500 hectares of forests, meadows and stream valleys surround the castle and exude the relaxed tranquillity of a time when the pace was somewhat slower. Due to the alternation between forest, meadow and water areas, the Duttenstein Wildlife Park is known far beyond the district borders as a natural jewel. The Duttenstein Forest is home to the largest contiguous oak coppice relicts in southern Germany. The main tree species are oak, hornbeam, copper beech, ash, spruce and pine. Even the journey along the magnificent chestnut avenue is a journey through time that will make you forget everyday life.
In the balance between unspoilt nature and forestry, the forest becomes an individual experience. The Blauwald GmbH & Co. KG manages the forest with its unique 300-year-old oak stand and striking solitary trees according to economic, ecological and social criteria. The protection and improvement of the forest ecosystem is a central task of the forestry operation. Islands of old and dead wood provide an original habitat for cavity-nesting birds, rare insect species and fungi, as do the numerous forest biotopes and natural monuments.
Thanks to the structurally rich forest landscape with lots of deadwood, the park is a unique habitat for many strictly protected species such as the hermit and yellow-bellied sparrowhawk. It is a breeding ground for many protected bird species such as honey buzzard, tree falcon and red kite as well as many woodpecker and flycatcher species. The numerous fallow deer, mouflon and wild boar in our forests have been cared for and nurtured for centuries, but also hunted to ensure a balanced population. Our aim is to preserve and rejuvenate these forests with their beauty and biodiversity.
Wildpark Duttenstein GmbH, a subsidiary of Blauwald GmbH & Co KG, is responsible for the wildlife park and Duttenstein Castle.