Das Jagdschloß Granitz is a hunting lodge on Rügen island near Binz. With 200,000+ annual visitors, it’s the most popular castle in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Northeastern Germany. It lies in the middle of the forested Granitz ridge as part of the Rügen Biosphere Reserve. It was built between 1838-1846 in the style of the North Italian Renaissance castellos and has been a popular holiday destination for European nobility and prominent people such as Otto von Bismarck. It was owned by the von Putbus family until 1944, then passed into Nazi hands on the imprisonment of the owner. The family was finally dispossessed as part of the East German land reforms; the castle remains in state hands. After the end of WW2, many furnishings were lost or stolen, works of art were taken to the Berlin Art Depot, the agency for the administration of Soviet assets in Germany, and transferred in 1953 to state museums in Berlin. Attempts by the grandson of Malte zu Putbus to get the family seat returned failed in court. The building is now used as a museum. It was renovated in the 2000s at a cost of 7.9 million euros.