Foundation and bearer of Hotel Kloster Holzen

"Every human being is precious" is the mission statement of the Dominikus-Ringeisen-Foundation. Today this is the broad social consensus but at the end of the 19th century this was by no means the case. The priest Dominikus Ringeisen lived and worked by this premise. From 1884 to 1904 he worked and campaigned for – along with the nuns and sisters of the St. Joseph Congregation – the interests and needs of people with disabilities.

To this day, members of the Dominikus-Ringeisen-Foundation carry out their work in his name. Also in Holzen ...

  • Legal form: ecclesiastical foundation under public law.
  • Task: Providing support for over 4,000 people with disabilities.
  • Locations: Ursberg (where the foundation was founded), Holzen and around 30 other locations in Bavaria.
  • Members: around 3,300 employees.

Origin and location

The Dominikus-Ringeisen-Foundation has its origins in the former Premonstratensian abbey in Ursberg. It is there that Dominikus Ringeisen built the first institution for disabled people in 1884 and also where the headquarters of the foundation can still be found today.

In addition to Ursberg, the Dominikus-Ringeisen-Foundation is also active in around 30 further locations throughout Bavaria. One of them is Holzen: Apart from the hotel, which the foundation runs through its Kloster Holzen GmbH subsidiary, it also has several facilities for people with disabilities.

Spirituality and mission

The foundation's work is based on the example set by its founder Dominikus Ringeisen and on the Christian faith. Its members see it as a Christian responsibility to support people with special needs. And there is more to that than simply fulfilling professional criteria, caring and providing support. It is also about creating conditions through which they can participate in today's standard of living and where they can develop their personality. Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly: to become accepted as valuable and enriching members of society.


People with special needs and their families will receive all the advice and assistance they need relating to helping people with handicaps here at the Dominikus-Ringeisen-Foundation. In addition, they will find offers of support, education, care and guidance which is customised to their individual situations. And that in all stages of life: from school to living in a community, to workplace situations or elderly day care centres.

The employees who provide the support are also trained and funded by the Dominikus-Ringeisen-Foundation - at our own professional and vocational schools, during a voluntary social year, while training and while on an internship.

For further information about the Dominikus-Ringeisen-Foundation please take a look at their website: