8th October 2018 update: I’ve fixed a few mistakes thanks to the advice of the friendly staff at Ludwigsburg Palace. In some places I’d used Ludwigsberg and I now know that berg = hill and burg = palace. So if you visit a German town that ends in burg, you’re likely to find a palace!
Our visit to the Ludwigsburg Palace was part of our German Road trip (that page has links to all the hotels, restaurants and places visited).
Ludwigsburg Residential Palace is one of the largest Baroque buildings in Europe to survive in its original condition. Tours are available in English. We arrived at the entrance to the gardens and found that there was an entry fee that wasn’t part of the tour. I’m not sure if you can buy a combined ticket for both gardens and tour – the Palace website only mentions the tour. 9th October update: I’ve now found details of how you can purchase entry to both gardens and palace – see the end of this review.
So we walked around the edge of the gardens to the Palace entrance.
We found the tour entrance to the right and went up some magnificent stairs. It turned out that we were the only three members of the English tour and so this turned into a private tour.
Our guide was really friendly and was able to tell us all about the Palace, without sounding like a tour guide.
The first palace on the site, the main part of the building, was constructed from 1704 onwards. It was intended as a hunting lodge for Duke Eberhard Ludwig. In 1715, when Ludwigsburg became the Duke’s principal place of residence, he sought a more fitting reflection of his power and prestige. As a result, the three-wing complex acquired a fourth wing, enclosing a square. The impressive structure was completed in 1733.
The corridors and rooms were impressive.
There were styles from Baroque to Rococo to Neoclassical.
The Hall Of Order was one of the King’s most important rooms, where he met with his hunting order and his other very important guests. It’s still used today for ceremonies or classical concerts.
The view to the gardens.
We really enjoyed a tour – it was a nice segment between our visit to the Porsche Museum earlier that day and the Mercedes Museum on the next day. You may even be lucky and find yourselves the only visitors on the tour.
Ludwigsburg Residential Palace
71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany
Phone +49(0)71 41.18 64 00
Open every day 10:00 am – 05:00 pm but you have to take a guided tour
Guided tours in English:
15 March to 15 November:
Mon – Fri 1.15 pm, 3.15 pm
Sat and Sun and public holidays 11.15 am, 1.15 pm, 3.15 pm, 5.15 pm
16 November to 14 March:
Mon – Fri 1.15 pm, 3.15 pm
Sat and Sun and public holidays 11.15 am, 1.15 pm, 3.15 pm
Adults 7,00 €
Reduced 3,50 €
Family 17,50 €
If you have a StuttCard (17 € for 24 hours) you can go free to Ludwigsburg Palace, Porsche and Mercedes Museums plus a host of other museums and attractions.
October 9th update: Visit this page and choose Baroque Experience (German: Barockerlebniskarte) https://www.schloss-ludwigsburg.de/besucherinformation/preise/ you can find prices for a combined Palace Tour and Garden visit.
Adult 18,00 €
Reduced 10,00 €