Schloss Ludwigsburg, pumpkin fest and fairy tale garden

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Schloss Ludwigsburg

I visited this gorgeous park with my dad and his girlfriend. It took us 4 hours just to stroll through the park. We didn't go inside any of the castles. Here's all the info:

http://www.schloss-ludwigsburg.de/en/ludwigsburg-palace/Home/267924.html

I highly recommend coming here. :) 

Visiting Ludwigsburg was on my list of things to do for a while now. I had heard about the Pumpkin-festival and wanted to see it for myself. The castle of Ludwigsburg is where you enter to see the pumpkins from the festival. The tickets were pretty steep, BUT you get to see so much. We explored the gardens outside the castle for a while.

Lots-O-Pumpkins
The weather was holding steady and it actually got pretty warm today. 

I was all fired up from my photography class I had taken in my first semester in college so I wanted to try some of the techniques I had learned. Of course I was still lacking the professional gear, but my point and shoot turned out to be very capable of taking pretty pictures.

The gardens are probably much prettier in the spring and summer; it being the end of summer time a lot of flowers were on the verge of dying.  It had been cold for a couple of nights as well, so the tips of blossoms and leaves had gotten their first frost bite.  The actual pumpkin exhibit is located in the park behind the castle.  I had no idea how huge this park really was.  Attached to Schloss Ludwigsburg are the fairytale gardens for children of all ages.

Rapunzel's tower
;)  If you are not familiar with the German fairytales by the Brothers Grimm and others you should definitely familiarize yourself with them before you go to this park.  The displays are very cute and some are even interactive. There’s everything from Aschenputtel (Cinderella) and Froschkoenig (The frog prince/king) to Red Riding Hood (wow, can’t think of the German name).

BUT we were here for the pumpkins. There are millions of them – no kidding!  Small ones and HUGE ones some of which have earned prizes on local markets.  This year’s theme was dinosaurs so the pumpkins were arranged in the shape of dinosaurs and other reptiles throughout the park.

I believe my favorite part of Schloss Ludwigsburg and gardens is the “Rapunzeltower” where the princess let’s her hair down when you call her name. lol  What a neat idea! The kids around us seemed to very much enjoy themselves.

AND this is not all. There is an enclosure for birds in this park as well. There are very pretty flamingos in there and other birds which were hard to identify.
I very much recommend anyone in the area to visit Schloss Ludwigsburg and the gardens. 

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Schloss Ludwigsburg
Schloss Ludwigsburg
Lots-O-Pumpkins
Lots-O-Pumpkins
Rapunzels tower
Rapunzel's tower
Pumpkin/dinosaur exhibit
Pumpkin/dinosaur exhibit
Castle and park layout
Castle and park layout
Us and the castle
Us and the castle
Pumpkins
Pumpkins
Ludwigsburg castle
Ludwigsburg castle
Duck
Duck
Mittagsgold
Mittagsgold
Ludwigsburg castle
Ludwigsburg castle
statues
statues
statues on the roof
statues on the roof
baby statues
baby statues
I missed this statue
I missed this statue
A crown
A crown
Beginning of pumpkin exhibit
Beginning of pumpkin exhibit
A tower
A tower
Castle Favorite
Castle Favorite
Pumpkin exhibit
Pumpkin exhibit
gardens
gardens
pretty bushes
pretty bushes
Ludwigsburg castle from the back
Ludwigsburg castle from the back
Award-winning pumpkins
Award-winning pumpkins
Castle Favorite (its actual name)
Castle Favorite (its actual name)
Pumpkin T-Rex
Pumpkin T-Rex
Me and the pumpkins
Me and the pumpkins
pumpkin figures
pumpkin figures
Another pumpkin dinosaur
Another pumpkin dinosaur
Pumpkin bird
Pumpkin bird
pumpkin lizzard
pumpkin lizzard
pumpkin amphibian
pumpkin amphibian
Rapunzels tower
Rapunzel's tower
Pumpkin bean bag :)
Pumpkin bean bag :)
This was part of the Rumpelstiltsk…
This was part of the Rumpelstilts…
Goliath
Goliath
Colorful statues they have
Colorful statues they have
Frog king
Frog king
History of the tower
History of the tower
Overlooking the park
Overlooking the park
The upper park
The upper park
Wine house
Wine house
Japanese garden
Japanese garden
Japanese garden
Japanese garden
Japanese garden
Japanese garden
pagoda
pagoda
Overlooking the park
Overlooking the park
Duck
Duck
An antique long swing
An antique long swing
Part of an old wall
Part of an old wall
Sardinian birds
Sardinian birds
Flamingos
Flamingos
Me and the birds
Me and the birds
More of the park
More of the park
An old memorial
An old memorial
One last time, the tower
One last time, the tower
Pumpkin dino
Pumpkin dino
Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween
Pumpkins, lots of pumpkins
Pumpkins, lots of pumpkins
Dinosaur nest
Dinosaur "nest"
View of Ludwigsburg
View of Ludwigsburg
Ludwigsburg
photo by: missandrea81