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Ludwigsburg Palace and Gardens

Listed under Gardens in Stuttgart, Germany.

  • Photo of Ludwigsburg Palace and Gardens
  • Photo of Ludwigsburg Palace and Gardens
  • Photo of Ludwigsburg Palace and Gardens
  • Photo of Ludwigsburg Palace and Gardens
  • Photo of Ludwigsburg Palace and Gardens
  • Photo of Ludwigsburg Palace and Gardens
  • Photo of Ludwigsburg Palace and Gardens
  • Photo of Ludwigsburg Palace and Gardens
Photo of Ludwigsburg Palace and Gardens
Photo by Donna Dawson
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In the 18th century the Palace of Versailles was the ideal to which every European ruler aspired. But very few were able to realize their absolutist dreams in as literal, grandiose way as the rulers of Ludwigsburg. Ludwigsburg Palace is one of the largest and most important baroque palaces in Europe, and it was not damaged during the war. From 1704 onwards Duke Eberhard Ludwig turned his modest hunting lodge into a spacious, three-winged palace. But even this was not enough to satisfy the ambitious duke and his influential mistress, Wilhelmine of Grävenitz, for long. Between 1724 and 1733, the palace acquired a fourth wing designed by the architect Donato Giuseppe Frisoni. This ultimate mark of prestige made it one of the largest baroque palaces in Europe – and the largest in Germany.

Like many royal residences, Ludwigsburg Palace is surrounded by extensive grounds. Parts of the original baroque gardens were transformed into an English landscaped garden – the combination of strict symmetry and lavish floral planting is still very striking today. There is so much to see here, a definite all day visit as you will discover a childrens area complete with carousel.  Be sure to check out one incredible gift shop too!

Lunch at Park Café on the grounds of the Palace – it was excellent!!

Written by  Donna Dawson.

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