The emigrant stone on Matzenberg is a witness to the past: Margravine Wilhelmine, favorite sister of Frederick the Great, gave the order to build a castle in Donndorf as a summer residence. The foundation stone was laid in 1758. However, the margravine died in the same year and therefore did not see the completion of the building. She left behind a daughter, Elisabeth Friederike Sophie, the Duchess of Württemberg. She moved back to her parents after her divorce in 1756 and received the Donndorf Palace in 1763, but had to give her great uncle Margrave Friedrich Christian the jewels of her mother for life. She gave the castle the name "Fantaisie". After the completion of the castle in 1765 she was finally able to move in there. Under her rule, the park was enlarged significantly, as did her successor, Duchess Dorothea, who took in many fleeing nobles during the French Revolution. The Emigrant Stone on Matzenberg testifies to this.
March 23, 2020
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