Stern Hunting Lodge

The Soldier King as Hunter

Frederick William I of Prussia had an unpretentious royal hunting lodge built near Potsdam from 1730–32. It was located near the star-shaped convergence of sixteen pathways in the Parforceheide, a woodland landscape the king had developed especially for deer hunting.

The hunting lodge built in the style of a Dutch middle-class house is still preserved almost in its original condition. In its interior the unchanged wood-paneled hall, the bedchamber, the adjutant’s room, and a kitchen can be viewed. The lodge is administered by the Förderverein Jagdschloss Stern-Parforceheide e.V. preservation association and is open to visitors during special events.

The lodge premises also includes a caretaker’s house, stables, and other outbuildings constructed at the same time as the lodge. Through the donations and efforts of the association the historical oven on the grounds was restored in 2011, in keeping with historic preservation guidelines. It is now used to bake bread once again.

The Parforceheide with its spoke-like pathways was impacted in the 19th and 20th centuries by a progressive infrastructure (including the Teltow Canal, railway and autobahn) and residential development in Potsdam (Stern, Drewitz and Kirchsteigfeld). Nonetheless, the Stern Hunting Lodge remains a small green oasis in the midst of Potsdam’s urban space.


Stern Hunting Lodge
Jagdhausstraße 32
14480 Potsdam

How to get there

Opening Hours

Open during special events

Contact & Booking

Förderverein Jagdschloss Stern-Parforceheide e.V.
Steinstraße 58
14480 Potsdam
Tel.: 0331.58 29 11 37


On public tours of the Förderverein, the exhibition rooms are accessible to wheelchair users.

Unfortunately, for conservation reasons the use of baby carriages and strollers is not permitted in exhibition spaces.

Upcoming Events

  • Schauspiel: „So schafft man Ruhe im Land“

    Jakob Paul von Gundling – Gelehrter und Hofnarr am Hofe Friedrich Wilhelms I. mit Christian Schramm

    05.05.2018 18:00

  • Viel mehr als ein Soldatenkönig

    330 Jahre Friedrich Wilhelm I.

    06.05.2018 14:00

  • Pfingstkonzert mit dem Ensemble petit SALONG

    Für mich bist Du schön!

    20.05.2018 14:00

  • Musiksalon der Anna Amalia von Preußen

    mit Adelheid Krause-Pichler, Querflöte, und Sabina Chukurova, Cembalo

    09.06.2018 18:00

  • Schlossführungen und Kaffee im Kastellanhausgarten

    Führungen, Kaffee und Kuchen

    10.06.2018 14:00

  • Schlossführungen und Kaffee im Kastellanhausgarten

    Führungen, Kaffee und Kuchen

    24.06.2018 14:00

  • Zwischen Luft und Liebe

    mit dem Vokalensemble Papillon

    24.06.2018 17:00

  • „Zu Tisch!“ – Eine königliche Jagdtafel im Jagdschloss Stern

    Esskultur zu Zeiten des „Soldatenkönigs“

    03.11.2018 11:00

    04.11.2018 11:00