Written by Susan of Wardrobe
“Let’s go to Ludwigsburg Castle!” Mom exclaimed. My family and Auntie Lisa and her friends were sitting around a table in Auntie Lisa’s apartment. The adults were discussing which places we should visit before we leave for France. We were visiting Auntie Lisa in Germany for 5 nights, and then we would drive to our house in Saint-Laurent De La Salanque. I, at the moment was nursing my ankle with ice after I had run it over with a Go-kart earlier that day. Whenever mom glanced at my ankle I could tell by her expression that she wasn’t very happy with what I had done. I was icing it and Mom had put a tenser bandage on it. She said it looked swollen, but nothing felt wrong with it except for whenever I put pressure on it hurt. Well anyway, mom really wanted to go to Ludwigsburg Castle to dress up in 18th century clothes and have a tea party with porcelain cups. That was called the Kinderreich, I was looking forward to that. After deciding how to spend our time wisely (there are gardens and tours of the castle, a fairy tale garden and lots of other things also.), we went home and prepared for our journey tomorrow.
We woke up at 8:00. Auntie Lisa biked over to our hotel just in time for breakfast. We ate yummy eggs and sausages then we headed out the door. The only problem was, I
couldn’t walk. So we drove into town and Dad bought me some colourful crutches
from a foot pharmacy. The crutches cost 22 Euros.
The drive to Ludwigsburg Castle took one hour and a half. When we got there we went to the ticket office inside the castle and asked about the Kinderreich and tours. The lady at the desk said that the tours were available but, sadly, the Kinderreich was full. Everybody including me was bummed about that. So, we decided to go to the garden first. After we had bought our tickets we walked through the gates into a beautiful path lined with flowers and trees. The path led to a wonderful opening. There was a pond with ducks, swings the royals used, and paths underneath the shade of trees. But what really fascinated me was the carousel. It was completely original from the tip of the crown down to the electric motor. But my favourite part was the horses and the carriages. There were deers pulling sleighs and horses decorated in different colours. There were kids riding on the carousel going round and round. We started walking back to the entrance because we decided to come back to the garden and go do the tour before we miss it.
While we were going into the castle there were several flights of stairs to go up, and for me it was quite difficult. Dad had to carry me half way up the stairs because I was really slow. Finally, we reached the top. It opened onto a beautiful hallway made of marble. The ceiling was painted with a sunny blue sky and baby angels floated happily above us. The tour guide came out and led us into the main hall. There were intricately carved statues of war horses on each side of the room. The tour guide explained the main things about the tour. “This castle was built in the 1704 onwards and was supposed to be a hunting lodge for Duke Ebarhard Ludwig…” He explained how the palace has about 400 rooms and we were only going to see about 70 rooms today.
We entered into the second room that was one of my favourites. It was the dining hall. It was magnificent! There were birds painted on the ceiling in front of a magnificent blue sky. A grand chandelier was sparkling in the middle of room while there were smaller ones surrounding it. Silk chairs lined the walls. The walls looked clearly like they were of granite. Turned out they were except the granite was manmade. “Where’s the table?” I asked. The tour guide replied, “It wasn’t actually common for the dining halls to have table back then. Servants carried the tables in and out while the royals were dining,” He told us why there were birds on the ceiling. He clapped his hands and the noise bouncing off the walls sounded like a bird flapping its wings. I found that very smart and interesting. We walked through several other rooms including the throne room and the bed room of the king. He explained how it was normal to sleep half sitting in those times, so the bed was usually shorter than the king.
While we walked through the other room he told us that there were invisible servants and the visible servants. The visible servants helped the king and guests. The invisible servants stayed and lived inside of the walls, they helped out but it was forbidden for them to be seen by the king, or guests. We entered the queen’s chambers. It was completely pink! Everything top to bottom was pink. He let us kids go behind the ropes that surrounded the furniture. There was a really neat looking seat. Our tour guide said it was a toilet. We looked under the seat to see there was a metal removable bowl. He said if you lift up the cushion on the chair there would be an opening in the chair leading into the bowl. The servant who cleaned that after the queen had eaten lots of beans probably wouldn’t be very happy (: It was smart since they didn’t have washrooms back then.
We walked through rooms until we came into the theatre. Edmund and Peter were looking forward to seeing a big TV screen. To their disappointment it wasn’t. Instead it was a gorgeous room with granite walls and a huge chandelier in the center of the ceiling. The stage had a marvellous background of woods. The tour guide explained how there were trap doors hidden in the stage. He said that there still are performances here in this theatre today. The tour ended shortly after that.
We left the palace and got some lunch at a nearby restaurant. After that we went back into the garden. We walked into a huge cage filled with different types of birds. We
exited through a cave. The boys ran like maniacs down the path while we sat down and rested. They were using my crutches as machine guns. I walked down the path and saw interesting dinosaurs. They had wooden structures and inside they had hay with no cover or anything what so ever. We walked down to fairytale village. Fairy tale village was a small village with paths that led to little cottages. Inside of the cottages were lifelike statues that moved and talked. For example, there was a cottage that showed a story of little riding hood. There was a wolf in the bed that was dressed up in grannies clothes. Then, there was little red riding hood talking in German. Every time the fairy tale stopped you would knock on the door or ring the doorbell the story would start over with some voice narrating and the dolls talking. After fairytale village we went to a big maze. In the middle of the maze there was a really tiny pond. In the pond there were two fake of frogs wearing crowns. In the middle there were weights you could jump on and the frogs would spray you. I wasn’t able to go because of my crutches.
The day was very amusing but also very tiring for me because I had to hop with my crutches for the whole day. I hope when we come back to Germany we get to do the Kinderreich.