Even though it’s still sunny and warm outside, there’s a nip in the air with the promise of fall to come. One of my favourite things about fall is the Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg (Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival), the largest pumpkin festival in the world which takes place in the beautiful sprawling gardens of the Schloss Ludwigsburg (Luwigsburg Palace).
I loved visiting the festivals in 2014 and 2015 when the themes were ‘Royalty’ and ‘Pumpkins in Flight’. This year’s theme is ‘Welcome to the Circus’ so all the statues and displays have something to do with the circus, acrobatics, performers, or clowns.
We went to the festival on a warm Tuesday afternoon. As I discovered last year, you can save 3 Euros on the regular price admission (8,50 Euros) by entering the gardens after 5:30pm with the Abendkarte. However, some of the festival offerings close early, like the Pumpkin Gourmet restaurant at 5:30pm and the souvenir shop and culinary pumpkin stands at 6pm. Tip: If you only want to see the pumpkin displays and avoid the crowds, then I still would suggest getting the Abendkarte (evening ticket) after 5:30pm – those tickets actually go on sale at 5:25pm. If you want to experience everything on offer at the festival, then go earlier in the day and pay regular admission.