Hohenried Cemetery

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Hohenried Cemetery

Bernried, Landkreis Weilheim-Schongau, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
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The current site of Schloss Höhenried in Bernried was founded in 1914 (Hofgrund Bernried, Gut Adelsried) and 1927 (Gut Höhenried) from the St. Louis, MO, USA - born co-heiress of the Anheuser-Busch brewery, Wilhelmina Busch, and her first husband, Eduard Scharrer from Stuttgart. The couple Busch-Scharrer initially bought the Postvilla in Bernried and enjoyed great social prestige. After August Scharrer suddenly died in 1932, Wilhelmina Busch married her physician, Carl Borchard, in 1933, whom she divorced a few years later.

In 1937, she fulfilled her big dream of building a castle on the grounds. As early as February 1938, the topping-out ceremony was celebrated and in the summer of 1939 the castle was completed with 60 rooms. Wilhelmina Busch moved to Switzerland when the US entered the war, but kept her German passport.

The castle was confiscated in 1943. For the first two years, an orthopedic clinic was quartered here.

Shortly before the end of the war, Ms. Busch managed to move the Swiss embassies and the Geneva Red Cross to Höhenried, so that the entire property was protected from destruction. At the end of the war, the Americans confiscated Höhenried and left in March 1946.

Wilhelmina Busch herself returned to Höhenried for the first time in the autumn of 1946, and in 1948 married the American Consul General, Sam E. Woods, whom she had met in Switzerland in 1942. Due to the professional position of Sam Woods, significant political and social events took place in Höhenried.

In the years that followed, the Busch-Woods family decided to redesign the approximately 600,000-square-meter park according to his plans. The Mississippi ponds and an enclosure with white fallow deer are built, which are still in existence today. In addition, the Busch-Woods family donated the Bernried National Park in 1950, an area of ​​about 80 hectares, which can no longer be altered.

Wilhelmina Busch-Woods died of heart disease and heart surgery in 1952 in Munich. She was buried at Wilhelminen Platz in Höhenrieder Park. Her husband, Sam Woods, died shortly thereafter, surprisingly in 1953, he was buried in Höhenried. On the coffins is the saying: "Love never ends".

After the death of both, the fortune was transferred to a community of heirs, who did not had much interest in keeping the castle. Thus, the plant was sold and acquired on in 1955 by the LVA Oberbayern.

First, in the years 1958 to 1966 "preventative cures" were performed in Schloss Höhenried. After extensive construction work, the Klinik Höhenried was opened in 1967. Since this time Höhenried is a rehabilitation center for cardiology, orthopedics and psychosomatics.

On the grounds of Schloss Höhenried is the Museum of Imagination, better known as the Buchheim Museum.

GPS Coordinates: 47.87709, 11.28546

  • Added: 26 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2635989