Mentioned for the first time in AD 770, Staufen is mainly known as a ‘Faust City’ due to its most prominent inhabitant, Johann Georg Faust. It is said that here, in Gasthaus/Inn zum Löwen, the famous character of Goethe (and not only), hired as a gold manufacturer by the local nobleman and ruler Anton von Staufen, died in his room as a result of an alchemical explosion. That happened in 1539.
To this story bears witness the inscription on the inn’s façade…
…. that tells how in 1539, after the expiration of a 24-year-long pact made between Faust and the Devil, the latter broke the neck of the alchemist and led his soul in Hell….
Near to the inn is also the historic building of the Old Town Hall.
The ruins of the castle of the settlement’s rulers – von Staufen/of Staufen, erected at the beginning of the 12th century, and the vine plantations on the hill.
That cast-iron bridge over Neumagen River from 1870 is listed as a monument, since it is the only one of its kind preserved in Germany.