What started out as a simple place to stay while hunting became one amazingly beautiful Baroque cities you can imagine. Klennow, as it was called back then, was the sight where Grand Duke Christian Ludgwig fancied to build himself a hunting lodge in 1724. The good duke was so happy here the area became known as Ludwigslust, or Ludwig’s Joy in English.
Oh, you’ll be able to understand what made the 18th century duke all too happy here when you get a look at Schloss Ludwigslust. Who wouldn’t be happy in this opulent, magnificent, ornate, and extraordinarily beautiful castle, that’s famous for its Golden Hall. It’s also celebrated for its series of classical music concerts all summer long.
Schloss Ludwigslust’s Baroque Gardens are another marvel. Sir Elton John once performed here in the garden and concertgoers couldn’t ask for a more stunning venue with French inspired avenues, waterfalls, and flowers. Also within the castle complex are a few Baroque mausoleums and St. Helena’s Church (1803).
Along Ludwigslust’s main boulevard you’ll find many beautiful homes, lined with tall trees and beautiful works of Baroque art — which really are monuments to 18th and 19th century dukes and duchesses.
There are other monuments and memorial stones throughout the town. There are memorial stones to be found at the former Jewish Cemetery, another at the Evangelical-Lutheran Cemetery, and yet another at the Wöbbelin Concentration Camp (which was located nearby).
Despite a bit of dark history in the mid 20th century, Ludwigslust today is a vibrant town with quite a few festivals throughout the Spring and Summer. In a town that’s known throughout Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (and beyond) for its art, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it hosts an Art Festival (held in August). And, in its Baroque tradition there’s a fun Baroque Celebration in May with many dressing in period garb.
Getting here is more than easy with rail service available from the big cities around. So, there’s no excuse not to come experience your own joy in Ludwigslust.