The sprawling Ludwigsburg Palace complex is one of the few Baroque buildings in Europe that still exist in their original condition. The palace offers public guided tours of its interiors replete with royal splendor. Visitors to the palace are invariably impressed by the ornate hallways, the marble hall, the magnificent theater with its original machinery, the royal furniture, and the gorgeous intricately designed residential apartments. The Keramikmuseum with its unbeatable collection of porcelain, ceramic, and stone artifacts is also definitely worth a visit.
Schlossstraße 30, 71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany, +49 (0)7141 182004
The Blühendes Barock gardens (Baroque in Bloom) surrounding the Ludwigsburg Palace increase the beauty of the palace by several notches. The garden, spread over 30 hectares, is a delightful mix of intricate landscaping from different eras and regions. Hours melt away unnoticed as visitors savor the riot of blooms, tree-shaded boulevards, exotic birds, garden ornaments, and the Emichsburg Palace. Little guests can’t help falling in love with the Fairy-Tale Garden, which has 30 magical settings, including Frog Prince and Sleeping Beauty.
Blühendes Barock Ludwigsburg, Schorndorfer Straße 28, 71640 Ludwigsburg, +49 (0)7141 975 650
The Schloss Favorite was built in the early 1700s as a hunting lodge and summer residence for Duke Eberhard Ludwig. Today, the palace invites guests to tour its original neoclassical interiors, with intricate chandeliers, ancient clocks, and ornate mirrors. Visitors get a feel of how the royals relaxed in luxurious armchairs while enjoying gorgeous views of the surrounding 72 hectares of parklands and dined in style using golden tableware.
Favoritepark 1, 71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany, +49 (0)71 41 18 2004
Monrepos is another gorgeous palace in Ludwigsburg and considered to be a brilliant example of rococo architecture. It enjoys a picture-perfect location by the lake. Travelers love rowing on the lake, enjoying a quiet, peaceful time of bird-watching, and being one with nature. In autumn, this spot is especially beautiful with the leaves around Monrepos turning russet, copper, and bright yellow.
Monrepos 19, 71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany, +49 (0)7141 221 060
Ludswigsburg is best known for the Largest Pumpkin Festival in the World, held in September-October at the Blühendes Barock gardens. Hundreds of thousands of fun-seekers flock to this festival to feast their eyes on 400,000 pumpkins across 800 varieties and indulge in a host of pumpkin-related activities, entertainment, contests, art and sculpture, and a variety of foods and drinks.
The vibrant Old Town of Ludwigsburg charms travelers with its typical Swabian culture, historic architecture and merry crowds. Theodor Heuss, the first President of the Federal Republic of Germany, was so impressed with the Ludwigsburg Old Town that he labelled it “the proudest square that Württemberg has.” Travelers interested in a dose of culture would enjoy checking out famous German poet, doctor, and medical author Justinius Kerner’s house, poet and writer Friedrich Theodor Vischer’s birthplace, and theologist and literature historian David Friedrich Strauss’s home. The Old Town also has many choices in restaurants and cafés, and is a great spot to indulge in some people-watching.