What is Swabia?

Swabia’s name is derived from that of the Suebi, a Germanic people who, with the Alemanni, occupied the upper Rhine and upper Danube region in the 3rd century AD and spread south to Lake Constance and east to the Lech River. Known first as Alemannia, the region was called Swabia from the 11th century. The…

Kastler Loch

Restaurant Chastenloch Several years ago this postcard came to me from eBay. The text on it reads: “Kastler Loch (Canton Appenzell)”. I was able to locate the current establishment, and wrote them regarding the postcard. They said that the name Chastenloch probably comes from the name Kastler Loch, when the original Kast family lived in…