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Insider stories – The “millionaire farmer” of Neuhausen

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There are many stories that only Munich citizens know. We want to bring those insider stories to you. This time we tell you the story about the “millionaire farmer” of the district Neuhausen.

In the 1860s Munich grew fast and the cityborder was near the town of Neuhausen. At that time Neuhausen was a town like every other town near Munich. A city centre, with a butcher, a bakery, a bit industry, and some farmers. One of them owned the fields between what is nowadays Rotkreuzplatz (Red Cross Square) and Hirschgarten. As this old farmer died, his heir, Lorenz Hauser owned this land. In 1890 the town of Neuhausen became a district of Munich and Lorenz Hauser sold the fields one by one. Because of Munich grewing fast, living room was needed so the ground prices rose quick and Lorenz Hauser became soon millionaire. Lorenz loved the style of king Ludwig II of Bavaria (the one who built Neuschwanstein castle). So he also built a castle in the district Allach in 1900.
As he was very rich, he gave many parties for the Munich high society and also lavished his money. It is said he sometimes drove with his carriage through Munich throwing money out of the window. And he once said a sentence that is used until today by the citizens. This sentence was the life motto of Lorenz Hauser: “S’Geid muas unter d’Leit” (bavarian for: money has to circulate, literally: money needs to be “under” [brought to and used by] the people).

von Gras-Ober (Eigenes Werk) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 oder GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons – The Allach castle of Lorenz Hauser


But he wasn’t really satisfied with his castle so he sold it only eight years after it was bult (1908) to wealthy aristocrats. The castle and the ground around it was sold to BMW which had a fabric nearby in 1942. After the war the castle was used by American soldiers who could spend their leisure time there. They heavily fished in the nearby lakes and hunted down nearly every deer in the woods. The castle also nearly burnt down because of a barbecue which was held in the entrance hall of the castle. In 1955 the ruined castle was sold to MAN. This corporation producing machines, lorries and buses owns the castle until today and uses it as a representative building for guests and meetings. Therefore it is not open to public. But what happened to Lorenz Hauser? Still rich, he died in 1918. He is buried on the cemetary of the small Neuhausen church (the smallest cemetary in Munich) right next to other famous persons like Oskar von Miller, engineer and constructor of the Deutsches Museum.

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