“Now that’s what I call a palace!” First-time visitors are amazed by the sheer size: 452 rooms in 18 buildings. This is one of Europe’s largest original Baroque complexes. 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.
Elegance on a grandiose scale
Take a guided tour and travel back through 300 years. In banqueting halls and state apartments, stories bring the past to life. Imagine the rich and famous sweeping down the imposing staircases. Stand in the circular chapel, with its royal tomb and painted ceiling; learn why the second chapel is dedicated to the Order of the Golden Eagle. And during the Ludwigsburg Festival, you can listen to concerts in Europe’s oldest royal theatre, which still has its original stage equipment.
The palace (Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg) is also home to the Ceramics Museum (Keramikmuseum), with rare porcelain, and the Fashion Museum (Modemuseum), with clothing from the 18th - 20th centuries. Admire the art in the Baroque Gallery (Barockgalerie) and tour the private apartments to see how the royal family lived. The opulence of the antiques and portraits, gilding and silk damask contrasts with the servant’s quarters, at the bottom of hidden staircases. Outside are the world-class palace gardens, aptly titled Blühendes Barock.
- Culynary tip: Linger in the palace courtyard and soak up the regal atmosphere over coffee and cake in the Schlosswache Café.
Prices, opening hours & information
Tickets & prices
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Important: You can only visit the historic state rooms on a palace tour. These start every half an hour during regular opening times. Reservations are not necessary.
In addition to the regular tours, there are several themed tours that can be booked for groups. Find more information at www.schloss-ludwigsburg.de/en/groups.
Ludwigsburg Palace is almost completely barrier-free. Elevators/lifts ensure that those with reduced mobility can visit all floors. The first floor with the state rooms and the second floor, with the Ceramic Museum and Duke Carl Eugen’s state apartment, are all easy to reach. In the Festin building, an elevator provides access to the Fashion Museum. The palace provides disabled toilet facilities and two wheelchairs are available for loan to visitors. Outside in the palace courtyard, hard surfacing (rather than gravel) on the paths makes it easier for wheelchairs to get around.
Ludwigsburg Palace (Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg)
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The Ceramics Museum in Ludwigsburg Palace
This world-class collection is more than just lovely vases, cups and mugs. From colorful majolica to delicate porcelain, the 2,000 objects on display provide insight into the past.
The Fashion Museum in Ludwigsburg Palace
Clothes are more than fashion statements. At the Fashion Museum in Ludwigsburg Palace, see how women and men have dressed over the centuries, from 18th-century Rococo right through to the present day!
The Theater Museum in Ludwigsburg Palace
The 18th-century theater in Ludwigsburg Palace is one of the oldest of its kind, complete with original stage machinery!
The Children’s Kingdom in Ludwigsburg Palace
What is usually banned in most museums is encouraged in the Kinderreich, an interactive, living museum for children in Ludwigsburg Palace. Touching things, trying things on and joining in the fun are not just allowed, they are encouraged!