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Above, a collection of photos from the Palace at Ludwigsburg.

On March 25, 2017, we traveled to the town of Ludwigsburg, about 20 minutes north of Stuttgart.  What greeted us was a beautiful palace and a small festival in the gardens below.  The palace is in the Baroque style and truly massive.  Some call it the “Versailles of Swabia,” given its size and scope.  The nickname is entirely appropriate.

While we had been to the palace on multiple occasions and walked the grounds often enough, we came this time to see the Ludwigsburg Straw Festival.  The festival was held in the lower gardens and consisted of hay bales, farm animals, straw sculptures, and Easter themed displays.  We walked through the gardens, took in the palace, ate rotewurst and pommes, drank beer by the straw, then slowly walked through the palace courtyard and into town.  After taking in the town square, we quietly walked back to the car and decided to call it an easy Saturday.

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Giant rabbits made of straw.  These are the things German festivals are made of.

The straw festival was rather muted, but did yield an interesting photo or two.  Most peculiar was a giant straw rabbit pulling a cart with proportionately large eggs.  Not quite sure what to make of it, but then again, art isn’t always for everyone.

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