The Fairy-Tale Teller
Right at the entrance to the Fairy-Tale Garden by the Lower East Garden, the wise old Fairy-Tale Teller awaits you with an open book of fairy stories in his hand, inviting you to step into the enchanting world of fairy tales. Get ready for great fun and games and daredevil adventures with the fairy-tale heroes.
The Giant of Ludwigsburg
Just inside the Fairy-Tale Garden gate, you will be welcomed by the Giant of Ludwigsburg, who can be recognised by his magnificent uniform. He once lived in the court of Ludwigsburg and protected the nobility. Now he will accompany you safely through the Fairy-Tale Garden.
The Water Lily King
Have you ever dreamt of ruling over a kingdom? Climb onto the majestic throne of the Water Lily King and become ruler of the land and its people for a moment. Let the magic of the water and the flowers whisk you off into another world.
By the enchanting water-mill, you can take a leisurely yet action-packed boat ride on the fairy-tale stream. Come and experience the stories of "Clever Else", "The Brave Little Tailor" and "Pinocchio", which can only be visited by boat.
Fairy-tale stream: Clever Else
The journey first takes you right through the house of Clever Else's parents where you can witness the girl's greatest fear. But the axe above the barrel is not nearly as dangerous as it appears.
Fairy-tale stream: The Brave Little Tailor
Next the boat will take you past the tailor's workshop where the Brave Little Tailor is hard at work. The daredevil hero allegedly killed seven single-handedly with one blow. What do you think?
Fairy-tale stream: Pinocchio
The highlight is the journey into the stomach of the Dogfish, where you can join in the adventures of the long-nosed wooden puppet. You are trapped inside the Dogfish's stomach with Pinocchio, Geppetto and the tuna fish, but Pinocchio will help you find your way out again.
You can't follow Snow White to the seven dwarves, but you can ask the enchanted mirror about her. Ask the most famous of all fairy-tale questions and see if you get an answer.
Luck for the little ones...
Try your luck at the tree gateway "Hier haben nur kleine Leute Glück" (only little ones will be lucky here) – but watch out! You will only pass through the gateway unscathed if you are small.
Hansel and Gretel
Are you feeling hungry too? The delicious gingerbread house will tempt you with its sweet delights, but as soon as you press down the latch of the garden gate, you'll be in for a nasty surprise...
Max and Moritz - Widow Bolte
Widow Bolte is roasting a couple of chickens in a pan and doesn't notice Max and Moritz fishing for them through the chimney. The widow blames her dog for stealing the roast chickens and beats it.
Max and Moritz - Tailor Böck
Max and Moritz saw through a bridge over the stream and tease the tailor by shouting insults at him. When Tailor Böck crosses the bridge to punish them, it falls in under his weight. He can warm himself by the fire in the tailor's shop.
Max and Moritz - Uncle Fritz
Max and Moritz secretly smuggle beetles into Uncle Fritz's bed – when he lies there, the beetles crawl about, tickling and annoying him.
Max and Moritz - Teacher Lämpel
While the village schoolteacher is away, Max and Moritz fill his long-stemmed meerschaum pipe with gunpowder. When Teacher Lämpel arrives home, he lights his pipe as usual...
Max and Moritz - Farmer Mecke
Farmer Mecke catches Max and Moritz cutting holes in sacks of grain and takes them to the mill where the two troublemakers meet a nasty end.
Max and Moritz - Master Bäcker
Max and Moritz climb down the chimney of the bakery to steal pretzels, but are caught and "baked" by the Master Baker.
The Brother and Sister
Flee with the Brother and Sister through the forest, but take care and stay well back if you reach a stream. Otherwise you might have to spend the rest of your life as an animal.
The beautiful miller's daughter
The proud miller was definitely exaggerating when he said his daughter could spin straw into gold. Can anyone help his beautiful daughter?
Visit the petting zoo and see how tame the pygmy goats are at first hand. Things will really get lively if there are any baby goats around. Come and be brave! Opposite the petting zoo, you can see the Goose Maiden with her charges.
Water play area
With its fountains and streams, the water play area is an ideal place to play. It is particularly refreshing on hot days. Why not give it a try? Children of all ages are welcome.
Just a few steps from the Activity House, you can hop on board the Fairy-Tale Express for an exciting ride and enjoy plenty of fun along the way. Sometimes it is even pulled by a real steam engine. All aboard!
Come and experience fairy tales in a different way at the Activity House, with amusing silhouette films. You are sure to be just as impressed by the traditional puppet theatre and other shows too...
Enjoy a lively swing in the half-timbered house of the Duke's Swing. The enchanted house will turn the world upside down. Be brave and take on the challenge. The Duke himself would have enjoyed the show.
1001 Nights - Ali Baba
Ali Baba earns his living as a woodcutter. With the help of the clever slave girl Morgiana, he overcomes a gang of forty thieves and takes their treasure. In his gratitude, he sets Morgiana free and gives her leave to marry his nephew.
1001 Nights - Aladdin and the magic Lamp
Aladdin is asked by a sorcerer to find an oil lamp in a magical cave. When the sorcerer tries to double-cross him, Aladdin keeps the lamp for himself. He discovers that a genie lives inside the lamp who has to grant the owner of the lamp his every wish.
1001 Nights - Sindbad the Sailor
In Baghdad in the Far East live two men: Sinbad the Porter and Sinbad the Sailor. One day, poor Sinbad the Porter comes to see the wealthy merchant Sinbad the Sailor. He offers him food and drink and tells him the tales of his seven voyages.
The Hen that Laid the Golden Eggs
Little Hannes lives near Ludwigsburg. He doesn't have much, but what he has he shares. A friendly neighbour gives him the gift of a hen. Hannes is pleased and makes it a nest with his favourite toys. When he goes to get his first egg for breakfast the next morning, he finds a golden egg in the nest instead...
Be happy for the little orphan girl who gives away her last piece of bread and her last shirt to the needy and is richly rewarded with star-money. You won't have to worry about her any more.
Little Red Riding Hood
Join little Red Riding Hood on her way to visit her sick grandmother with wine, cake and flowers. But take good care and ask yourself why her grandmother has such big eyes, ears, hands and a mouth. But don't worry: no-one is going to be eaten here.
Mother Hulda's realm will open up for you through the old well, as it once did for the industrious sister and the lazy sister, and you can experience the fairy tale in all its colours. Let the magic of the pictures draw you in and perhaps you too can enter the world of Mother Hulda.
The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids
Knock at the door of the Wolf and the Seven Young Kids' cottage and call out loudly "Open the door, my dear children". The little kids will run and hide because they think you are the big bad wolf. And if you rattle the door, they will hide too.
Snow-White and Rose-Red
Don't be scared when Snow-White and Rose-Red meet a wicked dwarf. They try to help him and, as a result, the giant bear turns back into a handsome prince.
The Musicians of Bremen
The gang of robbers forging sinister plans look rather scary, but luckily the four brave musicians are already waiting by the window to scare them off. Watch over the shoulders of the Musicians of Bremen as they join in the death-defying fight.
Rumpelstiltskin dances around the fire singing: "Today do I bake, tomorrow I brew, the day after that the queen's child comes in; And oh! I am glad that nobody knew that the name I am called is Rumpelstiltskin!" But he crows too soon: a soldier overhears him and learns his name.
Can you see the parrot in the middle of the park? Say or sing something to it when its eyes glow and it will repeat it back to you, word for word. But watch out: the parrot can only sing as well as the person singing to it!
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
The precious treasure of gold, silver and jewels is just waiting to be found. But you will only catch a glimpse of the legendary thieves' cave if you know the right code words. So have a good think!
The dovecote and aviary below Emichsburg castle is home to an interesting display, with plenty of flapping and cooing: watch real doves at work, helping Cinderella to pick out the lentils.
The Red Shoes
Come to the glass pavilion and witness a very special show. The red shoes are dancing endlessly to music. Would you be brave enough to put them on?
A woman longs for a child and asks an old witch to help her. The witch gives her a magic barleycorn to plant in a flower pot. It grows into a flower, and inside the flower is a little girl who is no bigger than a thumb and who is therefore called Thumbelina.
At the Anniversary Exhibition of the Fairy-Tale Garden, you can find out all kinds of interesting facts about the creation and evolution of the Fairy-Tale Garden in Ludwigsburg. But don't worry – the exhibition definitely won’t be boring. There is plenty to do and discover.
Goliath the Giant
Are you brave enough to knock at the mighty castle of Goliath the Giant? Pluck up all your courage and challenge the giant. It will be worth it for he has magnificent treasures hidden in his castle – which no-one has ever seen.
The Magic Piridge Pot
No-one need go hungry in the Fairy-Tale Garden. Just call out "Cook, little pot" and the plain little magic pot will start cooking. Unlike in the fairy tale, however, there is no danger that the Fairy-Tale Garden or Ludwigsburg will be submerged in porridge.
The Frog Prince
Will you manage to find your way to the centre of the big maze? The Frog Prince will reward you with his beautiful water display. But beware – if you get too close, he'll be ready to surprise you!
The Gold Dinkey
The golden donkey is one of the oldest and most popular animals in the Fairy-Tale Garden. Feed him properly and he will give you a golden coin filled with delicious chocolate.
Cudgel in the Sack
Do you know anyone who deserves a good beating? Or have you been naughty? You'd better watch out for the cudgel in the sack because it knows no mercy.
Can you hear a deep voice saying "Bitte Papier" (paper please)? It is the legendary paper dragon who is ravenous and works like a giant vacuum cleaner to keep the park clean and tidy. But take care when feeding him because he only likes paper.
The Wishing Table
Can you see the empty table? Just say "Little table, spread thyself!" and it will be covered with delicious food and the finest drinks as if by magic. Who wouldn't want a table like that?
Do you want to visit Rapunzel in her tower? Then call out loudly: "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair" and perhaps she will let down her long golden plait for you. But only real princes are allowed to enter the castle chamber.
Can you see Sleeping Beauty lying still and peacefully in her bed? The wicked fairy has put her into such a deep sleep that no knocking or calling will wake her. Only a prince will succeed in making his way to the tower and waking Sleeping Beauty with a kiss when 100 years have passed.
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Who has ruined all the beautiful shoes? Why are they so worn? In the half-light of the castle walls, you can find out the secret. But you will only find out the whole truth if you go right down into the depths.
Dare to plunge the depths of the castle and seek out Rübezahl, the powerful mountain spirit. Call him loudly and listen to the eerie reply: "You called me, here I am, you want gold and jewels, but you will not get them, hahahahahahaha!"
Musical toadstools in the Fairy-Tale Garden
Since the Fairy-Tale Garden opened in 1959, the circular route has been dotted with fairy-tale toadstools, some of which are musical. If you listen closely, you can hear musical-box melodies. The children back then loved the toadstools – perhaps you will spot one too
The children back then loved the toadstools – perhaps you will spot one too. Silhouette art by Elisabeth Emmler
When you visit the Fairy-Tale Garden, you will see large silhouettes by Elisabeth Emmler, "world champion silhouette artist", everywhere. The originals are only a few centimetres tall – but for the Ludwigsburg Fairy-Tale Garden, two-metre-high versions were produced, making for an impressive display of the fine art of silhouette cutting. Silhouette cutting was and remains a unique art form. The most remarkable fact, especially where fairy-tale scenes such as The Princess and the Pea are concerned, is that the silhouettes are cut from one piece of paper and not several pieces glued together. Come with us on a journey through the Fairy-Tale Garden, in keeping with Elisabeth Emmler's philosophy: "If you have fairy tales, then the world is full of wonder."
Feed the Paper Dragon
The Fairy-Tale Garden at Ludwigsburg's Baroque in Bloom is home to a colourful paper dragon who is always hungry for paper. He calls out "Bitte Papier" (paper please) the whole day long. He is a real glutton because he always wants more paper, even if he has already been fed by a lot of children. Feed him a decent portion of paper and he will thank you politely.
If you have some paper or old newspapers at home, bring them along to the Fairy-Tale Garden and feed them to the dragon.
But he only likes paper and not anything else – otherwise he will get a bad stomach. And just like you, he likes his portions bite-sized – so please only give him a little at a time and not a whole page of newspaper at once. You don't eat a whole steak in one mouthful either!
An acoustic taste of the fairytale garden ...
Get a foretaste of visiting the fairytale garden - just click on the small pictures below and you will hear a part of the fairytale scene.