The 180 individually-decorated stalls are laden with locally-made crafts and toys, food and drink. And, of course, there is music, from carol singers and choirs to quartets. And there is plenty for children to do! As well as the merry-go-round, afternoons bring live shows, from puppet theater to magic tricks and knock-about clowning. In the evenings, the wide variety of seasonal music ranges from brass bands to children’s choirs.
What makes this wine festival extra special is that it is based right in the vineyards at Neckar River. On the steeply terraced slopes, where the grapes grow, you can talk to the producers and take in spectacular views over the Neckar River. And, of course, taste great wines!
Locally-brewed beers are the focus of this traditional festival, but with regional wines, soft drinks and coffee, everyone can join in. Food is hearty and delicious, from ribs and burgers to Dinnede. And there is live music – of course! Golden oldies to rock, pop heavy metal and New German Wave.
The Market Square, with its churches and colonnades, is where locals have always met up for a chat. So, do as they do. Stroll through the 35 or so stalls; chat to the stallholders (many speak excellent English); enjoy a coffee or a beer at one of the outdoor cafés.
Every two years, Ludwigsburg morphs into the Venice Carnival for three fun-filled days. Wearing 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. These top-class national and international artists perform across 10 stages; there is plenty of room and everyone can enjoy the entertainment. Best of all, you, too, can join in the fun. With or without a mask!
When it comes to pumpkins, Ludwigsburg rules! Think 450,000 pumpkins and 600 varieties. There are aromatic edible pumpkins and ornamental pumpkins, elaborately-carved pumpkin sculptures and delicious pumpkin-based dishes.
Halloween is a ghostly excuse for light installations, fog effects, laser tunnels and sound collages that create the Illuminated Dream Path. This special path runs for a mile (1.5 km) through the pumpkin exhibition and historic vineyard. A “must-see” experience for all the family.
Listen to some 40 international street musicians and bands and singer-songwriters and rockers. The range of styles is enormous, from folk, reggae, pop and hip hop to Blues, Balkan pop, Latin rhythms, and traditional klezmer.
Check to see who is playing there; watch an outstanding dance company, such as the Nederlands Dans Theater or Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. Listen to top-class classical soloists and orchestras; tap your feet to exciting world music.
Opera, music and dance are the mainstays of this annual program. In and around Ludwigsburg Palace, some of the world’s finest performers take to the stage. International stars range from opera singers Barbara Hannigan and Anthea Pichanick to conductors, such as Yuval Weinberg and dance companies, such as Sadler’s Wells.
The KSK Music Open showcases national and international bands outdoors in the Palace gardens. Artists range from German favorites, such as singer-songwriter Sarah Connor to megastars such as Tom Jones, James Blunt and Lionel Richie. Think of it as Baroque ‘n’ roll!
The beautiful Monrepos Palace is specially illuminated for this evening concert. For the grand finale, a fireworks display lights up the night sky, with star bursts and rockets, all reflected in the serene lake in front of the palace to the soundtrack of live music.
What could be better than music and fireworks on a summer’s night? Created by one of Europe’s top fireworks specialty companies, the show synchronizes big bangs, special effects and music to stunning perfection.