Ludwigsburg – a great day trip from Stuttgart

Ludwigsburg is a city in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, just 16 km (10 mi) north of Stuttgart. The city is known as a city of three palaces, including the magnificent Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, Favorite Palace, and Monrepos Palace, making it well worth a visit. Ludwigsburg is located just to the west of the Neckar River. Many tourists visit Ludwigsburg Residential Palace on a day trip from Stuttgart; however, the city makes a good base for exploring other sights. The train station near the city centre offers regular services into Stuttgart and north to Heilbronn and Heidelberg. So check out the palaces of Ludwigsburg.11 ludwigsburg palace thesanetravel.comP1241041

Ludwigsburg Palace

Ludwigsburg Palace has played a major part in Germany's history, starting as a ducal residence and later becoming the summer home of the first King of Wurttemberg. The Ludwigsburg Residential Palace is one of the largest baroque palace complexes in Europe. It covers more than 30 hectares and has more than 450 rooms in 18 buildings. The lavish architecture, with arches and columns, frescoes, and chandeliers, reflects the power and wealth of the dukes and kings, for whom this was home.10 ludwigsburg palace thesanetravel.comP1241029

In 1704, Duke Eberhard Ludwig von Wurttemberg laid the cornerstone of a hunting lodge. This was the beginning of the impressive Baroque residence completed by 1733. It was no coincidence that this also allowed him to live with his mistress rather than his wife. It is unique in that the royal apartments from the Baroque, Rococo and Imperial periods are preserved in their entirety, including wall decoration and rich furniture.12 ludwigsburg palace thesanetravel.com20220910 13042713 ludwigsburg palace thesanetravel.comP124107614 ludwigsburg palace thesanetravel.comP124105623 ludwigsburg palace thesanetravel.comP124106521 ludwigsburg palace thesanetravel.com20220910 130551

You are also welcome to explore the palace’s galleries and museums. The Ceramics Museum has an extensive collection of fine porcelain and pottery, while the Fashion Museum focuses on apparel dating back to the 18th century. The palace has a special museum for children.

The palace is open daily, but the museums are closed on Mondays. The interiors of the palace may only be viewed as part of a guided tour. English-language tours run at least twice a day, so it is worth finding out the times of English tours in advance.

How to get there

The palace is about a 20-minute walk from the Ludwigsburg train station, and the site is also accessible by bus lines 421, 427, 430, 443, or 444 to the step Residenzschloss.

Ludwigsburg Palace gardens

The palace buildings are surrounded by formal gardens at the front and other garden areas at the rear. The gardens feature beautiful trees, lush lawns, lakes, and streams, as well as flowers that release the scent in the air from spring through autumn. Children will also love the fairy-tale garden within the extensive palace grounds.22 gardens ludwigsburg thesanetravel.comP124105725 ludwigsburg gardens thesanetravel.com20220910 140531

You have to buy a separate ticket to visit the garden areas.

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

From August to December, the grounds of the palace host the world's largest pumpkin exhibition. 30 pumpkins ludwigsburg thesanetravel.comP1241109The exhibition features 450,000 pumpkins and 600 varieties. There are aromatic edible pumpkins and ornamental pumpkins, elaborately-carved pumpkin sculptures and delicious pumpkin-based dishes, such as soup, waffles, and local favourite Maultaschen, a dish similar to ravioli.

Favorite Palace

Favorite Palace is located directly north of Ludwigsburg Palace. 40 favorite ludwigsburg thesanetravel.comP1241074Built as a hunting lodge and a summer retreat, this 300-year-old palace is set in a large park. This delightful ochre and yellow mini-palace has turrets and balustrades, staircases sweeping up to the main entrance and a broad terrace dotted with classic Greek urns. 42 favorite ludwigsburg thesanetravel.comP124111643 favorite ludwigsburg thesanetravel.com20220910 14483444 favorite ludwigsburg thesanetravel.comP1241121Favorite Palace was not intended for lengthier stays, but instead, it served as an eye-catching point designed as the northern end of Ludwigsburg's central axis. The palace, which was also used for hunting, served as a summer villa that provided a superb view from the terrace. The rooms can be viewed as part of guided tours. You can take a half an hour stroll through the park to the lakeside Monrepos Palace, also built as a hunting lodge.45 favorite ludwigsburg thesanetravel.comP124113146 favorite ludwigsburg thesanetravel.comP1241128

Monrepos Palace

In the mid-18th century, Duke Carl Eugen wanted a new hunting lodge, so a Rococo-style palace facing Eglosheim Lake was built. The Monrepos estate is still owned by the house of Wurttemberg and encompasses an English garden-style park spanning 250 hectares. The palace interiors are not available to visitors, though.47 monrepos ludwigsburg thesanetravel.com20220910 16015648 monrepos ludwigsburg thesanetravel.comP1241147

Rent a boat to enjoy views of the palace from the lake. 50 monrepos ludwigsburg thesanetravel.com20220910 160415The estate also boasts a winery, an 18-hole golf course, riding stables, a hotel, a restaurant and cafés. With 40 hectares of land, Herzog von Wurttemberg winery is the largest private vineyard in this growing area. For generations, the Duke of Wurttemberg's Wine Estate has stood for outstanding wines from the best vineyard sites in the state. Visiting the winery is an opportunity for exclusive wine tastings, interesting tours and personal presentations. 52 monrepos ludwigsburg thesanetravel.comP124115153 monrepos ludwigsburg thesanetravel.comP1241153Check the vinery opening times to avoid disappointment. You still can buy winery wines from the wending machine in the park when the winery is closed.58 monrepos ludwigsburg thesanetravel.com20220910 160552

If you are very fortunate, you can be a guest at the biannual Ludwigsburg Venetian Festival.

Ludwigsburg Venetian Festival

In 1767, Duke Carl Eugen stayed in Venice for almost half a year. After returning to Wurttemberg, he initiated the Venetian Fair, which took place for the first time in January of 1768 in the Ludwigsburg marketplace. Nowadays, once in two years, Ludwigsburg houses Venice Carnival for three days. With 18th-century gowns and capes, masks, fans and hats, this festival features artists and musicians from all over Europe who provide concerts and shows galore. 60 venetian ludwigsburg thesanetravel.comP124104064 venetian ludwigsburg thesanetravel.com20220910 16544166 venetian ludwigsburg thesanetravel.com20220910 165558(0)69 venetian ludwigsburg thesanetravel.com20220910 164746Wearing mysterious masks and elaborate costumes, 2,000 artists present a spectacular array of entertainment, from acrobatics, stilt walking, and fire juggling to music, drama, comedy, dance, and singing. Market Square is closed during the festival and tickets are required to enter.71 venetian ludwigsburg thesanetravel.com20220910 165018

Practical information

You can reach Ludwigsburg by train from Stuttgart in 15 minutes. It makes Ludwigsburg an attractive day trip from Stuttgart. Check out these useful tips for traveling by public transport before you go. If you have time, you can stay in the city to enjoy the charms that Ludwigsburg offers. The other option is to visit Bietigheim-Bissingen first and then spend the rest of your day in Ludwigsburg, returning back to Stuttgart in the evening.

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  • Published by Anita on December 30, 2022

    Author:Anita Sane

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    About the author
    Anita is a part-time traveller, passionate photographer and a retired career woman from Latvia, 
    travelling mostly solo for more than 15 years. She is a skilled travel planner who plans and executes her travels by herself. Anita wants to show you how to travel the world and open your mind to new experiences. Follow her on FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter and Bloglovin.


    Stunning photos, as always.
    Happy new year, Anita! Looking forward to more of your travel posts in the new year!

    I love visiting castles when I travel. Your photos are incredible. I bet the gardens are spectacular to see in the spring and summer.
    I would love to witness the Venetian festival at least since in a very short time.
    Ludwigsburg looks so lovely! Especially the Ludwigsburg Palace and its gardens look breathtaking and I love the colors of Favorite Palace. Thanks for sharing! :)

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