Experience autumn at the Ludwigsburg pumpkin exhibition

Experience autumn at the Ludwigsburg pumpkin exhibition

Every autumn, everything in Ludwigsburg revolves around the pumpkin for a few months. At the world-famous Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Exhibition, visitors can marvel at artistic pumpkin figures, sample culinary delicacies or experience one of the numerous events. Here you will find the most important information about the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival as well as sightseeing tips in the area.

Pumpkin exhibition Ludwigsburg 2023: Under the sign of fire

In 2023, from the end of August to the beginning of December, it’s time to go to the Ludwigsburg Fairytale Garden. As every year, the lovingly crafted pumpkin figures have a specific theme. At this year’s Ludwigsburg pumpkin exhibition you can admire Fred Flintstone, Fireman Sam and Jim Knopf with his steam locomotive. For the past 20 years, around 450,000 pumpkins from around 600 varieties have been on display – great photo opportunities are guaranteed here.

The various events such as the pumpkin boat regatta in the Südgarten lake, cooking Germany’s largest pumpkin soup, the German championship and the European championship in pumpkin weighing are all exciting. And the pumpkin exhibition also caters for the physical well-being – from pumpkin waffles to pumpkin spaetzle and roasted pumpkin seeds, there is something for everyone.

Ludwigsburg Flowering Baroque & Residence Palace

The venue for this popular event is the Blüba Ludwigsburg. In the year-round garden show at the Residenzschloss, you can marvel at the splendour of flowers in the Fairytale Garden or the flamingos and storks in the Sardinian Garden. In addition to the garden exhibition, events such as the Lichterzauber (Magic of Lights) or the International Street Music Festival take place here regularly throughout the year. As a former ducal residence, the Residenzschloss itself delights visitors with various museums and permanent exhibitions. The highlight of Ludwigsburg Palace, however, is clearly the annual pumpkin exhibition.

Parking & Co.: Useful tips for Blossoming Baroque Pumpkin Exhibition

If you want to travel to the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Exhibition by car, you have various parking options. In addition to the town hall car park, the Akademiehof garage and the Forum/Blühendes Barock car park, you can also park at the Bärenwiese East or West car parks.

Great for families: On the way from the Bärenwiese Ost or West car park to the pumpkin exhibition, you walk through the park. Here you will find a beautiful playground where young and old can let off steam.

A few impressions from the last few years

Other sights in Ludwigsburg

Discover Ludwigsburg: More highlights are waiting for you!

If, after Ludwigsburg Palace and the pumpkin exhibition, you’re still in the mood for a little more, you’ll find other places worth seeing nearby. A popular meeting place in the middle of the city is Ludwigsburg’s Baroque market square with its historic arcaded houses and the fountain in the middle of the square. Here you can also admire Ludwigsburg’s city church and listen to the church tower musicians every Saturday.

Extra tip: Don’t miss a guided tour of the church towers. From here you have a unique view of the Residenzschloss, the Blühender Barock and Hohenasperg Fortress.

Close by is Favorite Palace. Picturesquely situated on a hill, the former hunting lodge and pleasure palace offers a wonderful view of the Favorite Forest and the zoo. The Favorite Park used to be a pheasantry and is now a recreation area and nature reserve with many free-living animals. The nearby moated castle of Monrepos is also worth a visit. Wedding ceremonies and events are often held here, such as the Klassik Open Air and the Ludwigsburg Palace Festival with a large fireworks display in the summer.

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