Kranichstein Hunting Lodge

The Kranichstein Hunting Lodge, built by Jakob Kesselhut, is among the rare Renaissance hunting lodges still existant in Germany. Landgrave Georg I had it constructed at the end of the 16th century to house his many hunting parties.Later, the Lodge was used as a summer residence. The three-winged Renaissance chateau was one of the first horseshoe-shaped buildings in all of Germany. It was renovated and restored as a monument from 1988 to 1996.

The building is the centre of an extensive park featuring a number of shooting stands and the smaller lodges Dianaburg and Alexanderburg.

Today, the Hunting Lodge houses a hunting museum with a large collection of hunting weapons and equipment, furnishings from the hunting period and paintings depicting the hunt.