Holzen in the times of change

Monastery. Palace. Hotel. Over the centuries Holzen has been in the possession of some very different owners and his been used in a variety ways. They have all left their mark and have shaped the face and spirit of Holzen:

>> History at a glance

  • 1150 Founding of the "New Waters" Benedictine double monastery
  • 12th century Monastery is moved to the edge of the forest on the western banks of the River Schmutter and name is changed to "Holzen"
  • 1470 Dissolution of the male convent
  • 1525/47 Severe damage during the Peasants' War in 1525 and the Smalcald War in 1546/47
  • 1556 Reconstruction on the monastery and the church
  • 1617 Raised to abbey status by Bishop Henry V.
  • 1632 Abandoned due to the Swedish invasion; returned in 1647
  • 17th century Severe deterioration of the monastery complex with the result being demolition of planning of a new complex
  • 1696 Laying of the foundation stone for the current monastery on the Karlsberg mountain
  • 1802 Secularisation
  • until 1927 The palace is in the possession of the Earl of Treuberg
  • 1927 The palace is purchased by the St. Joseph Congregation Ursberg and is used once again as a monastery and as a home for the mentally disabled and old people, during the Second World War had to be vacated to make room for a hospital ward.
  • since 1952 Restoration of the monastery complex
  • 1996 Transfer of ownership through establishment of the Dominikus-Ringeisen-Foundation
  • 2008 Kloster Holzen GmbH is founded
  • 2010 Convent building is converted into a hotel
  • Autumn 2011 Hotel opens

You can read all about the eventful history of Holzen in the high-quality photo book "Kloster Holzen: A Jewel of the Swabian Baroque". This is available for viewing and purchase at our hotel reception desk. Alternatively, you can take yourself on a search for clues and book a guided tour with the hotel manager (8 € per person).
From autumn 2014, you can take part in the monastery tour with our Sister Katharina. Sister Katharina will guide you through Kloster Holzen while telling some fascinating stories.