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Ludwigsburg Palace: My Favorite Castle Tour in Germany
Ludwigsburg Palace (Schloss Ludwigsburg in German) is my f avorite castle tour in Germany!
The 90 minute tour gives you insights into what life in a palace was really like, and how royalty behaved behind closed
doors. Even my German husband enjoyed the tour and he’s not a fan of them in general.
Th e p a l a ce co u r tya r d .
palace was built in 1707 and was the residential palace of the Dukes and Kings of Württemberg. It is one of Europe’s
most impressive Baroque buildings. It’s renowned for its artistic achievements, many of which are displayed on the
ceilings of the palace. This makes me believe that frescos are the most dangerous cultural attraction in Europe:
O n e o f th e m o s t o r n a te h a l l wa ys I’ve e ve n s e e n .
There’s no doubt that Schloss Ludwigsburg is impressive, but lots of castles are impressive: Heidelberg Castle,
Hohenz ollern Castle, the diminutive (by castle standards) Licthenstein Castle, Burghausen, the longest castle in Europe,
and the Munich Residenz , to name a few. It’s the glimpse into the secret lives of the royals and servants who lived here
that I found fascinating. Can you imagine being surrounded by opulence, yet having t o dine in a windowless
unheat ed room as t he servant s did?
Th e wi n d o wl e s s s e r va n t’s q u a r te r s .
bedroom below may look like a rather lavish, but typical royal bedroom until our guide takes us through the secret panel
hiding the secret stairway to Duke Eberhard Ludwig’s mistress’ bedroom and the servant’s stairway.
Ca n yo u s p o t th e s e cr e t p a n e l h i d i n g th e s e cr e t s ta i r wa y fo r th e Du ke ’s m i s tr e s s ?
sure why Duke Eberhard Ludwig felt the need for secrecy though. His wife lived in the much more modest Old Palace in
Stuttgart, over 20km away from Ludwigsburg. Not far from Stuttgart’s only castle ruins. Wilhelmine von Grävenitz may
have only been a mistress, but she was very powerful. Duke Eberhard Ludwig was so love sick that he essentially let
her rule over the state of Württemberg for 20 years. As a result, he was the subject of gossip and ridicule for years.
Then we have poor Elisabeth Friederike von Brandenburg- Bayreuth. She was unfortunately married to Duke Carl
Eugen. It wasn’t likely that she used the secret staircase to her husband’s bedroom, since he was so busy carrying on
the same amorous life he lead before his marriage. All while under the same roof as his wife! One can only imagine
how often the secret staircase to his bedroom was used – and not by his wife!
De s p i te l i vi n g i n o p u l e n ce a t S ch l o s s Lu d wi g s b u r g , l i fe wa s m i s e r a b l e fo r El i s a b e th Fr i e d e n ke vo n B r a n d e n b u r g -B a yr e u th d u e to h e r
h u s b a n d ’s wa n d e r i n g e ye .
After a few years of her husband’s extra- marital affairs, humiliation and political failings, Elisabeth Friederike von
Brandenburg- Bayreuth had enough and left Ludwigsburg for good, leaving Duke Carl Eugen without an heir.
Th e Lu d wi g s b u r g P a l a ce g a r d e n s we r e o fte n u s e d a s a b a n q u e t h a l l , th a n ks to Du ke Ca r l Eu g e n .
thing that Duke Carl Eugen had going for him was that he knew how to throw a good party. He was in fact famous for his
court festivities, operas and theater performances at Schloss Ludwigsburg. Performances are still held there today. The
palace is also home to the world’s largest pumpkin festival each year.
Ludwigsburg Palace’s walls may not talk, but by the end of the 90 minute tour, I could have sworn
they were whispering secrets in my ear, warning me living in a castle is not always a f airytale.
See the Schloss Ludwigsburg homepage for more info.
Laurel Robbins is a free- spirited adventurer, award- winning travel blogger at Monkeys and Mountains
Adventure Travel Blog. Many hats, one travel obsessed Canadian in Germany.