Forum for Communication and Exchange 

      for Women in and around Freiburg, Germany

Welcome to the Network of English-Speaking Women!

The Network was founded in 1993 with the goal of providing a forum for communication and exchange between English-speaking women in and around Freiburg, Germany. By putting women in contact with one another and encouraging the exchange of information and experience – both personal and professional – the Network offers fun and informative evenings in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

Our next Meeting, Friday July 15th!

An Introduction to the Jesuitenschloss, Merzhausen with Erwin Schneider!

We are delighted to welcome back Erwin Schneider (Sylvia Ruecker’s husband) as speaker this evening. Erwin, now retired, spent many years with the Stiftungsweingut Freiburg and is very knowledgeable about the wines and the properties attached to the Foundation. At the time of our summer walk up to the Jesuitenschloss last year, several women asked about the Castle and the Schönberg on which it stands, which is why we have asked Erwin to share some of the history with us this evening.
Located on the northern Schönberg, the Jesuitenschloss derives its name from the Jesuits who taught at the University of Freiburg from 1620. Fifteen years later, in 1635, ownership of the estate was gifted to the Jesuits who, in 1662, began construction of the property. When the order was dissolved in 1773, the property was expropriated by the Austrian Habsburgs. Although the property changed hands several times in the following years, the Heiliggeistspitalstiftung became the owner in 1899, although one might be forgiven for thinking that the current owner would more than likely be the city of Freiburg or the municipality of Merzhausen.
Since 1985, after several phases of renovation, the winery of the Freiburg Heiliggeistspitalstiftung - Stiftungsweingut Freiburg, founded in 1298, has been established on the property. And from 2000 to 2007, the castle hall and park were lovingly renovated for special celebrations.

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With best wishes,

Ingrid, Liz, Sylvia

Your Network Coordinating Team