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Object description:

Fantaisie Palace and Park
Painting at the Garden Museum
Spindler Cabinet

Garden Museum Fantaisie Palace – Eckersdorf/Donndorf near Bayreuth

In 1761, three years after the death of his wife Wilhelmine, Margrave Friedrich started to build a palace in Donndorf but did not live to see it completed. His daughter Elisabeth Friederike Sophie received the property in 1763 and named it ‘Fantaisie’. Under her direction the palace was finished and by 1780 also a late baroque garden. The pavilion, the cascade and the Neptune Fountain have remained from this period. From 1793 Friederike Dorothee Sophie von Württemberg extended the gardens in the sentimental landscape style and added a catacomb and the pillar of harmony. From 1839 to 1881 Duke Alexander von Württemberg rebuilt the palace and extended the park to give it its present form, with landscape sections, sculptures, fountains and terraces.

Since 2000 Fantaisie Palace has been the location of the first garden museum in Germany. With numerous valuable exhibits it illustrates the history of garden design from the 17th to the 19th century. The museum tour includes the White Hall and the reconstructed Spindler Cabinet with its elaborate marquetry.

The attractive palace park has original design elements from the three relevant phases of development in the Rococo, the sentimental landscape and the mixed styles, and is as important a historic record as the palace itself. A visit to the Fantaisie garden museum is not complete without a walk through the park with its numerous buildings and monuments

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Fantaisie Palace Park


Bayreuther Straße 2
95488 Eckersdorf/Donndorf
0921 731400-11

Opening hours

April-September: 9 am-6 pm
1-15 October: 10 am-4 pm
closed Mondays
(except: Easter Monday, 1 May, Whit Monday, 3 October)

closed 16 October-March

General information on opening times and admission fees

Admission fees 2024

3.50 euros regular
3 euros reduced

Combination ticket
"The world of Wilhelmine"
(all Bayreuth objects)
18 euros regular
16 euros reduced

Children under 18 are admitted free of charge.

General tariff regulations (excerpt)

Annual season tickets/
14-day tickets



May-October 9 am-6 pm every hour on the hour

Getting here / parking


Bus to ‘Donndorf Hotel Fantaisie’

Car park available; bus parking spaces currently not available

Further information

Administrative office

Schloss- und Gartenverwaltung
Ludwigstraße 21
95444 Bayreuth
0921 75969-0
Fax 0921 75969-15

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