The name "Mariabrunn" dates back to 1662 and refers to
the chapel and a well ("brunn") where the water was once believed to have magical healing effects /properties/powers.
Mariabrunn has been known as a spa in Germany since 1670. In 1863 Amalie Hohenester, a healing practitioner, bought the estate. Amalia was educated by her aunt in a monastery but preferred life outside the confinement of a monastery. Amalie successfully diagnosed and cured patients during and during her lifetime as a healer at Mariabrunn and gained European wide recognition amongst the rich and famous of the times. Dignitaries who are known to have visited include the Empress Sisy of Austria, Tsar Alexander II of Russia and Baron Rothschild of France.
Following Amalie Hohenester death in 1878 Mariabrunn inevitably lost its popularity as a healing location. In 1907 the estate was bought by Friedrich Breitling as a gift to his son Herbert Breitling. Since thereafter, the estate has been owned by the Breitling family whose third generation family members are happy to guide visitors around their property.