Mecklenburg’s Versailles: Ludwigslust Castle

Germany is a land filled with historical buildings and German castles and forts are among the most renowned in the world. Each week I publish a post about a German castle or fort and tell you – my readers – about its history, important things to see there and much more.


Located about 40 km south of Schwerin Castle is the picturesque Ludwigslust Castle in the state of Mecklenburg-West Pommerania. Ludwigslust Castle gets its name from Prince Ludwig Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin who ordered it built in 1724 as a hunting lodge. The lodge was expanded between 1772-76 to become a residence of the dukes and here is where they eventually lived until 1837. The castle became a museum from the 1920s onwards until land reforms in East Germany led to it being used for administrative business. In 1986, it again became a museum and is slowly being restored to its original glory.

Ludwigslust Castle

Ludwigslust Castle

Ludwigslust Castle is often referred to as the “little Versailles in Mecklenburg” in reference to the famous castle in France. It is built in the Late Baroque style and has various building in its surroundings complementing the castle itself. A pool of water is just across from the castle building adding to its beauty and reverence.  While Schwerin Castle goes for the shock and awe approach to castles, Ludwigslust goes for the more soothing touch. The castle and its grounds are a great place to spend a Sunday, walking around or having a picnic.

A statuette inside the castle.

A statuette inside the castle.

There are numerous lakes and ponds all around. If you’re the solitary reflection type, this is definitely the castle for you.

Inside the castle are various things of interest such as the Golden Hall, the church and the intricately carved statues dotting the inside of the castle. As I mentioned before, Ludwigslust was the primary residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin before Schwerin

The Golden Hall.

The Golden Hall.

Castle replaced it. This means that Ludwigslust is less grand than Schwerin Castle, but it makes up for that with its hidden treasures. Therefore, its well worth it to go inside the castle as well as enjoying the outside.

Entry to the castle grounds is free of charge. The opening times can be found here and the entrance fees here. As you might have seen from visiting the two links, Ludwigslust Castle is combined together

The church altar inside the castle.

The church altar inside the castle.

with Schwerin Castle and Güstrow Castle. It could be a good idea to combine all of them and buy Combined Tickets for the museums inside the various castles. I recommend setting aside a weekend and binge watching all these three castles, but it’s all up to you and what kind of pace you want to set. All I know is that you have to visit this castle and take it in.

Ludwigslust Castle: just sit on that bench right there and take in this splendid view.

Ludwigslust Castle: just sit on that bench right there and take in this splendid view.

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