Current Corona Rules for Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival – follow their FB Page @kuerbisausstellung for up to date changes
As of Sept 3, 2021…
- You do NOT need to book in advance
- 3 G not needed
- contact tracing via luca or corona app or forms on site
- Masks must be worn indoors
Schloss Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival (Kürbisse erleben im Blühenden Barock Ludwigsburg) is an annual event that has delighted visitors for 22 years.
Each year the festival is given a new theme and this year (2021) is UNDERWATER! Featuring gigantic pumpkin displays of various underwater themes, a large variety of pumpkin dishes, beautiful works of sand art and much more.
It’s a wonderful event for the whole family to enjoy and is open from Aug 27 through December 5 2021
Located in the gorgeous gardens of Schloss Ludwigsburg, the Pumpkin Festival is the LARGEST pumpkin exhibition in the world, using over 450,000 pumpkins and more than 600 varieties each year!
Note: Upon arrive don’t be discouraged that the entire front facade of the Place is under scaffolding, once you make your way through the gorgeous front gardens the back of the Palace is clearly visible and absolutely breathtaking.
Adult tickets are 10 euros
Children (4 – 15 years) and Students 4,80 euros.
A Family Pass is available (2 adults + 2 children) for 27,00 euros, with each additional child 3,50 euros
How to Buy Tickets
There are two ways to get tickets. One, buy your tickets at the event, or you can buy them online.
Buy your tickets in advance HERE *Note: the online ticket specifies your entrance window, not the length of your visit. Once your are in, you can stay as long as you want.
Open from 9 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week, September through the end of October
October 31 – December 6, 2021 in addition to regular hours it is also open from dusk – 9:30pm.
How to get to Schloss Ludwigsburg
Kürbiisse Erleben, is easily accessible by both car and public transportation. .
By (ICE) Train
Frankfurt Hbf 2:15hrs, Heidelberg Hbf 1:15hrs, Munich Hbf 2:33
Once you arrive at the Ludwigsburg Station, it is a 20 min walk to the Palace. If you rather take the bus use lines 421, 427, 430, 443 or 444 exit at the Residenzschloss stop.
Frankfurt 2:07 hrs, Heidelberg 1:10 hrs, Munich 3 hrs
Located in the city centre, it takes only about 10 minutes to reach the Palace from the highway exit. The signs are clearly-marked an easy to follow
Parking is plentiful around the Palace. Either in garages or lots (We visited on a Saturday late morning and had to circle a few times, but easily found a spot in a pay lot across from the entrance.)
*The pumpkins for the festival are grown primarily by local farmers. More than half of the pumpkins are grown by the local Eisenmann Fruit Farm, while the rest are grown by pumpkin producers in the greater Stuttgart region.
*From October 30 – December 5, 2021 in addition to regular hours, you can also visit the park at night! The Pumpkin Exhibition will be illuminated!
Dogs are allowed – read the specific park regulations on the Blühendes Barock website. (We brought our 2 dogs with no problems)
For all the details on the full programme and to get your tickets, head on over to the official Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival website.
Other Special Events
Visit the Palace and take a guided tour. The Ludwigsburg Residential Palace is one of the largest Baroque buildings in Europe that was able to survive the test of time and still stands in its original condition.
Find more information on English tours and admission prices on the website Schloss-Ludwigsburg
*NOTE – 35 rooms are closed while undergoing extensive renovations. But, don’t worry with 452 rooms in the castle there is still plenty to see.
After the dark grey winter, the colorful Spring Exhibition is a welcome sight. Vibrant displays showcase international spring customs.
When: March 18 -April 29 2022
Wonderful Sand Art Exhibition with 14 amazing sculptures.
When: Usually the entire months of July and August
The Pumpkin Festival
When: August 27 – Dec 5 2021
Enjoy the Dream Paths, where the beautiful pumpkin displays are illuminated at night
When: Oct. 30 – Dec 5
Travel Planning Resources
Planning a trip? These are some of my favorite travel planning and booking resources!
- Tourist Information: located at Eberhardstraße 1
- Hotels.com: The best place to book hotels and hostels
- Get Your Guide: One of my favorites for booking day tours and tickets!
- Germany travel books: My favorite are the DK Eyewitness travel guides
- OMIO: Find time tables and buy tickets all from your phone. Available in English, as a website or App
- Rentalcars.com: Free cancellations on most bookings, world’s biggest car rental booking service, with over 60,000 locations worldwide
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