One of the largest Baroque palaces in Germany

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, Marble Hall; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Steffen Hauswirth
Classical hall with grand elegance

The Marble Hall

The Marble Hall is the high point of the prestigious sequence of rooms in the New Main Building. It served as a reception and dining hall during celebrations. Its clear structure is completely in line with classicism tastes, which were oriented around examples from antiquity.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, visitors in the Marble Hall; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Niels Schubert

Looking for the stars.

View to the skies

In 1815, King Fredrick I commissioned royal court master builder Nikolaus Friedrich to rebuild the Baroque ballroom in the centre of the New Main Building and make it contemporary. He replaced the existing ceiling vaults with just a slightly vaulted ceiling. The new fresco depicted a cloudy blue sky giving the illusion of opening the room up to the skies. The majestic chandeliers look as if they are being carried by a flying eagle and wild ducks.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, Marble Hall detail; photo: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Sven Grenzemann

Reminiscent of antiquity.

Inspired by antiquity

The Marble Hall is characterized by understated elegance. The only thing that remains of the Baroque hall is the oval shape. In broad terms and in the detail, it is clear how strongly the art of antiquity was the forerunner to classicism: Flat pilasters made from light stucco marble divide the hall. Delicate stucco reliefs with garlands adorn the space between the capitals. The figures of maidens on the upper section of the wall are a throwback to priestesses in antiquity. They were designed by Johann Heinrich Dannecker, one of the most famous sculptors of the time.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, wall décor in the Marble Hall; photo: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Sven Grenzemann

Wall décor in the Marble Hall.

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