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The name “Mariabrunn” dates back to 1662 and refers to a chapel and a well. The water of the well was once believed to have magical healing effects and since 1670 Mariabrunn was known as a spa location in Germany. In 1863 Amalie Hohenester, a healing practitioner, bought the estate. Amalie successfully diagnosed and cured many patients. During her lifetime as a healer, Mariabrunn gained European wide recognition. Dignitaries known to have visited include the Empress Sisy of Austria, Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Baron Rothschild of France.
Following Amalie Hohenester's death in 1878, Mariabrunn inevitably lost its popularity as a healing spa. In 1907 the estate was bought by Friedrich Breitling for his son Herbert Breitling. Since then the estate has been owned by the Breitling family whose third generation of family members is happy to guide visitors around the property. A small and historical church remains popular for baptisms and marriages, as well as for pilgrims coming to pray for Holy Maria. Numerous religious and other events are usually combined with visits to the beer garden.