Schloss Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival (Kürbisse erleben im Blühenden Barock Ludwigsburg) is an annual event that has delighted visitors for 21 years. Each year the festival is given a new theme and this year (2020) is MUSIC! Featuring gigantic pumpkin displays of various musical themes, various pumpkin dishes, beautiful works of sand art and much more.
It’s a wonderful event for the whole family to enjoy and runs across the entire months of September through December 6.
*Enjoy the new addition to the event from October 31 – December 6, 2020 in addition to regular hours, you can also visit the park at night! The Pumpkin Exhibition will be illuminated!*
Located in the gardens of Schloss Ludwigsburg, the Pumpkin Festival is the LARGEST pumpkin exhibition in the world! Created with over 450,000 pumpkins, and more than 600 varieties, it’s hard not to be amazed at the artistically designed pumpkin sculptures!
When you first arrive don’t be discouraged that the entire front facade of the Place is under scaffolding, once you make your way through the amazing front gardens the back of the Palace is clearly visible and absolutely breathtaking.
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
Most commonly- buy your tickets at the event, or you can visit the website and buy them in advance.
The Pumpkin Festival is open from 9 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week, September – the end of October. And October 31 – December 6, 2020 in addition to regular hours also from dusk – 9:30pm.
How to get There
Kürbiisse erleben, is easily accessible by both car and public transportation. Located right in the city centre, takes about 10 minutes to reach following clearly-marked signs from the highway exits. For parking information and public transit information, please visit the Schloss Ludwigsburg website. (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.)
The pumpkins for the festival are grown primarily in the district of Ludwigsburg. About 80% come from the Eisenmann Fruit Farm near Marbach am Neckar, while roughly 20% are grown by pumpkin producers in the greater Stuttgart region.
New This Year
Leuchtende Traumpfade (The Shinning Dream Paths). From Dusk – 9:30pm, normal daily admission prices apply. For more information go to the website
Dogs are generally allowed – please read the specific park regulations on the Blühendes Barock website. (We brought our 2 dogs with no problems)
Due to corona virus this year, the number of visitors to the Pumpkin Festival is limited. It is advised to visit either on the weekdays or early morning on the weekends.
For all the details on the full programme and to get your tickets, head on over to the official Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival website.
Travel Planning Resources
Planning a trip? These are some of my favourite travel planning and booking resources!
- Tourist Information: located at Oberstrasse 10. Website is only in German
- 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
- RMV.de: Find time tables and buy tickets all from your phone. Available in English, as a website or App
- Moovitapp.com: A great resource! Step by step directions on which bus/U-bahn/S-bahn or combination you need to take to get to your destination! In English and available 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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