Luisenruh Castle

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Aystetten municipality
Coordinates: 48 ° 24 ′ 34 ″  N , 10 ° 46 ′ 28 ″  E
Residents : (1987)
Postal code : 86482
Area code : 0821
South view of the castle, on the right the utility building

Luisenruh Castle (Louisenruh) is a two-storey building with a French mansard hipped roof. It is located in the municipality of Aystetten with a view of Aystetten Castle . Today the castle is owned by the community of heirs of Hößlin (also Hösslin) and Voit. It is not open to the public; external viewing is possible.


On the meadow to the three poplars near Aystetten, Sebastian Andreas Balthasar von Hößlin (1759–1845), later building director of the city of Augsburg, shortly after his marriage to Louise Freiin von Schnurbein on June 18, 1792, built a stately summer house. Before that, there was a small wooden shelter on the property, which collapsed when it was rotting. From then on, the little castle, named after the young wife of the aristocratic builder, served as a much-loved holiday meeting point for the von Hößlin family. Over the years, the lord of the castle, whose wife died five years after the wedding, created a small park that merged into the nearby forest. Directly next to the castle and more imposing than it, an economic building was built, which the builder turned into a veritable agricultural castle with a large portal, corner cuboid and gable field :

Floor plan of the Louisenruh Palace and
Manufactory (right) by G. Haevel, 1813
The demanding architectural form was soon followed by new, sometimes daring, economic experiments. In 1793, they obtained their own Tirkisch Korn (maize) and Welsche seeds (buckwheat) from Ulm, and after 1800 Sebastian and his daughter Louise started breeding silkworms. The family knew how to use even more economic advantages. From 1808 von Hößlin operated an earthenware factory in Louisenruh with a large kiln of the English design (a so-called Wedgewood oven), which was expanded in 1810 to include a brick factory. With its division of labor structure, the Steinguth-Fabrique Louisenruh is one of the earliest examples of industrial production in Bavaria .

The country palace experienced a social climax at the beginning of the 19th century. Hortense de Beauharnais lived in Augsburg for five years. During this time she visited with her son Louis Napoleon, who later became Emperor Napoleon III. several times Louisenruh :

In the memories of the Hößlin family there are still stories and stories about the stays of the young Louis Napoleon: Sometimes the noble gentleman threw in a window with an apple, sometimes he trembled at the ghost stories told .

In the castle there is still a lot of contemporary furniture consisting of tables, half-height showcases, chests of drawers and beds.


  • Barbara Zieser: 200 years of Luisenruh , Aystetten 1987
  • Gustav Guisez: The splendor of the lost paradise. Balthasar von Hößlin and his refuge Louisenruh. History of an imposing country castle and its visitors, in: Ebbes 1990 / H. 1, pp. 26-29
  • Christof Metzger: Country estates of Augsburg patricians , Munich / Berlin 2005
  • Wolfgang Czysz : Steinguthfabrique Louisensruh. Archeology and history of a stoneware factory in the 19th century near Aystetten in Bavarian Swabia. Neusäß 1992, ISBN 3-8242-9970-4 (= Neusäßer Schriften 7 ).

Web links

Commons : Schloss Luisenruh  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Hartmut Hösslin: Data from 5 Centuries, Augsburg 1997
  2. Metzger 2005, p. 60
  4. Metzger 2005, p. 57