Resplendent palaces and glorious gardens combine with lively shopping districts and colorful festivals at this city in Germany’s Baden-Württemberg state.

Experience a blend of history, nature and entertainment in Ludwigsburg. Explore royal palaces and fairytale gardens. Discover bustling commercial streets and festivals that celebrate everything from artisans to food and street music. Established as a royal retreat in the early 1700s, today Ludwigsburg maintains the grace of its regal past.

Ludwigsburg is famous for its three palaces. In the heart of the city is Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg, a Baroque masterpiece with over 400 rooms built for the Dukes of Württemberg in 1704. Take a guided tour of the palace’s rooms, admire European art in the Barockgalerie and browse fashion exhibitions in the Modemuseum. Marvel at the artistic flower arrangements and topiary displays in the palace’s garden, Blühendes Barock.

A short walk away is Schloss Favorite, a lavishly decorated former hunting palace and summer residence. Spot deer in the surrounding 178-acre (72-hectare) garden, Favoritepark. North of the city center is Seeschloss Monrepos, an 18th-century lakeside hunting lodge used for private events and concerts. Go boating on Lake Monrepos, which turns into a public ice-rink during the winter months.

The city’s old town spreads out from the café-lined Marktplatz. Visit Stadtkirche and Zur Heiligsten Dreieinigkeit, two striking churches erected almost 300 years ago. See the birthplaces of famous poets such as Justinus Kerner and Friedrich Theodor Vischer. Browse boutiques and fashion outlets set along the old town’s streets, including Holmzmarktstrasse and Wilhelmstrasse.

Brush up on local history at Ludwigsburg Museum. Learn about the rural life of the city’s early settlers at the Dorfmuseum Poppenweiler. Find exhibits that highlight the city’s penal past at the Prison Museum.

Plan your visit around the city’s busy schedule of events. May’s Street Music Festival honors street performers and aspiring musicians. Watch elegant horse parades at June’s Ludwigsburg Horse Market. Also in June is the Market Square Festival, which celebrates the city’s diverse music and culinary scene. Shop at 170 stalls during the month-long Ludwigsburg Baroque Christmas Market.

Ludwigsburg is a 15-minute train journey from Stuttgart and a popular daytrip destination. A range of guesthouse and hotels provide affordable accommodation options.

Top hotels in Ludwigsburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Schlosshotel Monrepos
Schlosshotel Monrepos
4 out of 5
Domaene Monrepos 22, Ludwigsburg, BW
The price is NZ$169 per night

This family-friendly Ludwigsburg hotel is located on a lake, within 3 mi (5 km) of Monrepos Lakeside Palace and Ludwigsburg Palace. Porsche Museum is 9 mi (14.5 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (204 reviews)
Good alternative to Stuttgart city hotels

"Great place - in summer castle grounds - modern, good bar/restaurant - only 30 mins to Daimler in the morning ! You need a car though."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020

Schlosshotel Monrepos
NH Ludwigsburg
NH Ludwigsburg
3.5 out of 5
Pflugfelder Str. 36, Ludwigsburg, BW
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$122 per night

Located in West, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Arena Ludwigsburg, Forum am Schlosspark and Blooming Baroque. Ludwigsburg Palace and Monrepos Lakeside ...

4.2/5Very Good! (447 reviews)

"Apart from the pillows, this was perfect. Breakfast was excellent."…"

Reviewed on 22 Dec. 2019

NH Ludwigsburg
ibis budget Ludwigsburg
ibis budget Ludwigsburg
2.5 out of 5
Pflugfelder Strasse 18, Ludwigsburg
The price is NZ$89 per night

Located in West, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Arena Ludwigsburg, Forum am Schlosspark and Blooming Baroque. Ludwigsburg Palace and Monrepos Lakeside ...

4/5Very Good! (220 reviews)
Don’t Stay Here

"First, the pluses: air conditioning and an appetizing breakfast for a reasonable price. Now, the minuses: First, it is very disheartening to have the shower in the guest room, rather than the bathroom. Second, there is no room phone—-a disadvantage if you have problems with the room. You can’t just ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019

ibis budget Ludwigsburg

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Benningen am Neckar