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A Jagdschloss, hunting lodge in English, is a schloss set in a wildlife park or a hunting area such as a forest, fields or by a lake that served primarily as accommodation for a ruler and his entourage while hunting in the area.

Often the Jagdschloss was the venue for the banquet accompanying the hunt, sometimes it also hosted festivals and other events. The term Jagdschloss is often equated to the Lustschloss or maison de plaisance, particularly as the hunt was also a recreational activity. However, a Lustschloss and Jagdschloss differ in function as well as architecture. The layout and furnishing of a Lustschloss was unconstrained, while that of a Jagdschloss was always related to hunting: the walls may be adorned with antlers and other trophies, with scenes of hunting, and also by a deliberate use of wood or other natural materials. A Jagdschloss may also be very lavishly furnished. Unlike a Lustschloss, timber-framed buildings or log cabins were not uncommon, only a few imposing stone buildings have survived, which colours the general understanding of what a Jagdschloss is today..

The Jagdschloss often had stables and other outbuildings used to house hunting equipment, coaches and the entourage. Larger examples often form self-contained ensembles, while smaller ones, known as Jagdhäuser, were often built within castle parks and gardens, within range of the Residenz of the aristocratic family.

Surviving Jagdschlösser

Jagdschloss Wolfstein in Kochholz


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  • Claude d'Anthenaise (ed.): Chasses princières dans l'Europe de la Renaissance. Actes du colloque de Chambord (1er et 2 octobre 2004). Fondation de la Maison de la Chasse et de la Nature. Actes Sud, Arles, 2007, ISBN 978-2-7427-6643-7.
  • Heiko Laß: Jagd- und Lustschlösser: Art and culture of two sovereign construction tasks; shown in Thuringian constructions of the 17th and 18th century. Imhof, Petersberg, 2006, ISBN 3-86568-092-5

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