Pappenheim emerged from a settlement with two old courtyards.
They were situated northern and southern of the “Altmühl-knee”, which the flow builds in the north of the “mountain-ram”. This one, later should hump the castle.
In its area, th “Herrengasse” was situated with the “Old palace”, also as the “Bauhof”.
Presumably, the later castle at that time, consisted only of a low built tower, with a little house around.
The settlement of the area to the present Pappenheim, goes back to the later Stone Age. By 400 before Christ, Celts here settled down.
The area around Pappenheim and Weißenburg was since primitive times , linchpin with appropriate strategic importance, because of an intersection, west-eastern (Nibelungenstraße) and north-south trade routes.
A first major settlements should be created, around the year 500, when the Franks displaced the Alemanni.