05.05.2009 25 °C
I took my time getting ready that morning (2 Saturday's ago) and headed out as I was spending the day in the area. My train ride to Ludwigsburg is a whole 4 minutes so rushing was not in order. I planned on visiting this town, again, to see the Residential Palace. It is known for its beautiful grounds, majestic baroque palace and childrens playgrounds, Fairytale Gardens.
After getting off the train, I decided to use the bus to get to the palace. I didn't have to as the walk is quick but I am trying to learn the transporation system slowly but surely. After getting on the number 425, I made the quick trip to the palace. Once I arrived I bought a ticket for €15,00 which included access to both palaces, all the grounds, Fairytale Gardens and a castle tour.
When I first got on the property I was immediately blown away by how gorgeous the place was. So clean and pretty. It was barely noon but the palace was jamming as a lot of locals came out to enjoy the gorgeous weather in this pretty palace.
I took a look around and smiled a lot. As I stated before, I really enjoy natural beauty.
At 1:30 I entered the palace to join the english speaking tour of the palace which lasted 75 minutes. It was presented by a Swiss girl who was very informative and entertaining. Not as funny as the tour guide at Heidelberg, but a close second.
We learned about Duke Eberhard Ludwig, who started the schloss in 1704, wanted this place to be his hunting lodge.
<--ceiling (all original) of the schloss I know my mom would have DIED to see these beauties.
It's a wonder that this stately baroque palace stayed in tacked and was not destroyed in WWII as so many wonderful and I am sure impressive monuments never made it after this brutal fight.
We got to see their bedrooms, state rooms, libraries etc..
The Duke's bedchamber
Very interesting indeed. But, what interested and infuriated me the most was the servants quarters. Can you tell why? Apparently, the room was actually much darker in the original times. Poor servants.
More pics of the palace - everything is original
<--all the chandeliers are original! This blew me away
Once again, I learned that these royalty were selfish, gross, unclean, mean-spirited and (dear I say it) unattractive people. The history of the palace is most interesting and if you are ever in the Stuttgart region, I highly recommend this tour.
In any case, the schloss was really impressive so it is a shame that the Duke never saw it to full completion as he died in 1733.
<--view of schloss grounds from inside
After the tour, I decided to see what the fuss was about and check out the grounds and childrens gardens. All, I can say is WOW!! The gardens were truly breathtaking. Here is a sneak preview into the gorgeous blooms I saw.
Amongst snapping pictures of gorgeous flowers, I found myself in the popular childrens fairytale gardens. There are some cool things for the kids to do like: wander into a cave, ask Repulzel to throw down her hair, pet some birds, hear stories from world and German fairytales. There were also water themed rides and lots more. Sorry, I wasn't really paying attention but I heard a lot of excited screams and shouts from the children in the park that day so I assume it was great fun.
After taking a crap load of pictures, walking slowly and enjoying myself, I took my leave. I was there about 5 hours. I had originally planned to spend 2-3. That is a sign of a good day.
I was hungry at this point, after 4 and only had breakfast but skipped the tourist traps at Ludwigsburg and headed home. I passed through my town as usual but some activity was going on. For a Sunday, after 12pm, seeing any kind of activity on the street is strange since the shops lock up around noon after everyone gets their bread for dinner. There was some sort of childrens festival going on so I was in luck. I quickly skipped into a shop that was open for a sandwich and drink. Otherwise, I would have been stuck eating either Nutella on crackers or a doner. Trust me, eating Nutella a few nights a week is NOT appealing after the novelty wears off.
Once at my place, I ate, caught up on computer stuff and watched a few shows on computer. Oh Dave Chapelle, how I love thee. I think I went to bed late because I have yet to fall asleep at a reasonable hour since I set foot in Europe.
I'm rich bitch!!
You will note that this post is named, Residential Schloss, Ludwigsburg, Part 1. Part 2, dedicated to blooms, is next so stayed tuned.