After almost two months of closure, my home town's palace grounds finally opened the gates again for the public earlier this month. Until then, all we could do was admire the beautiful spring flowers from outside, when walking along the wall on my after work walks.
O.K. and I spent the weekend after our holiday at my place, and on the 16th of May, we finally went to the gardens.
Restrictions were and are still in place: No more than 2,000 visitors at any time are allowed; face masks have to be worn around the entrance/exit area, where it can be difficult to keep a distance; not all of the small shops and kiosks are open. But none of this was a problem for us. When we arrived on that Saturday, we were aware that we might not be allowed in, in case the max number of visitors was already reached. But our season tickets were checked and we were let through the gates.
In the park, there were visitors around; not too many to make it feel uncomfortably crowded, but not so few as to make it feel eerily empty, as in "I should not be here".
As you can see, the it was as beautiful as ever!
Ludwigsburg Palace is large and old - meaning it constantly needs work done. The closure of the grounds was also used to do some renovation on the facade:
We saw several of these beautiful flowering shrubs dotted around the gardens and didn't know its name until we found a sign attached to one of them:
This is about as crowded as it got:
For lunch, we decided to support the local economy and bought burgers (very delicious, but messy to eat when you can not sit at a table) from one of the food stalls.
We concluded the day with a cup of coffee on my sister's balcony and a visit at my parents' (all with the proper distance, of course); my parents had not known that we were coming, as it was a spur of the moment decision. All the better that O.K. was able to help with carrying something too heavy for either my parents or myself.
Another good day that felt a bit like a holiday once more, and now that I can go to the palace grounds again, I shall put my season's ticket to good use for at least some of my after work walks.