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One of the largest Baroque palaces in Germany

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

Der Alte Hauptbau des Residenzschlosses Ludwigsburg; Foto: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Ralf Cohen
Splendid chambers in the oldest part of the palace

Old central building

The luxuriously furnished apartments and lavish dining room make the old central building an excellent example of courtly Baroque domesticity. The structure, on which construction began in 1704, was initially intended to serve Duke Eberhard Ludwig as a hunting lodge.

Culinary delights and royal living

The dining room is located at the center of the representative second floor. The duke and duchess' apartments adjoin the dining room to east and west. Both apartments have three rooms each: antechamber, audience chamber, bedroom. They are arranged according to a design developed in France in the 17th century and adopted in Baroque palaces. What's more, the duke's bedroom, which is the most important room for court ceremonials, was combined with a hall of mirrors, one of the most luxurious palace rooms.

Ceiling of the hall of mirrors at Ludwigsburg Residential Palace. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Dieter Jäger

The hall of mirrors with stucco work by Frisoni.

A refined hall of mirrors

The hall of mirrors, adorned with gilded stucco, was expanded in 1721 by removing the wall to the royal bedroom and combining both rooms. Upon entering, the numerous mirrors reveal their ingenious play. Illusion and reality merge. What Duke Eberhard Ludwig's guests didn't know: A hidden staircase was concealed behind a mirrored door, leading to a bedroom directly below that belonged to his mistress, Wilhelmine von Grävenitz.

Detail des Deckenfreskos im sogenannten Marszimmer des Alten Hauptbaus; Foto: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Sven Grenzemann
Detail des Deckenfreskos im sogenannten Junozimmer des Alten Hauptbaus, um 1709; Foto: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Dieter Jäger

Many original ceiling frescoes from the palace's first construction period have been preserved in the old central building.

Part of a bay window in Eberhard Ludwig's former audience chamber. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Dieter Jäger

Magnificent window reveals.

Expensive furniture in the palace

The original writing cabinet is a masterpiece of furniture art. It was built around 1715/20, presumably by Johann Jakob Meyer. The cabinet maker from Kirchheim unter Teck is hardly known outside of Württemberg, despite his amazing skills. His monumental, stately furniture constitutes some of the most valuable furnishings in the royal apartments in the old central building; however, it is unclear whether the writing cabinet was made for Duke Eberhard Ludwig or for other palace inhabitants.

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