A Fairytale World of Pumpkins north of Stuttgart

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A couple years ago, in September 2019, I was fortunate to see the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival north of Stuttgart. It is the largest Pumpkin exhibition in the world and has a new theme every year.

The Pumpkin festival is every year at the end of August at the Ludwigsburg Castle Gardens. It has a display of 450,000 pumpkins that are artistically designed into sculptures. In 2019, the theme of the pumpkin exhibition was „Fabulous Fairytale of the World“

20 Years Pumpkin Festival at the Ludwigsburg Castle

Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg, Stuttgart

The first Pumpkin exhibition took place at the Juckerhof in 1997 at the town of Seegräben. Three years later, the Jucker brothers Martin and Beat Jucker brought the Pumpkin exhibition to the “Barock in Bloom” (Blühendes Barock) at the Ludwigsburg castle gardens. Since then, there has been a Pumpkin exhibition almost every year. There you find 600 sorts of aromatic edible pumpkins, colourful ornamental pumpkins, glowing carved pumpkins and gourds.

  • Gate to Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Gate to Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Castle Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Map Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg gardens near Stuttgart
  • Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Biergarten at the Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Spätzle at the Biergarten at the Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Apfelstrudel with vanilla sauce
  • Pumpkin festival Ludwigsburg
  • Pumpkin Frog Festival Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Unicorn made of Pumpkins, Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart
  • Pumpkin Festival Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart

We enjoyed a cuisine of spaghetti and Cheese spätzle made from pumpkin. The other menu option were pan-fried pumpkin or pumpkin Maultaschen, pumpkin soup, hash browns, tartes flambées, burgers, also pumpkin pie and Strudel as dessert. For refreshments we had pumpkin secco and spritzer.

While strolling the grounds we saw several booth that sold freshly roasted pumpkin seeds for snacking. We bought some baked pumpkin seed bread from the bakery to take home.

The Ludwigsburg Castle Gardens:

Below is a Swabia Spätzle recipe. You could add mashed pumpkin to the batter by reducing the milk to achieve the right consistency.