Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pumpkin fest, with sports theme at castle in Ludwigsburg, Germany

The worlds largest pumpkin festival is held each fall in Ludwigsburg, Germany, on the grounds of  the baroque palace or schools, of King Ludwig.
Over 400,000 pumpkins are brought in to be made into displays. This year's theme was sports-centered, including  gigantic Olympic figurines. The castle was built between 1704 and 1733 and is the largest preserved Baroque castle in Germany.
It was commissioned by King Edward Ludwig who wanted it for a hunting retreat. These days tours of the castle and grounds, a gift shop and restaurant are part of the services to be experienced at the castle.
We spent a good part of last Saturday, walking around the various gardens and admiring the huge pumpkin displays of the Olympic rings, ski jumpers, weight lifter, a basketball player, backboard and net, and soccer ball with a goal.
Excellent carvings of birds, ducks, pigs and other animals were located throughout the castle grounds. Because of the popularity of the event and the extremely warm weather with lots of sunshine and blue skies, the grounds were crowded.
We enjoyed pumpkin-flavored popcorn, and pumpkin fries. Though these may sound weird, both were delicious.
If visiting Germany is on your list, Google Ludwigsburg pumpkin festival, put your feet up and read on.
Swimmer decorated with pumpkins at Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

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