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Staufenberg Castle, Durbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany | Durbach and Oberkirch - Baden-Württemberg, Germany (IMG_6198.jpg)

Staufenberg Castle, Durbach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

The Staufenberg suffered heavy damage during the Thirty Years War. The fortress was plundered by French marauders during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King. The subsequent plan to rebuild the stronghold into a French fort, however, failed due to a lack of access to drinking water. And the castle was once again returned to the ownership of the House of the Margrave of Baden. In 1693, Louis William Margrave of Baden, the "Türkenlouis" and godchild of the Sun King, reacquired the castle. Befitting the style of the time, it was expanded into a 'Romantic' castle in 1832.
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