Ludwigsburg Palace, Stuttgart
Ludwigsburg Palace in Ludwigsburg is one of Europe's largest baroque residences and is found in Ludwigsburg just north of Stuttgart. The Palace was built by Duke Eberhard Ludwig von Württemberg and he originally intended to only restore a hunting lodge that burnt down but by the time he died the buildings had become the most grandiose of all German palaces and a new town had developed. Ludwigsburg Palace contains a portrait gallery of the rulers of Württemberg and also their burial vault, a state art gallery and archives, the castle and regional museums, and a theatre. Concerts and an annual garden show are held in the castle and park. There are also two other castles, Favorite (1718) and Monrepos (1760) built within the Palace grounds.
I was there very early in the morning and it was freezing. A lot of the old part of the Palace is not heated! Thank god for hot air hand dryers in the bathrooms, I spent a lot of my time there thawing out. More in my Travelogue Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg (Baden-Württemberg), Schlossstrasse 30, D-71640 Ludwigsburg