How to get in Rauischholzhausen Conference Centre
 

Arriving   by plane
The nearest international airport is Frankfurt Airport, about 80 km south to Rauischholzhausen. From there you can either take a train, or, if you prefer, rent a car.

by train
Inside the terminal, please follow the signs down to the train station below the airport (the train station is below Terminal 1; if you arrive at Terminal 2 you have to go first to Terminal 1 via SkyLine, which is free of charge). You can either buy the train ticket to Marburg at the desk you pass on your way down to the platforms or directly at the platform (the RMV - the local public transport company - code for Marburg is 0501). Aalternatively you can come to Giessen first using the same train connectins. You have to take a train (S-Bahn) to Frankfurt Central Station (roughly every 10 to 15 minutes). At Frankfurt Central Station you will arrive at one of the underground platforms. To change trains, you have to go upstairs to the main platforms. There, the best is to take the so-called Interregio (IR) to Marburg (roughly 20 minutes after the full hour), the travelling time is about one hour. There will be a bus shuttle from the train station in Marburg to Rauischholzhausen - but not very frequent and not in the evening.
!!! PLEASE contact us in advance if you choose Giessen or Marburg, because we have to organize the transport to Rauischholzhausen !!!!

by rental car
Inside the terminal, there are offices of all international as well as some local car rental companies. After getting the car, follow the signs to the direction Kassel or Hannover, this will bring you to the A5 (Autobahn - highway - number 5) going north. Continue at Arriving by car.

Arriving by train

The fastest possibility to go to Giessen or to Marburg (the nearest train station to Rauischholzhausen) by train is to use the so-called Interregio (IR). For details, please check the time table of the Deutsche Bahn AG.
 
Arriving by car

The village Rauischholzhausen is on half way between Giessen and Marburg (you may want to have a look on a road map or and overview map). Usually, you will be either on the A5 or the A45. Follow the signs until you reach the Giessener Ring (a highway ring around Giessen). Leave the ring at the exit Giessener Nordkreuz, direction to Marburg. You can either use the B3 or the smaller road parallel to it. In both cases, leave the road at the exit Ebsdorfer Grund. Now, follow the street strait ahead for about 10 km. You will pass Erbenhausen, Hachborn, Ebsdorf, Heskem, and Wittelsberg. Finally, you will reach Rauischholzhausen. Inside the village, follow the signs Schloß (castle), they will lead you to the parking area of the castle. Leave your car there and walk a few meters down to the castle. Do not forget to print the map on left.

Schloß Rauischholzhausen Ė 
The Castle of Rauischholzhausen Conference Centre

The property was first mentioned in a charter book of the monastery of Fulda between 750 and 779 and was initially a fief of the Lords of Eppstein until the Archbishop of Mainz acquired it completely in 1369. From then on the vassals called themselves Lords Rau of Holzhausen, one of the knights on the eastern bank of the Rhine.
The last member of the Rau family served as an officer in the Hessian army. When Hesse-Kassel became part of Prussia he refused to join the Prussian army and sold all his property to the ambassadorís delegate Stumm.
The new owner, Ferdinand Stumm, was a member of a famous family of industrialists. He became imperial ambassador in Madrid and was ennobled by Kaiser Friedrich in 1888. Many famous lords, earls, and dukes were his guests, among others Kaiser Friedrich and the Duke of Hesse.
 

He resigned as an envoy in 1890 and died in 1925, which left him 35 years to take care of the castle and its park. His eldest son, Ferdinand von Stumm, inherited the castle and sold the complete Holzhausen property in 1937. The castle was bought by the Kerkhoff Foundation in Bad Nauheim and then leased to the University of Giessen as a site for experiments in agriculture.
The forest was sold to Mr. von Waldhausen, while the castle and the adjacent park were made available to the public. A school was founded in the castle for the training of kindergarten teachers.After having been confiscated as Nazi property by the allied forces in 1945, the castle and the park became property of the state of Hesse and were put at the disposal of the Justus Liebig University Giessen as a conference centre.
The castle of Rauischholzhausen was designed by the architect Carl Schaefer, a student of Gottlieb Ungewitter, in the style of Klein-Potsdam. The construction lasted from 1871 to 1878 and the castle was lavishly decorated. In 1873 the building collapsed, because the foundations had been badly layed. Carl Jonas Mylius and 
Alfred Friedrich Bluntschli, both students of the architect Semper, were commissioned to redesign the castle according to Schaeferís original concept. In 1875 the construction of the roof and the South East wing were completed. The main building, reminiscent of an English manor house, was finished a year later. In 1878 the half-timber wing of the building was completed.
When Rau von Holzhausen first lived on the location of today´s castle he stayed at the castle mill, which is located at the lower entrance to the park and was built in the 16th century. In today´s pond there was a water castle which could be approached through the large portal which still adorns the atrium of the castle. The door frame is decorated by a lionís head with a ring in its mouth and the ionic colums may be identified as belonging to the renaissance style.
The park is designed in the English style and contains almost 300 different types of trees. Two creeks run through the park and form several ponds connected by artificial cascading waterfalls. Sculptures including a Lithuanian princess, a female slave, a virgin, and a tired rambler may be found between groups of trees.

Address: Schloß Rauischholzhausen, Rauischholzhausen, 35085 Ebsdorfergrund, Tel. Castle administration:  06424/301100

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