The pumpkin festival called Blühendes Barock (Baroque in Bloom) in Ludwigsburg is an autumn highlight, where you can see, eat, buy and carve pumpkins or enjoy yourself.
The royal residence in Ludwigsburg, Germany is surrounded by a big park. In 1953, it was used and enlarged for Germany’s first garden fair called Blühendes Barock (Baroque in Bloom). Because of the beauty of the park, its size and the location next to the city centre, the park was kept as a recreational area for the people living in Ludwigsburg and closeby. To make the park even more attractive, the manager of the park started to organize different festivals all year round.
In autumn, the highlight is the pumpkin festival, which lasts from September till about mid of November.
Each year, the festival has a different motto or theme, like for example, Switzerland.
The pumpkins are arranged to sculptures which reflect the specific motto.
Aside from the different pumpkins which are displayed, you can also eat various pumpkin dishes. They offer not only the well-known pumpkin soup, but also things like pumpkin burger or pumpkin fries (which look like potato fries).
It is amazing how different pumpkins look and even more that they taste differently. You can buy pumpkins as wel as all sorts of pumpkin products, like oil, seeds, cookbooks…
In the end, if you get tired at the end of a long pumpkin day, just sit down on one of the many benches in the park and enjoy the hopefully beautiful wheather.
The festival starts at the end of August, beginning of September and lasts till mid of November. The entry fee for the park includes the festival and a visit of the Märchengarten (a garden of fairy tales where scenes of some famous fairy tales are displayed).
I suggest that you park your car at Bärenwiese or come with public transportation. Parking close to the residence is a matter of great luck.