One of the three prominent imperial mountains in the Stauferland between Göppingen and Schwäbisch Gmünd is the Hohenstaufen. This is where the mighty Staufers built their ancestral seat in the 11th century, from which they rose to become powerful kings and emperors in Central and Southern Europe. Today, only the remains of the walls of the castle can be seen on the top of the hill, which were found during two archaeological excavations in the 20th century. Many poets and painters of the Swabian Romantic period have always come to Hohenstaufen to visit the remains of the castle. Today, Hohenstaufen with its great view of the Stauferland is a popular destination for excursions.