We wanted to go and do something on Saturday but it couldn't be too far a drive. And it had to be something the kids would be interested in as well. So we chose Schloss Ludwigsburg. It should have been about a 30 minute drive but I managed to mess up the GPS directions and then parking was, um, interesting until we found a parking garage about a block from the palace.
Kinderreich, or Children's Realm. For 2 hours, children (of all ages!) could dress up and get a taste of what life in the palace might have been like. It all began in the ulitmate dress-up
Afterward, the families were given a tour of the king's and queen's chambers of the palace. Due to the fact that all of this took a little over 3 hours, we made a huge tactical error in not feeding everyone before-hand. As soon as the tour was over, we made a bee-line for the food stalls! There we found bratwurst in brochen and Big Sis found heaven in meat on a stick. While we ate, we watched a sword fight between some Musketeers and villains followed by various little girls performing on the stage. By the time we were done eating and ready to explore the gardens, there was a pirate act performing.
Then it was time to explore the Marchengarten, or Fairy Tale Garden. The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, the Magic Mirror from Snow White, Ali Baba, and more were to be found here. And of course, as you can see by this picture, one had only to shout, "Rapunzel, Rapunzel,... Let down your hair!" and down came the tresses from this tower that overlooked a baroque garden.
We spent almost 7 hours at the palace and in its garden and I'm sure we didn't come close to seeing it all. Even though I know we'll be living here for the foreseeable future, I can't help feeling that there's so much to see and do and so little time!