Johann Gottlieb Süsskind was one of the great personalities of Augsburg at the beginning of the 19th century. His private bank turned him into one of the richest men in Swabia. It wasn't just the king, but also the middle classes who borrowed money from him. Süsskind invested part of his wealth in a total of seven castles. Two of these are still owned by the family. The eighth "Baron von Süsskind" currently lives at Dennenlohe Palace, which is situated between Dinkelsbühl and Gunzenhausen.
But the royal aristocrats already had a revolving door policy at Dennenlohe even prior to Gottlieb Süsskind. "Her Royal Highness" Margravine Friederike Louise von Ansbach-Bayreuth stayed for a visit, as did the popular Prussian Queen Luise, who visited her friend Lucie born Countess Hardenberg, married Countess of Pappenheim, the later Princess Pückler, in Dennenlohe in 1803, who lived there for 16 years separately from her husband before she married the famous Garden Prince Pückler in her second marriage. Even today, the Barons von Süsskind are closely linked with the Counts of Pappenheim; the mother of the current baron is a Countess of Pappenheim, for example.
All of these personalities spent time in Dennenlohe and left part of themselves at the palace – paintings, furniture or gardens are evidence that remain to this day – the green-fingered "green Baron" Robert Baron von Süsskind, who lives at Dennenlohe Palace to this day, enjoys giving guests and gardening fans personal tours of his gardens. The castle features a 25-hectare large, grand landscaped garden, a Botanical Garden and southern Germany's largest rhododendron park with lots of islands and bridges.
Those planning a longer stay can even stay in the palace itself. The "Schloss Dennenlohe - Château privé" offers 6 rooms and one suite, and has been a Sightsleeping Hotel since 2015.