Staufen im Breisgau


Mentioned for the first time in AD 770, Staufen is mainly known as a ‘Faust City’ due to its most prominent inhabitant, Johann Georg Faust. It is said that here, in Gasthaus/Inn zum Löwen, the famous character of Goethe (and not only), hired as a gold manufacturer by the local nobleman and ruler Anton von Staufen, died in his room as a result of an alchemical explosion. That happened in 1539.

To this story bears witness the inscription on the inn’s façade…


…. that tells how in 1539, after the expiration of a 24-year-long pact made between Faust and the Devil, the latter broke the neck of the alchemist and led his soul in Hell….

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Near to the inn is also the historic building of the Old Town Hall.

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The ruins of the castle of the settlement’s lords – von Staufen/of Staufen, erected at the beginning of the 12th century, and the vine plantations on the hill.

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That cast-iron bridge over Neumagen River from 1870 is listed as a monument, since it is the only one of its kind preserved in Germany.

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