Ludwigsburg City Breaks
Duke Eberhard Ludwig is often quoted as saying "there are already more than enough boring towns" and t was this point of view that inspired him to build Ludwigsburg. The magnificent centrepoint is the Residential Palace, whilst next to it, and just as imposing, are the hunting lodge and summer residence. The large gardens surrounding the residential palace are home to the garden show Blooming Baroque and the Fairy Tale Garden. In the centre of the town you can see the baroque living quarters and the birth houses of famous poets, or sample the many local dishes.
The picturesque town is one of the few planned cities of the 18th century that still exist in Germany. Created on the drawing-board, the town was built according to the absolute will of Duke Eberhard Ludwig of Württemberg. Up to the 19th century, the dominance of the court not only characterised the architecture but also the culture of the town. Now free from the courtly constraints, the culture and the museums of the town are characterised by experimental art, multimedia shows and modern exhibitions.
- Flight time from London: 1 hour 40 min
- Stuttgart Airport: 41km from the city centre; transfer time about 51 min
- Nearest railway station: Ludwigsburg station
- Currency: Euro
An impressive Baroque Palace with 452 rooms spread over 28 buildings. The beautiful gardens around the palace make the trip to Ludwigsburg unforgettable, however, they are not open all year round.
The six historical gate buildings of the city were part of the city wall built between 1758 and 1760 under duke Carl Eugen and formed the exits of the city. After an extensive redevelopment, the gate buildings now serve as museums, archives and showrooms.
The Hunting Lodge and Summer Residence
Situated close to the Residential Palace and completed in 1723 by Duke Eberhard Ludwig for Wilhelmine von Graevenitz, his mistress at the time, the Hunting Lodge and Summer Residence has a Baroque facade and furniture from the Napoleonic era. There is a spectacularly large wildlife garden to explore and the paintings hung inside the palace will stir the sense. As well as being open to visitors, it is also the backdrop for a popular TV talk show entitled 'Nachtcafé'.