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Solms-Laubach is a branch of the Solms family , descended from the Solms-Lich line. The Counts of Solms-Laubach were regents of the sovereign imperial county of Solms-Laubach, an imperial territory of the Holy Roman Empire . The seat of the family is still the Laubach Castle .


After 1418, the Lords of Falkenstein-Münzenberg extinct, the counts of could Solms-Braunfels strong growth area in the Wetterau recorded, including the reigns of münzenberg castle , Schloss Hungen , Castle Lich and Schloss Laubach . They entered the 1422 founded Wetterau Association of Counts in the 1495 at the Diet of Worms , the imperial estate shaft and a Kuriatstimme in the Imperial Council received and from 1512 a permanent representative to the Diet sent. This gave the House of Solms imperial immediacy .

In 1537 Count Philipp von Solms-Lich bought the then electoral authority of Sonnewalde and in 1544 the manor Pouch ; the descendants of his younger son Otto (1496–1522) inherited this, along with Laubach . Count Otto zu Solms-Laubach (1550-1612) was the first of this line to reside in Sonnewalde . In 1596 Otto also bought the Baruth estate, including the Mahlsdorf and Zesch estates, which belonged to the Lower Lusatia margravate . In 1602 Otto also fell under the rule of Wildenfels (southwest of Zwickau ) due to a hereditary brotherhood with the Lords of Wildenfels , which came under Electoral Saxon rule in 1706, but retained special rights as a free class rule .

From 1615 to 1945 a separate branch, split off from Laubach, resided, the Counts (from 1888 princes) of Solms-Baruth , at Baruth Castle and later also at Golßen Castle . Separate branches also formed in Sonnewalde and Wildenfels.

The branch of the Counts of Solms-Laubach continued to split into the branches Laubach and Rödelheim in 1607 , when Count Johann Georg divided the county between his two eldest sons: Albert Otto (1576–1610) received Laubach , Utphe and Münzenberg and founded the independent county Solms-Laubach, which was owned by his descendants, the Counts of Solms-Laubach , until 1676 . Friedrich (1574–1636) received Rödelheim , a 5/12 share in Assenheim and Petterweil as an independent county of Solms-Rödelheim .

The Laubacher branch expired in 1676 and the county fell to Johann Friedrich zu Solms-Wildenfels, whose descendants form the younger Laubacher branch. The county of Solms-Laubach became part of the newly created Grand Duchy of Hesse through mediation in 1806 . With the establishment of the German Confederation , the house of Solms-Laubach became a nobleman with the title of exaltation according to Article XIV of the German Federal Act of June 8, 1815. As a nobleman, the senior of the house automatically had a seat in the first chamber of the estates of the Grand Duchy by virtue of the constitution Hessen . Since secularization in 1810, the Arnsburg Monastery has also belonged to the Counts of Solms-Laubach, who still live in Laubach Castle to this day . Until 1928 the Utphe estate and until 1935 the Munzenberg Castle belonged to the property.

Count of Solms-Laubach
  1. Otto (1496–1522) ⚭ Anna of Mecklenburg (1485–1525)
  2. Friedrich Magnus I (1521–1561) ⚭ Agnes von Wied
  3. Johann Georg I (1547–1600) ⚭ Margarethe von Schönburg-Glauchau (1554–1606)
    1. Agnes zu Solms-Laubach (1578–1602), Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel
    2. Sophie von Solms-Laubach (1594–1651), wife of Margrave Joachim Ernst of Brandenburg-Ansbach
    3. Dorothea von Solms-Laubach (1579–1731), wife (since May 17, 1607) of Wild and Rhine Count Johann-Kasimir zu Salm Kyrburg (1577–1651)
  4. Albert Otto I. (1576–1610) ⚭ Anna of Hessen-Darmstadt
  5. Johann Georg II. (1591–1632) ⚭ Anna Maria von Erbach-Fürstenau (1603–1663)
  6. Albert Otto II. (1610–1639) ⚭ Catharina Juliana von Hanau-Münzenberg (1604–1688)
  7. Carl Otto (1633–1676) ⚭ Amöne Elisabeth von Bentheim-Steinfurt (1623–1701)

With Count Carl Otto, the old Laubach line of Count Solms-Laubach dies out.

Neu-Laubacher Line
  1. Johann Friedrich zu Solms-Wildenfels (1625–1696) ⚭ Benigna von Promnitz (1648–1702)
  2. Friedrich Ernst (1671–1723) ⚭ Friederike Charlotte von Stolberg-Gedern (1686–1739)
  3. Friedrich Magnus II. (1711–1738)
  4. Christian August (1714–1784) ⚭ 1. 1738 Elisabeth Amalie zu Ysenburg-Büdingen in Birstein (1714–1748), 2. 1751 Karoline Amalie von Nassau-Siegen (1715–1752), 3. 1753 Dorothea Wilhelmine Bötticher, Countess von Löwensee (1725–1754)
  5. Friedrich Ludwig Christian (1769–1822) ⚭ Henriette von Degenfeld-Schönburg (1776–1847), Chief President of the Prussian Province of Jülich-Kleve-Berg
    1. Reinhard zu Solms-Laubach (1801–1870), Prussian major general
  6. Otto (1799–1872) ⚭ Luitgarde zu Wied (1813–1870)
    1. Ernst Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1837–1908), district director of the Strasbourg district
      1. Ernstotto Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1890–1977), art historian and museum director
    2. Hermann Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1842–1915), botanist
  7. Friedrich (1833–1900) ⚭ Marianne zu Stolberg-Wernigerode (1836–1910)
    1. Wilhelm zu Solms-Laubach (1861–1936), District Administrator in Schlüchtern
    2. Karl zu Solms-Laubach (1870–1945), district administrator in Hofgeismar
  8. Otto (1860–1904) ⚭ Emma zu Isenburg-Büdingen-Büdingen (1870–1944)
    1. Bernhard Bruno Graf zu Solms-Laubach (1900–1938), theater director and member of the Hessian state parliament
  9. Georg Friedrich (1899–1969) ⚭ Johanna zu Solms-Hohensolms-Lich (1905–1982)
  10. Otto (1926–1973) ⚭ Madeleine zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (* 1936)
  11. Karl Georg (* 1963) 1.⚭ 1. Julia Willers (* 1966), 2. Celina von Luttitz (* 1973, granddaughter of Rudolf August Oetker )


  • Rudolph zu Solms-Laubach: History of the Count and Princely House of Solms. Adelmann, Frankfurt am Main 1865 ( digitized ).
  • Lars Adler : Re-registration and digitization of the documents of the Count's House of Solms-Laubach. A completed project in the context of the state aristocratic archive maintenance . In: Archivnachrichten aus Hessen No. 13/1 (2013), pp. 72–73.