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Museum Jagdschloss Kranichstein

The noble family of Hessen-Darmstadt ruled the Darmstadt area of Germany starting in the mid-16th century. They were enthusiastic hunters, especially Count George I, who ordered the construction of the palatial Jagdschloss Kranichstein (Kranichstein Hunting Lodge) to be built in the north of the city in 1578.

For the next 350 years, the local nobility and their guests enjoyed the sport of stalking game at this baroque hunting lodge and its vast surrounding forests. Today, the impressive Kranichstein hunting collection is based on the objects the Hessen-Darmstadt dynasty left behind from this era of courtly hunting.

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