|In the background Staufen's town hall before its renovation|
The first thing I learned was that the name Staufen has nothing to do with the famous Hohenstaufen nobility for their mountain and castle are located in the Swabian Jura.
|The Hohenstaufen in Swabia (©Kreuzschnabel/Wikipedia)|
|Staufen's Schlossberg as seen from the train station|
The first place our group visited was the Fark'sche* Werkstatt of 1892 with some old machine tools dating back to the 19th century.
*Note the Deppenapostroph
|Entrance to the Fark workshop|
|Manfred Kiefer is proud of "his" machines explaining them to a full house. |
A picture of the original water wheel is shown in the back.
|A labyrinth of wheels and transmission belts|
|Standing drilling machine: a museum piece still working|
|An old lathe in operation|
|An even older lathe|
|The small electric motor|
The next stop on our tour was in front of the Gasthaus Krone.
The painting on the wall shows a scene from the revolutionary year of 1948 when the landlord of the Crown Inn involved in the local uprising told soldiers fetching him under martial law: Ich dulde nicht, daß ich erschossen werde! (I will not tolerate to be shot!). Red Baron learned the true story. The commanding general of the government troops Friedrich Hoffmann had not yet received a necessary written authorization for executions under martial law. And indeed, the landlord of the Crown Inn was spared while other freedom fighters not knowing about the missing paper had already been shot.
|Note the little cannon ball marked 1848 high on the left|
With respect to a well preserved cannon ball Freiburg does better than Staufen. Our cannon ball stuck in the wall of the Loretto Chapel is bigger and more than hundred years older.
|Cannon ball from the French siege of Freiburg in 1744 |
stuck in the wall of the chapel on Lorettoberg
On our way to the town hall along Hauptstraße (Main Street) our guide showed us the spot from where to take the best shot of Staufen even when the weather is bad.
|Bächle (narrow water channels) in Staufen's Main Street|
|Note the red sticker glued over cracks plastered in a makeshift way: |
Staufen darf nicht zerbrechen (Staufen must not break)
|Staufen's redecorated town hall showing many cracks.|
One is pasted over by the red sticker (©joergens.mi/Wikipedia)
|Rathaus square-facing Renaissance window with Staufen's coat of arms |
showing three golden staufen (goblets). To the right the Austrian colors
and the double-headed eagle stand for 437 years of Habsburg rule.
|Bullet in a book|