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Ludwig Ganghofer, arguably one of the most-read German-language authors of his day, with many of his works made into films, spent more than 20 years of his life at his hunting lodge ‘Hubertus’ in the Gaistal valley. It was there that he wrote many of his works, including his most famous book ‘Das Schweigen im Walde’ (The Silence in the Forest).
During the time that he lived there, around the turn of the twentieth century, his hunting lodge in the Gaistal valley was a popular meeting place for many distinguished figures such as Ernst von Wolzogen, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Richard Strauss, the conductor Bruno Walter and the world-famous singer Leo Slezak. His illustrious visitors also included the entire Viennese ‘Burgtheater’ ensemble, and painters Franz von Stuck, Fritz Kaulbach, Franz Defregger, Mathias Schmid, Hugo Engl and Hermann Ebers. Among his circle of friends were Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss II, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ricarda Huch, Gerhard Hauptmann, Thomas Mann and Emperor Wilhelm II.
The Ganghofer Museum, the book “Ludwig Ganghofer im Wettersteingebirge” and the Hubertus hunting lodge house book offer fascinating insights into the life of Ludwig Ganghofer up until his death in 1920.