Ludwigsburg
QUAINT BAROQUE CITY WITH A VIBRANT CREATIVE SCENE

Ludwigsburg Residence Palace with its flower meadow © © Tourism & Events Ludwigsburg
Ludwigsburg Residence Palace with its flower meadow© Tourism & Events Ludwigsburg Open fig caption

Ludwigsburg will enchant you with its typically Swabian culture and romantic charm. The Baroque-period castles and parks downtown make history come alive. Its modern higher education institutions attract young people, and the vibrant creative scene provides the town with a special flair.

WELCOME TO LUDWIGSBURG

People often call Ludwigsburg a “Baroque city“ because of the several castles downtown which were built during the Baroque period. The castles are nestled among gardens and parks. Possibly the best-known castle is the Residenzschloss (Residential Palace), which was built at the beginning of the 18th century and is the largest Baroque castle in Germany today.

But the other castles in town are also quite impressive. Often you’ll find them situated amidst green meadows and tree-lined boulevards which lend the city an especially romantic flair. That’s why Ludwigsburg, and especially its historic city centre, is so vibrant and attracts countless tourists who stroll or window shop down the busy shopping streets or attend one of the many musical festivals each year.

Ludwigsburg is located in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg not far from the large city of . The inhabitants of the region call themselves Swabians. The automobile is possibly the most famous invention to have come from Swabia, or “Ländle“ as they call it. The companies around Ludwigsburg have a commercial and industrial focus. Large corporations, such as Mercedes Benz, Bosch and IBM Deutschland have set up headquarters in the region. There are also many small- and medium-sized businesses and very special companies, such as the chocolate manufacturer Ritter Sport. Ludwigsburg has three higher education institutions which is one of the main reasons that a large creative scene has formed in Ludwigsburg. You could even call the city a “creative oasis“.

There are plenty of creative locations and events to discover outside the higher education institutions. At the Kunstzentrum Karlskaserne, located at Hindenburgstraße 29, you will find a large programme of exhibitions, events and festivals. An open-air cinema is held once a year in the inner courtyard of the Kunstzentrum. The Kunstschule Labyrinth offers numerous courses in dance, theatre, photography and design. The Museum Information Kunst (MIK) offers new arrivals a general introduction to cultural life in Ludwigsburg. The Tourist Information Office is located at the MIK, so you can obtain a map of Ludwigsburg there .

LIFE IN LUDWIGSBURG

Every winter downtown Ludwigsburg is decorated with lights, Christmas booths and ornaments for its annual Baroque Christmas market. Of course, you can find great places to shop all year round along the well-known shopping streets in town. The boutiques, cafés and restaurants at the „Holzmarkt“ on Kaffeeberg attract numerous shoppers, and the Baroque marketplace is especially pretty. This is where local associations in Ludwigsburg organise their annual Marktplatzfest where you can buy specialities from the region.

If you want to try regional cuisine, we recommend going to a traditional German restaurant and try schnitzel and sausage salad. Both are typical Swabian dishes. After your meal, you can visit one of the museums, gardens or castles situated around the “Bärenwiese“ (Bear Meadow), or “Favoritepark“. Or play sports. In addition to the courses offered through the sport programmes of the higher education institutions, you can also have fun swimming at one of many swimming pools in town.

STUDYING IN LUDWIGSBURG

There are many young people in Ludwigsburg thanks to its three higher education institutions. In Ludwigsburg there is the Protestant University Ludwigsburg (EH Ludwigsburg), the Ludwigsburg University of Education and the University of Applied Sciences – Public Administration and Finance Ludwigsburg.

LIVING IN LUDWIGSBURG

Certain higher education institutions in Ludwigsburg offer international students inexpensive rooms in student halls of residence. There are two main student halls of residence in Ludwigsburg. The Studidorf managed by the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart is a housing facility comprised of several buildings. It is located in a residential area close to the Ludwigsburg S-Bahn station “Favoritepark“.

But most students choose to live in flat shares in and around Ludwigsburg or in Stuttgart. Rooms in flat shares can be rather expensive, however.

How to find a room in Ludwigsburg

Many university and college towns have dormitories or student halls, and a room there is often the most affordable accommodation. To obtain a room in a dormitory or student hall, you have to apply to your college or university’s student union (). Our ‘Find Student Hall’ function can be of practical help. You only need to make a few mouse clicks to get to the online application form. Find a room and more information about dormitories and student halls in Ludwigsburg.

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