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The Ultimate Guide to Schloss Ludwigsburg’s Pumpkin Festival

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

Overview

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!

To die for pumpkin soup!

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.

Admission

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.

Times

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.

By Car

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.)

Fun Facts

*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!

Additional Info

Dogs 

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

Year-Round

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.

Spring

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

Summer

Wonderful Sand Art Exhibition with 14 amazing sculptures.

When: Usually the entire months of July and August

Fall

The Pumpkin Festival

When: August 27 – Dec 5 2021

Winter

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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