It’s deja-vu. Didn’t I just write about Staufenberg? Didn’t you just read about Staufenberg?
Not this one? That was Staufenberg in Lower Saxony. Where’s this one then? Hesse. Gotcha! Thanks, I thought I was cracking up for a minute there.
No, seriously, I knew I was going to be writing about the Hessian Staufenberg on this page. I was just foolin’ around with ya. ;-)
Staufenberg’s landmark is Burg Staufenberg, a 13th century castle with a restaurant, a hotel, and a view of the Lahn Valley to die for. It is one of the biggest attractions in town, as it very well should be. This castle (or former castle) is as gorgeous as it is imposing and foreboding. I wouldn’t be surprised if parts of it were actually haunted.
Ha, just kidding again. ;-)
I wouldn’t suggest missing out on the Mainzlar Church. I get a kick out of hearing it was “renovated” in the 1650’s. Ha, imagine how old it really is — if it needed a facelift 350 years ago.
At least you don’t have to wait until the last Friday of the month to see the church, like you have to wait to see Museum Staufenberg. Oh, it’s worth it — it’s filled with all sorts of historical dress, household goods, and agricultural tools.
As you’re wandering about, get your camera ready since Hessian Staufenberg is filled with lots of half-timbered houses.
There are more framework houses in the village of Lumda, which also has a “grotto-like” area that was used back in the Stone Age. You’ll even see an old castle with a moat — don’t ya just love those? Yeah, me too.
The last thing on your agenda for H-E-S-S-I-A-N Staufenberg is its Kramer Market, an institution since the 14th century all thanks to the Countess Elisabeth Dorothea of Hesse.
Nope, sorry, I’m wrong. The last thing is Car-free Sunday. Not every Sunday, mind you. It’s the 3rd Sunday of August, where everyone either bikes, walks, or skates around Staufenberg, Allendorf, Lollar, and Rabenau. So, leave the Porsche or Benz behind & hoof it.
As much as I liked the other Staufenberg, there’s no way you’ll confuse the two — so no deja-vu for you!