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Surrounded by Mediterranean plants, this splendid fountain is one of the highlights of the Orangery Garden. The fountain is also often chosen to be illuminated in resplendent colours for events. Set in the scene as both historical and modern, it has a very special magic that casts its unique spell on many customers – and on us, too.

"Orangerie und Treibobstgarten", copper engraving 1826, detail

Colin Fountain

Fountain by Night

For all those who fancy casting a look back into history we have asked the science department to give us some information on the fountain in the Orangery Garden:

In the 1770s three fountains were erected in the garden; they probably all came from the new building of the palace. The most valuable fountain made around 1575/80 by the Flemish sculptor Alexander Colin was given pride of place in the centre of the Orangery Garden. The fountain ensemble consists of an octagonal basin resting on four lions; an octagonal fountain column rises up from the basin, surrounded by four herms each with a shell on its head. The water sprays out of the crowning octagonal fountainhead across the small shells on the heads of the herms and into the large basin. The fountain was dismantled in the 1950s because of its poor state – caused by weather and lack of care and maintenance. It was re-installed in 2000 after extensive restoration work. In 1990 already, during the restoration of the Orangery Garden, the western basin was replaced by a reconstruction, and the eastern round basin refurbished.

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