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Celebrating the pumpkin at Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg

pumpkin festival Ludwigsburg

And with the snap of a finger it became fall. And what belongs to fall like a Brezel to Stuttgart? Right! Pumpkins! Fall is the season of pumpkins and what would be more appropriate than celebrating the orange (and sometimes yellow, green, white..) vegetable with a special festival?! Luckily the city of Ludwigsburg had the same idea 20 years ago and thus you can enjoy pumpkins in every size and color and many fun attractions around them at Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg at the moment!

I’ve visited the festival last weekend with friends and my baby girl and had a blast. It starts with the scenery: When you enter Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg you “have to” walk through the beautiful Ludwigsburg castle.

Ludwigsburg castle

The festival itself is located in the stunning gardens of the castle.

Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg garden

Here you find pumpkins in every shapes, sizes and colors. I personally am a big fan of the gnome pumpkins! You can find them in the northern garden and they are just too funny.

Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg gnome

But these funny, encraved pumpkins are not the only artwork at the festival. In the next part of the garden, huge pumpkin statues await you.

Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg pumkin statues

You might have guessed it by now. This year’s topic of the festival is “Magical Fairytale World” and next to the Phoenix, the Elfe, Gandalf the wizard and Medusa that you can see on the pictures many more characters from old and new fairytales await you.

When you get hungry, many pumpkin themed goodies await you. I tried the pumpkin burger and loved it.

Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg Pumkin Burger

But you can also take a lot of fun things home with you. There are several shops and stands where you can buy pumpkins, pumpkin secco, pumpkin sponges, pumpkin bread and much more.

Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg also offers special events: Germany’s biggest pumpkin soup will be cooked on September 28 and 29, Europe’s heaviest pumpkin will be celebrated on October 13, there will be an encraving festival on October 20 and on every weekend you can create your own Halloween-themed pumpkin.

Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg is going on until November 3. When you plan to visit the festival on the weekend I recommend you either take the public transport (S-Bahn station Ludwigsburg is close by) or arrive early as it will be crowded and thus hard to find a parking space.

More information about:

Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg

Transparency: As a blogger and journalist I was able to enter the festival with a free press ticket. The opinions stated in this post are my  own and were not influenced by the organizers of Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg. 


Hello and welcome to "living in Stuttgart". I am Mel and I love this beautiful city. There are so many things to explore, I can't wait sharing them with you. So come along and let me show you Stuttgart the way I see it.

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  1. October in Stuttgart - Living in Stuttgart
    3 years ago

    […] OK, I have to take back what I just said right away as some highlight events are taking place outside, like the fun annual festival around the pumpkin, the Kürbisausstellung (pumpkin festival) in Ludwigsburg! It is on throughout October, until November 4. I’ve recently visited the festival with the little one in tow and had a great time! Read more about our experience in my post Celebrating the pumpkin. […]


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