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Ludwigslust Castle – the Joy of Every Traveller

Back in the 18th century, before you and I, or even our great-grandparents were born, there lived Prince Christian Ludwig, the son of the Duke of Schwerin. And the Prince had an idea – he wanted to have his own hunting lodge. You can imagine that the Duke wanted to satisfy his son’s every whim and pleasure.

Ludwigslust was originally built as a hunting lodge. It was later rebuilt as a luxurious retreat from the ducal capital, Schwerin (check the previous posts), and then became for a time (1765–1837) the center of government.

At the time, Christian Ludwig was only a prince but even when he became duke in 1747, he spent most of his time at Ludwigslust, which translates as, the Joy of Ludwig.

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This is the restaurant, which is situated on the ground floor of the castle. The Duke probably wouldn’t have been happy to see me having my coffee and a (delicious) strawberry cake in my muddy hiking shoes! My apologies…

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We also had a walk in the peaceful park of the castle…

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… and were surprised by some time-machine travelers…

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Then we had a walk around the town where we saw some very picturesque streets.

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And the post office…

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This is the Stadtkirche , built in Neoclassical style. Absolutely worth seeing!

 

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