In the southeast of the island of Rügen, the Granitz hunting lodge sits enthroned on the Temple Mount, amidst the mysterious beech forests and Granitz hills. With over a quarter of a million visitors a year, it is the best known and most popular castle in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The best way to get there is from the Baltic Sea resort of Binz with the Rügen small train, the Rasenden Roland, which is itself a famous sight on the island.
Jagdschloss Granitz: history
From 1837 to 1846, Prince Malte I of Putbus had the Granitz hunting lodge built by the architect Gottfried Steinmeyer. As early as the 18th century, a princely hunting lodge stood on the Tempelberg, because the Granitz was one of the most popular hunting areas in northern Germany.
During the hunting season, Prince Malte accommodated his noble guests in the newly built hunting lodge. The hunting lodge was family-owned until 1945. Today it is one of the most popular destinations on the island of Rügen.
Experience for the whole family: Jagdschloss Granitz, Rügen
Today the castle houses several exhibitions and a restaurant. The centerpiece of the building is the central tower built according to plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, which rises 38 meters above the Temple Mount and is widely visible as a landmark. Inside, a cast iron spiral staircase leads visitors up 154 steps. When you have overcome this hurdle, a magnificent panoramic view of the varied landscapes of the island of Rügen awaits you on the observation deck. Also worth seeing are the salons designed true to the original with furniture from the 19th century, the highlight of which is the famous marble hall. An extensive collection of hunting trophies and rifles commemorates the past as a hunting lodge.
In addition to these permanent exhibitions, the Granitz hunting lodge also hosts constantly changing exhibitions on many interesting topics. In the historic vaults, the castle’s inn pampers its guests with hearty regional dishes and delicious homemade cakes. Exciting and varied events take place all year round in the Granitz hunting lodge, from classical concerts to medieval festivals to moonlight hikes through the Granitz. Many newlyweds give their yes in the romantic atmosphere of the castle.
With the narrow-gauge railway to the Granitz hunting lodge
The Jagdschloss Granitz can be reached from the Baltic Sea resort of Binz in seven minutes on the Rügen Small Train. But a ride with the Furious Roland is not just a train ride, but a journey back in time to the 19th century. The narrow-gauge railway, which has existed for over 100 years, is still pulled by historic steam locomotives. The frenzied Roland sniffs at a leisurely pace over the island of Rügen and thus grants a comprehensive impression of the wonderful landscape and the lively seaside resorts of the largest German island.
The narrow-gauge railway also owes its ironic name to its leisurely driving style – Dashing Roland. The small locomotives with their hissing and whistling, tinkling and steaming almost give the impression that they are alive and not only give children and technology fans great pleasure. Of course, the Granitz hunting lodge and the Rasende Roland are just two of the many reasons why it is worth booking an apartment on Rügen. White sandy beaches, natural beauties like the chalk cliffs and attractive sports and leisure facilities make Rügen an ideal destination for an unforgettable, varied holiday.
Opening times Granitz Hunting Lodge
The hunting lodge is open for you:
May to September: daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October to April: daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
November to March: The. – Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Last entry – 30 minutes before the end
Admission fees to Granitz hunting lodge
The entrance fees to the hunting lodge on Rügen are:
6.00 € adults
4.00 € reduced (groups of 10 or more, severely disabled, social pass holder,
Students, trainees, federal voluntary service)
1.00 € children (6-17 years, as well as students with valid ID)
1.00 € photo permit (interior photos)
€ 50.00 group price for registered groups (max. 25 people, max. 1 hour per tour)
4.00 € per person in public tour (from 5 paying people, children free)
10.00 € group price for short tour / introduction (approx. 10 min.)
Guided tours must be registered at least 14 days before the desired date. Note: Unfortunately the Granitz hunting lodge is not barrier-free. Between the 24.12. and 02.01. guided tours are not offered, groups are welcomed separately during this period by arrangement.
Directions to Jagdschloss Granitz
Arrival via Sassnitz
Train & bus
Get off at Sassnitz Central Station on the train towards Stralsung. In Lietzow change to the train towards Binz. In Binz you can now choose the Rasenden Roland, the RPNV or a taxi to reach the Jagdschloss Granitz.
When you leave Sassnitz, turn left onto the L29 road and follow it for about 20 km towards Binz. After passing Binz, turn towards Serams. Now just follow the signs until you have reached the Granitz hunting lodge.
Arrival via Stralsund and Bergen auf Rügen
Train & bus
At the main train station in Stralsund, take the train towards Bergen / Sassnitz. In Bergen auf Rügen, change to the train towards Binz. In Binz you can now choose the Rasenden Roland, the RPNV or a taxi to reach the Granitz hunting lodge.
You come from Stralsund and are on the B96 on Rügen. Follow the course of the road until you have reached Bergen auf Rügen. Turn right towards Bergen and change to the B196. Follow the B196 until after approx. 10 km you turn again on the L29 towards Serams. Here you will follow the signs until you have reached the hunting lodge.