Hunting Castle Kranichstein

During my recent Visit to Darmstadt i also made a Visit to the small Hunting Castle Kranichstein in the north of Darmstadt. The let the three-winged Renaissance buolding was built between  1578 and 1580  builder Jakob boiler Huth for Landgrave Georg I. of Hesse-Darmstadt. The hunting enthusiastic Landgrave Ernst Ludwig  and Ludwig VIII. ogf Hesse-Darmstadt organized there hunting festivals in the form of hunts and the “set hunting”. Given the then expedient construction was adapted to Baroque notions of representation, elegance and luxury.In the surrounding forest was allowed to beat star-shaped clearings for hunting. Ludwig VIII is allowed. The baroque hunting palace Dianaburg in 1765, located as part of the overall system of the castle Kranichstein and about two and a half kilometers north of this. Over 350 years, the Estate was used by the Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt  and later Grand Dukes of Hesse and by Rhine for hunting. Museum it was only when the last Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig had to gather in 1917 all hunting equipment and related accessories from all its palaces and hunting lodges here. Hofmarschall Kuno Graf von Hardenberg established the Hunting  Museum.The Hessischer Jägerhof Foundation acquired the plant after the Second World War and finally opened in 1952, the museum again with a focus on Baroque period.From 1988 to 1996 the castle was extensively renovated by the Land Hesse, the city of Darmstadt and the Hessischer Jägerhof Foundation. The faithful Renaissance version was restored on the ground floor.


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