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Ludwigsburg Palace

“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.

Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg mit Ansicht des Innenhofes
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Schlossführung im Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg
© T&E, Benjamin Stollenberg
Residenzschloss mit Broderie-Garten im Vordergrund
© T&E, Achim Mende

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.

Insider tips

  • 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

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.

Category Admission price
Adults € 9.00
Reduced rate € 4.50
Family rate € 22.50
Groups of 20 or more (per personen) € 8.10
Private group tours by request

Opening hours

Important: Visits to the historic state rooms are by guided tour only. These start every half hour during regular opening times. Reservations are not necessary.

Day of the week Opening hours
Mon - Fri 11 am - 4 pm
Sat, Sun & public holidays 10 am - 5 pm

Guided tours

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.

Opening times March 18 - May 14 Mai 15 - October 31
Mon - Fri 11 am - 4 pm, every hour 11 am - 4 pm, every 30 minutes
Sat, Sun & public holidays 10 am - 4.30 pm, every 30 minutes  10 am - 5 pm, every 30 minutes

In addition to the regular tours, there are several themed tours that can be booked for groups. Find more information at



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.

Contact us

Ludwigsburg Palace (Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg)
Schlossstraße 30
71634 Ludwigsburg

Tel. +49 7141 186400
Fax. +49 7141 186450

More Ludwigsburg

Im Hintergrund die Emichsburg im Blühenden Barock, im Vordergrund ein Blumenbeet.

Flanking the palace on three sides, the majestic gardens called Blühendes Barock are worth a visit in their own right.

Das Jagd- und Lustschloss Favorite auf einer grünen Wiese umgeben von Bäumen.

Built as a hunting lodge and summer retreat, the 300-year-old Favorite Palace is set in a wooded park.

Blick auf den Marktplatz im Vordergrund Menschen, im Hintergrund die evangelische Stadtkirche und die letzten Sonnenstrahlen am Abend

Relaxed Italian atmosphere meets urban cool. The Market Square is the beating heart of Ludwigsburg and the perfect starting point for a stroll through the picturesque city center.

Luftaufnahme eines Seeschlosses mit einem kleinen Boot auf dem Wasser.

Monrepos overlooks a lake. Go boating, play golf on the nearby course or have a tasting at the winery.

Nahaufnahme einer goldenen Vase im Keramikmuseum-

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.

Schaufensterpuppen mit historischen Gewändern im Modemuseum.

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!

Innenraum des historischen Schlosstheaters mit Kronleuchter an der Decke.

The 18th-century theater in Ludwigsburg Palace is one of the oldest of its kind, complete with original stage machinery!

Als Prinzessin verkleidetes Mädchen spielt im Residenzschloss.

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!

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