Reitzenstein, Franziska, Freifrau von

BORN 19 Sep 1834, Schloss Härtenstein, Schwaben - DIED 4 Jun 1896, München, Bayern
BIRTH NAME Nyss, Franziska, Reichsgräfin von
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alte Südfriedhof, Thalkirchnerstrasse 17 (Neue Arkade 105)

Daughter of the judicial counsellor Von Nyss from Augsburg. She was well educated in history and philosophy and moved in noble circles. In 1849 she married Friedrich August Freiherrn von Reitzenstein. He died a few months after the marriage and after his death she travelled to Venice and Rome.

In 1860 she started writing for several magazines. She was supported by Karl Gutzkow and signed her writings as Nemmersdorf Franz. In 1862 her first novel "Unter den Ruinen" was published. Futher novels followed and her work was popular during her life. H. Holland wrote that she was beautiful when she was young, impressive when she was older and finally a ruin.

She lived in a house in Munich with her cats and this earned her the nickname Katzenbaronin. She died in 1896 and was buried at the Alte Südfriedhof in Munich.


The grave of Franziska von Reitzenstein at the Alte Südfriedhof, Munich.
Picture by Androom (04 Dec 2015)


• Hufnagel, Max Joseph, Berühmte Tote im Südlichen Friedhof zu München, Zeke Verlag, Würzburg, 1983
Franziska von Reitzenstein – Wikipedia


Published: 31 Jan 2016
Last update: 19 Apr 2022