Discovering Ludwigsburg: Why the Fairy Tale Garden is a Must-See

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Don’t miss the enchanting Fairy Tale Garden in Ludwigsburg, Germany

Our first weekend living in Europe was kicked off with a mesmerizing visit to the Fairy Tale Garden (Märchengarten), nestled within the majestic grounds of Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg or Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. For those unfamiliar, this is one of Germany’s grandest Baroque palaces with 18 building sections and more than 450 rooms. Additionally, it’s home to one of Europe’s oldest palace theaters, which retains its original decor and functional stage machinery.

This notable German estate was easy to reach by train from Stuttgart, followed by a short stroll through the town of Ludwigsburg. The spring flowers, including daffodils, tulips, and cherry blossoms, made for a pleasant walk. We decided to tour the inside of the palace on a future visit, but the views of the palace itself and its surrounding gardens are well worth a trip in itself. Read on to discover more details about the estate’s Fairy Tale Garden.

Fairytale scenes

Strolling through the serene courtyard, our path led us to the enchanting Fairy Tale Garden or the Märchengarten. What a gorgeous sight. Manicured gardens and lovely fountains complete with over 40 fairy tale displays.

Rapunzel’s Tower was our first stop, and undeniably, the highlight for our family. My daughter shouted, “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!” Sure enough, Rapunzel’s hair came down and a huge smile covered my daughter’s face. Next, my little girl entered the tower and raced down the stairs as they curved around and around all the way to the bottom, where she eagerly ran to more fairy tale scenes.

From the narratives of Hansel and Gretel to The Frog Prince to Little Red Riding Hood and beyond, each display sparked imagination. Watching the gleam in my daughter’s eyes as the fairy tales came to life, made the trip extra special.

Endless Fun Awaits

From boat rides along the fairy tale stream to delightful train journeys, the park offers a plethora of activities tailored for kids of all ages. My children were thrilled by a unique display where, for a coin, a hen would ‘lay’ a golden egg, each containing a surprise. These thoughtful touches added a sprinkle of magic to our visit.

The expansive playground had our young ones climbing, sliding, and even enjoying some water fun. One standout was a barn filled with hay, which soon became the center of gleeful hay fights. Not only kids but adults too were swept up in the joyous atmosphere.

Exiting the playground, my daughter was captivated by a grand Easter display featuring raffia bunnies and trees adorned with Easter eggs. The gardens are not just visually stunning but also practical with plenty of concessions, restrooms, and spaces for families to relax. It’s evident that the Fairy Tale Gardens prioritize family fun, making it a must-visit destination.

Until next time…

We barely scratched the surface of what the palace gardens offer and we’re already eager to visit again. I’d recommend browsing the Blooming Baroque website before your trip, where you’ll find details on hours, entrance fees, directions, events, and more.

A heads-up for fellow parents: while our stroller served us well, some paths posed challenges with stairs. If you can, you may want to consider bringing a carrier.

And here’s one last tidbit: come fall, these gardens boast the world’s largest pumpkin display See you there? Happy Traveling!

Have you visited the Fairy Tale Gardens in Ludwigsburg? If so, what do you think?

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