It was not until 1793 that Fantaisie was used again as a summer residence, after it had come into the possession of Duchess Dorothee Sophie von Württemberg (1736-1798), née Princess von Brandenburg-Schwedt, who had fled Montbéliard during the war that was raging in the Rhineland. Between 1793 and 1795, Dorothee Sophie had numerous repairs and alterations made. She had the Spindler Cabinet restored and created the internal White Hall with the elegant stucco-work decoration that has remained to this day (we didn't go on the interior tour). After Dorothee Sophie returned to the Stuttgart court in 1795, Fantaisie Palace and Park became the summer residence of her son Alexander I von Württemberg (1771-1833). The complex became neglected when the duke entered the service of the Russians in 1806 to take part in the wars against Napoleon.
Fantaisie Palace and Park came into its own once again under Duke Alexander II von Württemberg (1804-1881), a grandson of Dorothee Sophie, who inherited the complex in 1833. In 1850 he embarked on the rebuilding of the palace in its present form. On the garden side the central building and corner projections were each raised by one story and two tower-like buildings were added on the court side. The façade was redesigned in the Florentine style of the late Schinkel school.
The park officially opened at 9am and the water fountains came to life!
Got a short video of the spouting water.
There was a spiral of grass in front of the fountains.
What palace is complete without a labyrinth?
Which way, which way?