Metzingen, The county of Reutlingen
First mentioned in 1075, a so-called Eberhard of Metzingen lived in a water castle east of the Martinskirche. His family probably built a castle on top of Metzingen’s vineyard around 1100. In the 13th century, a part of the family of Stöffeln acquired Metzingen, who from then on called themselves Stöffeln of Weinberg. They were first mentioned in combination with the castle in 1281. Together with parts of the village, it was given to Count Eberhard I of Württemberg in 1317. It probably was destroyed in military conflicts and never rebuilt. Today, the Weinbergtürmle, which was built in 1596 and provided shelter in bad weather, reminds visitors of the location of the former castle.