The walls that sit enthroned on the prominent rock nose, the Staufenberg in Durbach, are visible from afar. For 1000 years you have been looking from here to the peaks of the Black Forest, over Ortenau and Alsace. As defensive as it was in earlier centuries, the walls are so inviting to its visitors today. The family of the Margrave of Baden and the Durbach hotelier Dominic Müller (Hotel Ritter, Durbach) have created a place of hospitality here at Staufenberg Castle. A Baden landmark that attracts visitors far beyond the borders of Baden.
Viticulture in Ortenau, as in all of Baden, is closely interwoven with the history of Staufenberg Castle. The steep slopes of the Staufenberg have been planted with vines for centuries. A visit is worthwhile not only because of the incredibly beautiful landscape and the breathtaking view over the Rhine Valley to Alsace and beyond Strasburg, but also because of its eventful history. Staufenberg Castle was built as a castle by the famous Zähringer family, the ancestors of the Margraves of Baden, in the 11th century. In 1782, Margrave Carl Friedrich of Baden, the later Grand Duke and creator of Baden's quality viticulture, grew pure Riesling here for the first time in the “Klingelberg” area. This gave rise to a myth, the “Klingelberger”, which stands for the unique Riesling tradition in Ortenau. Special attractions are the newly designed wine bar with the most visited viewing terrace in the region and our new, beautiful wine shop.