You’d think that just because the town of Staufenberg in Lower Saxony shares the same name with Staufenberg in Hesse that it wouldn’t be all that special.
But, I beg to differ. This Staufenberg has the distinction of being the southern most town in the federal state. You’ll find it on the Fulda River not too far from Kassel (about 12km to its northeast).
Who cares about its geography when its got a castle ruin that dates to around 933. You might not think the Burgruine Sichelnstein is that old, because it underwent serious expansion work in the 14th century, but it is. I think its meter thick walls are seriously impressive.
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All right then, if that doesn’t impress you maybe the peat bogs will. The moorlands of Germany are a sight to be seen; and its full of endangered plants along its hiking trails.
One of the coolest trails is the Barefoot Hiking Path through the Nature Park Münden. The entire thing is designed to be done barefoot — as if the name didn’t tell you that already. ;-)
Within the nature park you’ll also find a Roman fortress, Lippold Castle, and Bronze Age burial mounds. So, you’re not getting out of here anytime soon.
Staufenberg has another castle. I should say it did have one. Not too much remains of the Spiegelburg, a tiny castle (measuring only 30×30 meters) that archaeologists date to around the 12th century. It’s found along the Forest Path if you want to see it.
I know I could never tire of German castles, but in case you do there’s St. Peter’s Church (built 1801), the Johanniskirche in the village of Uschlag, a tiny replica of a medieval village in Steinroda, and the half-timbered Gollong Haus (free admission no less — awesome).
Yeah, I think Lower Saxony’s Staufenberg is really special — even if it does share a name with another.