Elmischwang Castle

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West front of the castle

Elmischwang Castle is located in the bushes and the western forests in the Augsburg district , about 500 meters from the entrance to Wollmetshofen (via Freiherr-von-Aufseß-Straße , formerly Bahnhofsstraße ), on a gently sloping meadow slope towards Neufnach, south of State Road 2026 between the market town of Fischach and Wollmetshofen in the Wollmetshofen district.


In the late Middle Ages, the Elmischwang manor belonged to the Canons of St. Moritz in Augsburg . From 1472 Hans Kirchtorf was feudal lord. At the end of the 15th century, one third of the estate belonged to Martha von Freyberg. It finally came into the possession of Raymund Fugger in 1528 . Several owners followed from the 17th century. These included the noble patrician families from Augsburg von Schnurbein and von Stetten . Christoph David von Stetten was the first owner to live in the pleasure house belonging to the estate during the summer months , which he had converted into a castle in 1796. Furthermore, he laid out the park again and arranged for the economic building to be converted into a greenhouse. In 1875 Elmischwang Castle passed to the baronial von Aufseß family . Hugo von Aufseß had the Villa Lehnersberg built in 1894/1895 on a wooded slope northeast of the castle (about one kilometer away).

In 1902, Alexander Freiherr von Aufseß had the original castle torn down. The “new” (and today's) castle was built directly afterwards on the same spot, namely “with its characteristic four 'Nuremberg corner dungeons' ... [he] paid tribute to the Franconian origin of the builder”. The Augsburg gardener Johann Schäfer was commissioned to redesign the palace gardens. The three-storey castle was built in 1902/1903 by the Munich architect Johann Rieperdinger in a blend of Neo-Renaissance and Art Nouveau.

Between 1957 and 1970, the old people's home , which had been located in the castle since 1946, was taken over by the Order of St. John .

Current usage

The Freiherr von Aufseß'sche retirement home has been housed in the castle and in the adjoining buildings since 1946 . The baronial family moved to the forest house opposite .

Since January 1st , 1998 the old people's home has been privately owned by Freiherrlich von Aufseß'sches Altenheim Schloß Elmischwang GmbH . As a result, the renovation of the entire area began in 1999/2000 , which was completed with an extension to the old people's home ( Karin Stoiber laid the foundation stone ). In October 2000 the new building was inaugurated with the participation of the then Bavarian State Secretary in the Ministry of Social Affairs, Georg Schmid . In the course of the new building, a small concert hall was built in which even today some public concerts are played, mainly classical music . In 2002, the 100th anniversary of the main palace was celebrated with a week of festivities. A concert grand piano for the ballroom in the new building could be purchased as a gift . In 2004 a fountain was finally set up again in the castle courtyard , which was mentioned in a document before 1900.

The roof structure in the main building of the castle has been renovated since 2019 . Due to insufficient financing , the sponsoring company of the Freiherrlich von Aufseß'sches Altenheim Schloß Elmischwang GmbH had to sell land in Wollmetshofen. These areas will now become the new development area Höflesweg at the entrance to Wollmetshofen on the right when coming from Fischach.

Geographical location

Elmischwang Castle is located in the Wollmetshof district of the same name, Elmischwang. The castle was built on the slightly sloping northern ridge of the Schalkenberg . The rails of the perennial railway are directly adjacent to the moderately sloping castle garden . The Neufnach flows another 50 meters to the north , and the village of Wollmetshofen begins about 100 meters from the river.

You can see Lehnersberg from the castle . Another district of Wollmetshofen, which lies downstream between Wollmetshofen and Fischach . Directly in front of Lehnersberg is the desert Sägmühle, which today forms the hamlet with the former Villa Lehnersberg .

Hiking trails

Several possible hiking trails cross in front of the entrance to the castle. For example, you can go to a private forest cemetery of the von Aufseß family or to part of the Bavarian-Swabian Way of St. James .

Transport links

Main page: Staudenbahn

Seen from Elmischwang, through an alley road, over a level crossing and a Neufnach bridge, you reach State Road 2026. Directly at the level crossing, only 150 meters from the reception courtyard of the castle, is the Wollmetshofen stop (formerly used as a train station ) lies on the route of the perennial railway.

On the state road 2026, directly at the junction to Elmischwang, is a bus stop with the associated name Elmischwang . The bus stop is regularly served by the AVV bus line 604 .


  • Wilfried Sponsel: Castles, palaces and residences in Bavarian Swabia - between Ries and Allgäu, between Iller and Lech . Typesetting and graphics partner, Augsburg 2006, ISBN 978-3-935438-54-4 , pp. 128–129.
  • Christof Metzger: country estates of Augsburg patricians . Munich / Berlin 2005.

Web links

Commons : Schloss Elmischwang  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Metzger 2005, p. 94
  2. a b Freiherr von Aufseß'sches Altenheim Schloß Elmischwang. Retrieved March 22, 2020 .
  3. Augsburger Allgemeine: Choir Festival in the Stauden. Retrieved March 22, 2020 .
  4. Augsburger Allgemeine: Love from distant lands. Retrieved March 22, 2020 .
  5. Höflesweg development area. Retrieved March 22, 2020 .

Coordinates: 48 ° 16 ′ 59.5 ″  N , 10 ° 37 ′ 25.7 ″  E