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Mülheim an der Ruhr, 20 - 23 August 2023
Wolfsburg (Mülheim an der Ruhr)
The Wolfsburg in Mülheim an der Ruhr is a Catholic academy, a house for adult education and social education of the diocese of Essen.
The building, designed in the local style with strong Art Nouveau elements, was built in 1906 as the summer residence of the Böllert brewery family from Duisburg. For a short time, the facility was used as an alternative site for the Raffelberg brine bath, which was able to open later than expected due to construction delays. The name is based on the last wolf shot in the area, which is why the hill on which the Wolfsburg stands is called Wolfsberg. For decades, the Wolfsburg was a popular place for excursions in the Speldorf forest for guests from the area, especially since you could ride up from the Ruhr on donkeys.
During the Second World War, the administration of the 4th Flak Division was located in the Wolfsburg building from about May 1942 to April 1945. After the war, the large house served as quarters for British officers.
At the beginning of the 1990s, the Wolfsburg was completely renovated and converted into today’s modern conference venue. The listed facades were preserved, the Art Nouveau windows were faithfully reproduced.
In 1958 the property was acquired from the newly founded diocese of Essen by Ruhr bishop Franz Hengsbach. Since 1960, the Wolfsburg Catholic Academy has been a center for adult education and social education for the diocese of Essen. Today it employs 51 people. Academy Director Judith Wolf reports directly to Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck. Conferences are held in the academy, which are offered by the company’s social, economic and sports ethicists. But there are also groups of guests who only use the rooms.