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Today is Ascension Day, "Christi Himmelfahrt" in German, and a public holiday. They closed a 14km (8.5 mile) stretch of wine-country road to motor traffic, and between 10:00 and 18:00 the greatest peril pedestrians faced was from speeding bicycles wreaking revenge for the fact that it is normally they that are the prey of speeding cars on these narrow winding roads at the foot of the Black Forest. The temporarily pedestrianised road runs between Staufen and Müllheim and, after an opening ceremony at the village of Laufen, almost half way bet...
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Sat on top of a vine covered hill, 86 metres (nearly 300ft) above the nearby town of Staufen, Staufen Castle traces its history as far back as Roman times, with finds that suggest a Roman watch tower occupied the spot where the ruins now stand (before ol' Alamanicus and his boys booted the Romans back across the Rhine, that is). Construction of the castle that you can, at least in part, see today was started around 1100 by a local lord, Adalbert von Staufen. The Staufen line died out on the death of George Leo von Staufen in 1602, and after 160...
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