Schloss Favorite is a Baroque hunting lodge built from 1717 to 1723 for the sovereign Duke of Württemberg, Eberhard Ludwig. The architect was Donato Giuseppe Frisoni.

From 1806, King Frederick I of Württemberg converted the park into a ménagerie, including deer and chamois. The architect Nikolaus Friedrich von Thouret renovated the building's interior in neoclassical style.

In the 20th century, the house was neglected and fell into disrepair. It was restored from 1980 on, and opened to the public in 1983.

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Founded: 1717-1723
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Thirty Years War & Rise of Prussia (Germany)

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Tun Phyu (3 months ago)
The castle is so beautiful, the colour is so shine, and different animals are around..
Turan Cetin (15 months ago)
If you want to escape the city & stress visit Schloss Favorite! Enjoy a long walk in the nature or have a picnic or a sunbath and relax.
Prince arsh (19 months ago)
Woow mouths watring all' ..
Eric Nguyen (2 years ago)
Nice place to go for walk. Not crowded like in montrepos castle .
MT R (3 years ago)
Nice place to relax. Ticket is a bit expensive, I would recommend to buy the cheaper after 6 o' clock ticket in summer season.
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