to the Ortenau's finest terrace
Schloss Staufenberg in Durbach
A panoramic view in every direction! This must have been the benchmark set roughly 1000 years ago by the Graves of Stouffenberg when they built their fortress on the 383 meter high rocky outcrop above the Durbach Valley. And indeed: The views are outstanding. A remarkable region where you can sip the sun in a glass of wine, where the sunsets are breathtaking, and where seldom a guest leaves without having fallen just a little bit in love with this truly special piece of earth.
History of a landmark
Schloss Staufenberg entered into the possession of the Margrave of Baden in 1366 — and since 1693 has remained in the ownership of the Margrave's descendants. In the years between, Schloss Staufenberg became the hub of Baden viniculture not least due in part to numerous weddings, regime changes, war, destruction and plundering. Yet history speaks for itself: The Margraves of Baden have done more than just own Schloss Staufenberg, they've also taken excellent care of it. Extensive renovations were undertaken to repair the damages from the 30 Years War, including an expansion of the fortress in the 19th century into a Romantic-style castle.
Tourist destination with international appeal
Following a labor-of-love restoration in 2012, the inner courtyard and surrounding buildings now radiate with a brilliant shine. They are the present home to the self-service terrace restaurant, the Weinstube Schloss Staufenberg (a wine bar), a farmer's market in the courtyard offering high-quality regional produce, and the Chocolaterie Danner — as well as a branch of Weingut Markgraf von Baden with a tasting room and retail shop. The bird-of-prey demonstration is a popular local diversion as well.And following its latest renovation, Schloss Staufenberg is a prime tourist magnet with local delicacies for everyone!