13th EOU Congress 2022
March, 14 - 18, 2022
photo: Christian Höfs
The conference dinner will take place in the beautiful castle of Rauischholzhausen on 16th of March, 2021. The dinner will start around 19:30 with a buffett menu. As the location has limited seating options (~200), please mention your participation on the conference dinner in the registration.
- At the Gießener Nordkreuz, leave the Gießener Ring on the B3 (four lanes) in the direction of Marburg.
- Take the Fronhausen / Ebersdorfer Grund exit in the direction of Ebersdorfer Grund.
- On the two-lane country road through the villages of Hachborn, Ebsdorf, Heskem, Wittelsberg you come to Rauischholzhausen after 17 km (approx. 20 minutes from the Fronhausen exit).
The way to the castle is signposted in Rauischholzhausen. You will find the entrance above the castle, here you drive directly to the parking lot. There is space for 37 cars; There are additional parking spaces in the surrounding streets. From the parking lot, take the signposted footpath that leads you down the small hill to the castle. The entrance is under the archway.
The local organizers rented a bus for transportation. The busses will leave the conference site on the scientific campus of the JLU at 18.00 o’clock. Prizes for transportation are included in the overall price for the conference dinner.
The origin of the small town of Rauischholzhausen dates back to 1248, when Adolfus von Schrikede (Schröck) took over the landgrave’s property in Holzhausen as a fief in exchange for the Frauenberg (near Marburg) from Sophie von Brabant. From then on he called himself Ruwe (Rau) von Holzhausen. The Holzhausen near Amöneburg later became the Rau’sche Holzhausen (Rauischholzhausen). A moated castle and several half-timbered houses (still preserved today) were built on the site of today’s castle pond.
The last member of the Rau family served as an officer in the Hessian army. When Hessen-Kassel became part of the Prussian Kingdom, the latter refused to join the Prussian army. In 1873 the two gentlemen Rau von Holzhausen sold their entire property (1900 Hessian fields) to Ferdinand Stumm, legation counselor at the German embassy in Petersburg. With the sale, the more than 500 year old family history of the Rau von Holzhausen came to an end.
After the property was taken over by the Stumms, building activity began in Holzhausen. First, the old moated castle, the adjoining farmyard and the tithe barn were demolished. On the hill behind, the beautiful castle and a farmyard were built from 1871 to 1878. In the years that followed, the Stumms built several charitable buildings such as a church, an ev. Parish hall, a dairy and an old people’s home. The estate was sold to the Kerckhoff Foundation (Bad Nauheim) as early as 1934, which in turn leased it to the University of Giessen as an agricultural experimental estate (today: teaching and testing facility). After they had been confiscated as National Socialist property in 1945 by the Allies, the palace and park were transferred to the newly founded State of Hesse, which transferred it to the re-established Giessen University for use and property management.