Hunting & The König Ludwig
Hunting – A commitment to the love of one’s homeland, tradition and closeness to nature
Since time began, people have gone hunting to provide themselves with food. Over the centuries, hunting has become an established part of rural life, especially in the Alpine regions.
Just in the time when hunting was reserved for the nobility, the image of the poacher was established. The poacher was a rebel who did not want to obey the rules of the nobility. Due to his bravery, he enjoyed a high reputation among the poor population and his actions were often covered. The poacher was also often very popular with the ladies because of his rebellious actions.
Later, hunting was the only way for the rural population to fill their pantries with meat. Therefore, it irrevocably became an integral part of our homeland and our identity. Many traditions, dances and folk songs are about hunting in the mountains. Hunting is one of the most natural and down-to-earth activities of our time. For us, hunting our local game is a clear commitment to our homeland, sustainability and closeness to nature. Our approx. 4000 ha large hunting ground extends in front of the doors of the hotel, from the northern shore of the lake Forggensee into the mountains of the Ammergebirge up to the 2080 m. above sea level high plateau and is part of the former royal Bavarian court hunting.
The habitat for the animals living with us, such as roe deer, red deer and chamois, is characterized by cultivated landscape to high alpine terrain. In order to guarantee a professional but also sustainable hunt, our hunting ground is looked after by a full-time district hunter in addition to ourselves. Hunting and the König Ludwig have always been inseparable. For 40 years now, we have been using all of our venison (game meat) ourselves. Therefore, we do not buy any additional game meat at the König Ludwig. What has become self-evident for us, has established itself under the catchword of “regionality” as an important part of our consumer behavior. True to the motto “Nose to tail“, all parts of the game are processed.
The possibility to have access to such a precious, healthy and special food therefore does not only shape our style of cooking but also our thinking and acting.