Ludwigsburg Palace

Ludwigsburg, Germany

Ludwigsburg Palace is one of the largest Baroque palaces in Germany and features an enormous garden in that style. From the 18th century to 1918 it was the principal royal palace of the dukedom that became in 1806 the Kingdom of Württemberg.

The foundation stone was laid on May 17, 1704 under Duke Eberhard Ludwig of Württemberg (reigning monarch from 1693 to 1733). Begun as a hunting lodge, the project became much more complex and gained momentum over the years.

On August 17, 1709, the duke established the city of Ludwigsburg directly next to his palace, copying the proximity of Versailles to Paris. Previously, the royal palace was the cramped and outdated Old Castle (Altes Schloss) in the heart of Stuttgart. In 1718, Ludwigsburg temporarily became capital and sole residence of the dukes of Württemberg.

In 1733, when construction was complete, the baroque style prevailed in Germany. Eventually, successors of Eberhard Ludwig modified the original design of the palace, especially, Duke Charles Eugene of Württemberg and King Frederick I of Württemberg.

In the 1740s a New Palace was built in Stuttgart, and it was favoured by some of the dukes and kings of Württemberg as their primary residence, but Ludwigsburg remained in use as well. However, under King William I of Württemberg (reigned 1816-84), the palace and especially the gardens gradually decayed because the monarch, in contrast to his predecessors, showed no interest in Ludwigsburg.

Ludwigsburg Palace was not destroyed during World War II, so a renaissance of the complex could start in the mid-20th century. The continuous garden show 'Baroque in Bloom' (Blühendes Barock), that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, opened in 1953. Today, the palace and its surrounding gardens are presented to the public in a state similar to their appearance around 1800.

The palace theatre (Europe's oldest preserved theatre) and its stage machinery from 1758 are still operational.

Ludwigsburg Palace today contains three museums, Baroque Gallery, Porcelain Museum and Baroque Fashion Museum.

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ranjit kumar (18 months ago)
Looks very beautiful especially during winters.. You need to get an entry fee. Entry fee with guide will be good to know the Palace history.
Paul O'Connor (18 months ago)
An absolute, marvelous, and must see piece of German history. Not too mention probably French and European history, after-all, Napoleon Bonaparte did stay here on his way to fight the Russians. It is extremely well kept grounds. There are two types of tours: German speaking and English speaking. Either way, the guides walk you through an amazing historic journey. What I love about this building is it originality, everything inside is original and largely untouched. You have to see it.
Kali Smith (18 months ago)
Beautiful place to visit, and enough to keep you occupied for hours!! We did the tour of the castle in English, and while it was hard to understand (the guide had a thick German accent), seeing the inside was unforgettable and worthwhile! Highly recommend.
Philip Luoma (18 months ago)
Great place to visit and see the baroque architecture. I only went here a few times and most of the visits were to see the annual pumpkin festival. I love how they have a theme each year and it is all about the pumpkin (kurbis)! It is a must see if you are there during that time but is also a great visit anytime!
Andik Hidayat (2 years ago)
A huge castle with a beautiful view that will take your breath away. This castle is also known as Versailles of Swabia. It is a 452-room palace complex of 18 buildings with a mind-blowing garden. I visited the castle when there was Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival which is held every year. This world's largest pumpkin festival has attracted visitors from all around the world to gape at a whopping showcase of pumpkins and indulge in amazing pumpkin-related festivities. Amazing castle!!!
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