When I spent a couple of days in Stralsund, I also did a daytrip to Rügen Island, which is the largest island in Germany. And one of the places I visited while in the island was Jagdschloss Granitz, or the Granitz Hunting Lodge. It is the most popular castle in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with plenty of visitors every year. In fact, even though it was winter, there were still plenty of people who visited it while I was there myself.
In order to head to this place, I took the train from Stralsund. Then I changed trains in Putbus, and caught the Rasender Roland steam train. This was the narrow-gauge train, and I asked to be dropped off at the Jagdschloss station (this is a limited service station, and the train will only stop if someone wants to get out). Then, I walked the small distance of a hike between the station to the hunting lodge, which goes through the forest.
You can see from my pictures above the interesting and unique shape of this hunting lodge. It looks like a wedding cake, and has plenty of towers on its corners. I entered through the main entrance, and paid my entrance fee as well as my photography fee.
This castle was originally owned by the aristocratic family of Putbus. When the Nazis ruled Germany, this hunting lodge was confiscated by the government, and its furnishings were stolen. I have heard that attempts of the Putbus family to reclaim the hunting lodge have failed, and right now, the building is used as a museum.
The place I liked the most in this hunting lodge is the tower. You can climb all the way to the top, and you must be careful, because sometimes, the wind is strong, and it is very dangerous at the top. I did climb it when I was there, and saw superb views of the surrounding area. I also liked the fact that the ledge showed the distances from big cities nearby. For example, I learned that Oslo is just about 600 kilometers away from where I was! Aside from that, I was also impressed with the wrought-iron style of the staircase. It was rather pleasant to climb it, not scary at all. But then again, I am not the person who has a very strong fear of heights anyway. Heights are scary, but nothing to panic about, at least in my opinion.
So, if you are in the area around Stralsund, I recommend getting a Bernstein Day Ticket allowing you to get unlimited travel between the city of Stralsund and all the trains and buses in the island of Rügen. Because this place is cool.