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Hohenstaufen Castle is a ruin lying above the town of Hohenstaufen, near Göppingen. It was the seat of the now-defunct House of Hohenstaufen. The castle can be found on Hohenstaufen Mountain, 684 m above sea level. The word Stauf (
drinking) refers to the conical shape of the mountain. According to written sources, Hohenstaufen castle was built in the second half of the 11th Century by Duke Frederick I of Swabia, as a fortress to protect family interests in the vicinity.
Since 1871, Hohenstaufen Castle has been regarded as a national monument. Walther Veeck undertook excavations on it between 1936 and 1938, and further excavations were made between 1967 and 1971, uncovering and securing the castle foundations. In 2009, additional work was done to preserve the site. The Staufer Museum, located at the intersection of Pfarrgasse and Kaiserbergsteige in Hohenstaufen, contains artifacts from and historical information about the site. The trail that leads to the castle site starts between the two churches that are adjacent to the museum.
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G&oum;ppingen is a city in southern Germany, part of the Stuttgart (Stuttgart vacation rentals | Stuttgart travel guide) Region of Baden-Württemberg. It is the capital of the district Göppingen. It is situated at the foot of the Hohenstaufen mountain (684 meters), in the valley of the river Fils.
Things to See in Göppingen
Städtisches Museum in Storchen
Städtisches Naturkundliche Museum
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More about the History of Göppingen
Tradition has it that the city was founded by an Alemannic leader called Geppo sometime in the 3rd or 4th century. A disastrous fire on August 25, 1782 destroyed most of the town, but it was immediately rebuilt. Industrialisation during the 19th century made the area into a centre of industry. The importance of such industry is still seen in the town in the present day in companies such as Märklin and Schuler.
In 1930, a civilian air field was built north of Göppingen. This was acquired by the Luftwaffe in 1935 and expanded into Fliegerhorst Kaserne. From 1945 through 1949, displaced persons and refugees were housed in the kaserne. In 1949, it was renamed Cooke Barracks in honor of Charles H. Cooke, Jr. who had been posthumously awarded the Silver Star and Soldier's Medal for gallantry in action. In late 1950, the 7th Army had been reactivated in Stuttgart (Stuttgart vacation rentals | Stuttgart travel guide) and U.S. Army units began to be stationed at Cooke Barracks. The barracks began to be expanded and was used as the 28th Infantry Division headquarters. The 28th Infantry was redesignated as the 9th Infantry Division (United States) in 1954 and was replaced by the 8th Infantry Division in 1956. They were then replaced by the 4th Armored Division in 1957, which was redesignated as the 1st Armored Division in 1971 and moved to Hindenburg Kaserne in Ansbach (Ansbach vacation rentals | Ansbach travel guide) in 1972. The 1st Infantry Division moved from Augsburg (Augsburg vacation rentals | Augsburg travel guide) in 1972 until they were deactivated in 1991. Cooke Barracks was returned to the German government in 1992. The barracks were again used to house refugees for some time, then returned to civilian use. A website, CookeBarracks.com, is dedicated to those who served at Cooke Barracks.
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Göppingen is a remarkable economic and cultural center located between Stuttgart and Ulm in the beautiful landscape at the foot of the majestic Mount Hohenstaufen.
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