Rastatt University

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The Rastatt University existed only on paper.

When the margravial line of Baden-Baden died out in 1771 , many offices and officials were appointed to the court in Karlsruhe . With this measure Rastatt threatened to sink into insignificance; In order to counteract this, suitable uses were sought for the numerous buildings.

As early as 1766, plans were drawn up to build a university in Rastatt, but dropped again due to lack of money. These plans were taken up again in 1773, as one could now access the property of the forbidden Jesuit order in Baden-Baden .

When space had already been created for 100–200 students and the first professors had already been appointed, it was found that the money was still insufficient and the project was discontinued again.

The project was forgotten until in 1919, while researching the General State Archives , Adolf Seyb came across old documents with the title: Plan to build a university in Rastatt .

When the WWF - Auen-Institut Rastatt was converted into an independent research facility in the Institute for Water and Water Development at the University of Karlsruhe in 2004, Rastatt finally became a university location. The Auen Institute's tasks are to provide scientific advice to nature conservation organizations and authorities and to provide academic training for the next generation of nature conservationists.

Individual evidence

  1. WWF-Auen-Institut Rastatt


  • Adolf Seyb: A plan to establish a university in Rastatt . In: ZGORh 74 (1920), pp. 205 ff. Online .