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Interesting facts about falconry and falconry hunting

Who would like to look at birds of prey with pleasure once from the next proximity and interesting and worth knowing around the Falkernei and the hunt with a bird of prey - the Beizjagd - would like to get to know, is on this Sunday completely correctly in the hunt lock Grunewald.


Hunting with birds of prey has a tradition of about 3500 years. Since 2016, falconry is recorded on the list of immatriellen cultural heritage of UNESCO. This hunting method came to Europe in the wake of the early migration of peoples.

It reached its peak during the reign of Emperor Frederick II of the Hohenstaufen dynasty in the 13th century. He saw falconry as the ideal preliminary training for a ruler and wrote one of the most famous books about it.

The first Prussian king cultivated hunting with falcons, as did Margrave Karl of Brandenburg-Ansbach, who owned the largest falconry farm in Europe in the 18th century. In Brühl in the Rhineland, the Falkenlust hunting lodge is a reminder of the hunting passion of Cologne's Elector and Archbishop Clemens August.

Since the 19th century, falconry, which was reserved for the nobility, declined sharply. Today, this form of hunting is still important at airports, where falcons are used to drive away flocks of birds that could otherwise become a danger to aircraft.

In Germany, falconry training includes a special falconry exam in addition to the regular hunter's exam. There are three major falconer associations representing about 2000 members. Hunting is done exclusively with offspring.

Andrea Badouin, SPSG, has been practicing falconry since 1991 and will introduce herself to the public with her goshawk Thora. She will be supported by other falconers, who will also provide insights into this special hunting method, which is based on a close relationship of trust between man and animal. The different hunting methods related to the birds will be presented.

Falconry equipment and utensils, as well as pictures and literature about falconry, will be on display in the hunting equipment magazine.
Additional information
Price info: Admission to the courtyard and the hunting gear magazine is free of charge.
6 euros / reduced 5 euros for the castle entrance fee