Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival or Kurbisfest was something that I was really excited to attend. After I heard that you could go inside the Baroque palace and try various kinds of pumpkin flavored foods, I was sold. The pumpkin fest is held in the gardens of the Ludwigsburg Palace. There are over 500 species of pumpkins displayed here. Every year there is a theme for the fest. This year they chose the Olympics games as their muse. The fest this year ran from August 8 until November 3, so it is open for quite some time.
It was so fun to just enjoy the beautiful fall day with good friends and admire all the different kinds of beautiful pumpkins. We sat down for lunch and shared a variation of pumpkin flavored dishes. Below is pumpkin spaghetti with bread with pumpkin seeds, pumpkin and squash over rice, pumpkin soup, and pumpkin strudel. Other things you can get are cakes, popcorn, and roasted squash. Worth the trip for the food alone.
We walked the gardens and spotted the mini Rapunzel's Castle. You can see her "throwing down her hair."
After enjoying the festival we (I) decided that I wanted to take a tour of the beautiful Baroque Palace. There are tours in English. It's near Stuttgart and it's one of Germany's largest Baroque Palaces. Originally this palace started as a hunting lodge but it soon outgrew that purpose and another hunting lodge of beautiful architecture was built nearby. When you view the inside of the palace you can look from one room and see down many many meters to end of the hall. This is typical of the Baroque style of using symmetry in the design. Much of the architecture is parallel on each side. The inside of the palace is interesting because as the centuries have gone by, the rooms were adorned in accordance to the new styles, so you can see elements of Baroque, Rococo, Empire, and Neo Classicism from one room to the next. You can literally walk from some of the older Baroque rooms and the next one will be in the Neo Classical style, which has a lot of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian influences. Both very different styles.
The tour is very informative, but unfortunately you are not allowed to take picture inside. I was peeved that I couldn't take pics inside the Neuschwanstein castle, especially the bedroom, so I did sneak a pic of the bedroom of the Queen in this palace below. As you can see, it is in the Baroque style. And you can see her chair toilet where, as the tour guide put it "she took her royal shit." What I thought was really weird was that the tour guide said that during important dinners with guests, it was a privilege for the guests to watch the king or queen take their royal shit at the dinner table. Wow, have things changed....
I didn't leave empty handed of course. Below are the pumpkin items I brought home. Some pumpkin seed oil which I used as a dressing on a fruit salad and it tasted amazing, some pumpkin liquor that I used to make some pumpkin spaghetti of my own, some delicious pumpkin wine, and a mini pumpkin!
What a nice fall day at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival and Palace. I'd visit again, because there are always new themes and different types of tours within the palace.
Have you been to an awesome pumpkin festival this fall?
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