LudwigsburgStuttgart (region) : Ludwigsburg
The closest airport is Stuttgart Airport (Stuttgart-Echterdingen, STR). From there you take the S-Bahn to Stuttgart main station. Change trains at Suttgart-Schwabstrasse. The lines S4 or S5 (see also below) bring you to Ludwigsburg. The trip by train takes about 45 min.
The train station of Ludwigsburg is only a ten minute walk away from the town center. Trains and S-Bahn (local trains) stop in Ludwigsburg.
- By S-Bahn it is 12 minutes away from Stuttgart (lines S4 Marbach direction, S5 Bietigheim direction).
- Trains circulate regularly between Stuttgart-Würzburg, Stuttgart-Bruchsal, or Stuttgart-Pforzheim.
Public transportation is provided by the S-Bahn and Busses. For short distances, it is best to use the Bus. For longer distances (to get to Stuttgart ) the S-Bahn is faster. Public transportation late at night (after midnight) is a problem! On the weekend there are night buses, but they are infrequent (1:11am, 2:00 am, 2:22am, 3:10 am and 3:33am) and on odd routes.
By metered taxiEdit
- TAXI ZENTRALE Ludwigsburg, phone +49 (0)7141 - 19 410, fax +49 (0)7141 - 90059.
- Residential Palace (Residenzschloss) - the castle in Ludwigsburg is the largest German castle in the style of Versaille. It was built 1704-1733 from Herzog Eberhard Ludwig von Württemberg. The castle offers guided tours, of course, and an interactive museum made for children.
- Garden show Blooming Baroque (Blühendes Barock) - with every spring the palace gardens display garden art from various eras and regions. You will also find the Broderieparterre and aviaries which house native and exotic birds from all over the world. The southern garden with the colourful flower and gravel ornamentation is surrounded by mighty chestnut trees.
- Every year around September/October the palace gardes present the Pumpkin Festival. Hundreds of thousands of pumpkins (really!) are in one place. You won't believe in how many different shapes, sizes, and colours the pumpkins come along. There is pumpkin art, pumpkin food, a pumpkin contest, a pumpkin exhibition, etc. It is worth a trip.
- Seeschloss Monrepos (built 1764-1768)
- Favorite Palace (Lustschloss Favorite, built 1713-1728). It is surrounded the official nature protection area "Favoritepark". Though it's close to the city it houses red deer and other animals. A great place to take walks and get away from traffic, noise, and stress.
See the gorgeous Christmas market around the time of advent: set around the Baroque market square, in the shadow of two churches, bustle alongside locals, passing stalls selling a range of products, from Lebkuchen (festive biscuit hearts displaying messages, some in English) to candles, glassware, art and decorative items before making your way to the food stalls for a warming Bratwurst and Glühwein (or, for you non-drinkers, a hot chocolate with whipped cream, or hot orange drink) in a special Ludwigsburg mug. Not to be missed!
The Fairy-Tale Garden is a must for families. The park is part of the gardens and presents more than 30 fairytale scenes. Aside fairy tale attractions it includes the Dukes Seesaw (Herzogschaukel), a madhouse providing a stunning illusion, and a boat ride.
Dating back to 1768 the Venetian Fair (site only in German) is held in Ludwigsburg. It was introduced by Duke Carl Eugen and has been successfully revived in 1993. Nowadays Ludwigsburg holds it every year. See the link for impressions.
Enjoy the Neckar valley. With the area "Zugwiesen (site in German)" the city of Ludwigsburg created a landscape of riverside meadows. It is a great place for walking, jogging, and biking. Bring you picnic (take your trash).
If you don't want to exert yourself you can take a boat cruise along the river Neckar. The Neckar-Käpt’n fleet offers trips at almost all times of the year.
- The Wilhelmsgallery is one of two malls in the heart of Ludwigsburg. 35 shops make their offerings on 19.000 sq.m. The mall presents the former cavalry barracks of William the Great in a new light. The 1857 façade has been preserved and if you look closely you will find many details from the past. Don't only go there to shop. Open your eyes.
- The second mall is the Marstall-Center that has just reopened in 2015. Though the building is an architectural eyesore from the outside, just get inside and you find yourself in a shopping paradise. 65 shops are distributed over 25.700 sq.m. on two levels. The name "Marstall" dates back to the ducal horse stables that were located at the same location in the early years of Ludwigsburg. Thus, it is no surprise that children can ride there around on toy horses thus making a visit there enjoyable for the grown-ups and the little ones.
- The Breuningerland is located in the outskirts of Ludwigsburg.