The family seat

Hohenstaufen Fortress Ruins

Hohenstaufen Fortress Ruins; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Achim Mende

Hohenstaufen Fortress Ruins; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Rolf Schwarz

Hohenstaufen Fortress Ruins; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Rolf Schwarz

Right into the late Middle Ages, the castle on Hohenstaufen was a focal point of political power. There is evidence that Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa stayed here in 1181.