Sunday, October 9, 2016

2016 Pumpkin Festival in Germany

This year I had another opportunity to visit the World's Largest Pumpkin Festival! It is held every year at Schloss Ludgwigsburg in Ludgwigsburg, Germany (just outside of Stuttgart). 
We went stumbled upon it by accident in 2013 and when we decided to go to Europe this past September we made sure it was part of our itinerary again! 
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Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Every year the festival consists of over 400,000 pumpkins!!!  The festival is lots of fun! It is held on the castle grounds of this palace below: 

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms
Even if you aren't pumpkin stir crazy, the grounds are beautiful and you can also tour the inside of the  palace as well.  We had been inside in 2013 so we passed this time. 
Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms
Every year the pumpkin festival theme changes.  This year it was Circus themed (Zirkus, in German).  When we were there in 2013 it was a Sports theme.  So if you go every year it is always different! 
Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms
 The pumpkin art is made mainly from wood, straw, and gourds/pumpkins. Just enjoy the pictures now! 
Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms



Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms


Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms


Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms


Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms
They had this wall with all the different pumpkin and gourd varieties! I loved looking at it! 
Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms
The festival also has pumpkin-themed food of all types: pumpkin... soup, bread, muffins, rice, ravioli, pasta, quiche, and of course, strudel! Now this soup inspired to me to create my own copycat version here! The dark stuff floating on top is pumpkin seed oil and it is DELICIOUS.
German Pumpkin Soup

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms

There are also special events that occur during the festival.  Last time we were there they had pumpkin boat racing in the main fountain of the palace!  This year we just missed Ray Villafane, the famous pumpkin carver. 
Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival 2016 - Kurbisaustellung Ludwigsburg | Peonies & Orange Blossoms
You can view my trip to the pumpkin festival in 2013 here.

So what do you all think of the pumpkin festival?? Have you ever seen anything like it??

OH PS - I saw a stork for the first time in real life in Germany at the festival and was so excited I had to share! 
a Stork!

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7 comments:

  1. Angelina, the closest I've seen to something like this is at the Arboretum in Dallas, TX. This year they have a pumpkin village. http://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/seasonal-festivals-events/autumn-at-the-arboretum
    If you ever find yourself in Dallas, the Arboretum is a must see. The tulip display in the spring is totally amazing, but the fall is equally as amazing, just different.
    Thanks for sharing the pumpkin festival in Germany. I'm in awe of the talent of such displays. Love the circus theme, and the white rabbit in the top hat is adorable. Well, they are all adorable. Putting this on my travel list. '-)

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    1. Oh! What a good find! I like the little houses they built at the arboretum! Unfortunately I don't know when I'll be in Dallas next but should I be there in the Fall I know where I am going!

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  2. Love it. Isn't the rabbit cute!!! What a fun trip!

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  3. Wow! What fun and how interesting!...Christine

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  4. Amazing! I'd love to see this for myself one of these days.

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