One of the largest Baroque palaces in Germany

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

Visitors in Ludwigsburg Residential Palace; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Niels Schubert
Extended for festive occasions

Order Building and

Order Chapel

A magnificent hall occupies the entire first floor of the Order Building. The building was constructed from 1709 in order to expand the possibilities of the small hunting palace. The Order Hall and Order Chapel gave the duke additional staterooms in which to enjoy celebrations with his hunting order.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, King Friedrich I’s throne; Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Daniel Franck

King Friedrich I’s throne in the Order Hall.

Opulence no longer in fashion

After King Friedrich I of Württemberg ordered the erection of the majestic throne ensemble in 1807, the Order Hall was not seen again in its original design. The king ordered the outdated Baroque stucco on the walls to be replaced with neoclassical pilasters. However the ceiling fresco by Pietro Scotti was simply painted over. It was uncovered again in 1939 to reveal its architectural perspective paintings and the outlook into the realm of gods.

Medal, King Wilhelm I.; photo: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Dieter Jäger

The king used the hall.

Gay celebrations – serious politics

The Order Hall was the largest in the palace before it was finally expanded with the New Main Building. Duke Eberhard Ludwig used it for celebrations by the new Württemberg hunting order, which he founded. As of 1806, King Friedrich I held gatherings for his Order of the Golden Eagle there. Later, the hall became the setting for major political events. In 1819, the constitution of the Württemberg Kingdom was proclaimed here, and in 1919 the first democratic constitution.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, Order Chapel; photo: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Arnim Weischer

A chapel for the aristocracy.

The Order Chapel

The architectonic framework which King Friedrich I gave over to gatherings for the Order of the Golden Eagle is impressive. Court master builder Thouret had to remodel the former protestant court chapel to create it. Emperor Napoleon and the kings of Prussia and Bavaria all belonged to this illustrious order, along with other members of aristocracy. The circular rows of seats on which Knights of the Order took their places beneath their gilded coat of arms remain unchanged today.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, „Crucifixion“ by Livio Retti; photo: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Dieter Jäger
LudwigsbLudwigsburg Residential Palace, „Ascension of Christ“ by Livio Retti; photo: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Dieter Jäger
Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, „Outpouring of the Holy Spirit“ by Livio Retti; photo: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Dieter Jäger

Scenes from the New Testament.

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Painted, carved, and sculpted from stone: the symbols of the Württemberg Hunting Order of the Star and the Golden Eagle are seen at several points in Ludwigsburg Palace. You will constantly come across it on your tour.

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