Today we woke up to overcast skies in Stuttgart and we decided to take advantage of the cool weather to go visit a local attraction: the Ludwigsburg Palace and Baroque Gardens. The town of Ludwigsburg is located about 15 km north of Stuttgart. It took us about 30 minutes to get there because of traffic, but we got there around 12:30 and found a parking spot and were standing at the gate of the palace around 1pm. The Ludwigsburg Palace dates back to the 18th century and was the primary residence for the Duke of W├╝rttemberg.

The palace is enormous and the gardens are absolutely beautiful. It took us about 3 hours to see everything, and we walked pretty fast because we want to leave some things to see when we come back with visitors!
Edit: Cooper wanted to try out his rolling on the hills at the small garden in Ludwugsburg... here's the video!

There are two main gardens and the rest of the grounds are well taken care of and manicured by what is likely hundreds of groundskeepers. We meandered through the gardens and took pictures of everything that caught our eye. When we reviewed our pictures once we got back to the hotel, we realized that none do the place justice! Trust us, it is beautiful and you will love it!!!

The path that leads you around the grounds goes through several different areas of the property. The kids area has several smaller areas that represent German children's folk tales. Some (that we didn't recognize) are sort of creepy... others were pretty cool.

Another area we found was an enclosed bird sanctuary. We walked through and happened to be there when they were draining the large pool where the flamingos hang out. It was funny to watch the flamingos slip on the bottom of the pond while it filled back up with water. Cooper thought that they had long legs like him... we always said he had chicken legs... maybe they are really flamingo legs!

The last place we visited was the main Baroque garden. It was enormous (probably about 4 city blocks) and intricately manicured down to the individual flowers. We walked the perimeter and checked out the main pool/fountain in the middle. You can see the gardens on Google Maps to see the size of this thing!! And of course, when the walking was over, there happened to be an ice cream vendor! We decided that Cooper did such a good job walking that he earned his own ice cream... and he was sooo happy!

The palace was something that we really didn't know much about, but now we have another amazing place to take our visitors. We will probably jut go back when we have some down time to spend more time there, it was just so cool and relaxing to walk around there! Well, that's about it for now!