Ludwigsburg: Quaint Baroque city with a vibrant creative scene
Ludwigsburg will enchant you with its typically Swabian culture and romantic charm. The Baroque-period castles and parks downtown make history come alive. Its modern universities attract young people, and the vibrant creative scene provides the town with a special flair.
by Sinah Vonderweiden
Facts & Figures
- Monthly rent:
- 304 €
- Visit the "Waldhaus" to go dancing or enjoy a nice cup of coffee.
Welcome to Ludwigsburg
People often call Ludwigsburg a "Baroque city" because of the several castles downtown which were built during the Baroque period. The castles are nestled among gardens and parks. Possibly the best-known castle is the Residenzschloss (Residential Palace), which was built at the beginning of the 18th century and is the largest Baroque castle in Germany today.
But the other castles in town are also quite impressive. Often you’ll find them situated amidst green meadows and tree-lined boulevards which lend the city an especially romantic flair. That’s why Ludwigsburg, and especially its historic city centre, is so vibrant and attracts countless tourists who stroll or window shop down the busy shopping streets or attend one of the many musical festivals each year.
Ludwigsburg is located in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg not far from the large city of Stuttgart. The inhabitants of the region call themselves Swabians. The automobile is possibly the most famous invention to have come from Swabia, or "Ländle" as they call it. The companies around Ludwigsburg have a commercial and industrial focus. Large corporations, such as Daimler AG, Bosch and IBM Deutschland have set up headquarters in the region. There are also many small- and medium-sized businesses and very special companies, such as the chocolate manufacturer Ritter Sport. Ludwigsburg has a total of five universities which is one of the main reasons that a large creative scene has formed in Ludwigsburg. You could even call the city a "creative oasis".
There are plenty of creative locations and events to discover outside the university. At the Kunstzentrum Karlskaserne, located at Hindenburgstraße 29, you will find a large programme of exhibitions, events and festivals. An open-air cinema is held once a year in the inner courtyard of the Kulturzentrum. The Kunstschule Labyrinth offers numerous courses in dance, theatre, photography and design; the programme includes over 150 workshops and projects. The Museum Information Kunst (MIK) was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2016 and offers new arrivals a general introduction to cultural life in Ludwigsburg. The MIK website recommends that newcomers "take the city tour 'Ludwigsburg for Beginners' which starts at the palace courtyard every Saturday at 2 pm" as a first step to get to know the city. The Tourist Information office is located at the MIK, so you can obtain a map of Ludwigsburg there or download a city guide in PFD format.
Life in Ludwigsburg
Every winter downtown Ludwigsburg is decorated with lights, Christmas booths and ornaments for its annual Baroque Christmas market. Of course, you can find great places to shop all year round along the well-known shopping streets in town. The boutiques, cafés and restaurants at the "Holzmarkt" on Kaffeeberg attract numerous shoppers, and the Baroque marketplace is especially pretty. This is where local associations in Ludwigsburg organise their annual Marktplatzfest where you can buy specialities from the region.
If you want to try regional cuisine, we recommend going to a traditional German restaurant. You definitely should try the schnitzel at Gasthaus Rössle (in Eglosheimer Strasse) and their home-made sausage salad. Both are typical Swabian dishes. After your meal, you can visit one of the museums, gardens or castles situated around the "Bärenwiese" (Bear Meadow), or "Favoritepark". Or play sports. In addition to the courses offered through the university sport programmes, you can also have fun swimming at one of five swimming pools in town.
Studying in Ludwigsburg
There are many young people in Ludwigsburg thanks to its five universities. The Baden-Württemberg Academy of Performing Arts (ADK) and the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy share a joint campus. There is also the Ludwigsburg University of Applied Sciences (HVF) for those interested in studying Public Administration and Finance, and the Protestant University Ludwigsburg (EH Ludwigsburg). The Ludwigsburg University of Education (PH) is the largest university with over 5,000 students. Most are enrolled in teacher training programmes. But students can also earn a bachelor’s degree in "Cultural and Media Education" or even a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in subjects like "European Teaching in Secondary Schools".
Every year, students at the PH elect members to AStA (the General Student Committee), an association that represents student interests at the university. In Ludwigsburg this includes making sure that students have a sufficient supply of delicious snacks and beverages at the Studicafé in Building 12. The café is managed by AStA and offers a pleasant atmosphere for making new acquaintances. And they serve excellent coffee.
The "Waldhaus" is a club that regularly organises student parties. You can also go to the café or beer garden during the day. The owners of the Waldhaus are committed to supporting a good cause: animal welfare.
Living in Ludwigsburg
The universities in Ludwigsburg offer international students inexpensive rooms in student halls of residence. There are three main student halls of residence in Ludwigsburg. The The Studidorf managed by the Studentenwerk Stuttgart is a housing facility comprised of several buildings. It is located in a residential area close to the Ludwigsburg S-Bahn station "Favoritepark".
But most students choose to live in flat shares in and around Ludwigsburg or in Stuttgart. Rooms in flat shares can be rather expensive, however.
Interview with Amal from Israel
Amal is 22 years old and comes from Haifa, Israel. She studies "Math & Computer Science Education" and was accepted into the LAPADIM Excellence Program in her home country.
Why did you want to study in Germany and how did you end up choosing Ludwigsburg?
Actually, I only came to Germany as an exchange student for one semester. The PH in Ludwigsburg was the only choice I had. However, one of my instructors comes here every year. He knows the university and the area really well, and he suggested that I simply transfer to the PH. So right now, I’m thinking about whether I should do that.
How did you prepare for your studies in Germany?
First I talked to a former exchange student who was here before me. But I also talked with my instructors, the coordinators at my university and the team at the International Office. Then on Facebook I also got in contact with Arab students who study here. That’s how I eventually got all the information I needed to travel safely and arrive at the residence hall where the university team was expecting us and had everything prepared.
What do you especially like to do in your free time in Ludwigsburg? Do you have a favourite place?
There’s the castle lake "Monrepos" near my residence hall. My friends and I like taking walks there as often as we can. Sometimes we play sports in the park, or just have a picnic. It’s so gorgeous and I just love the nature there. Usually I like going out and taking walks or reading a book outside. Germany is very beautiful and green, I really enjoy that. Sometimes I like travelling around. Ludwigburg is quite small compared to other cities.
How do you finance your cost of living in Germany?
I received a scholarship. My family supports me, and I have an online job. Right now I’m working via Internet on a project for my home university.
What do you do when you get homesick?
I contact my family, each one of them, my friends and everyone I miss. I make sure everyone is fine and things are going well. Then I do something nice with my friends here to keep me from constantly thinking about home. Otherwise the homesickness can get really bad. But so far, it’s always worked.