Ludwigslust is a country town of about 12,500 inhabitants located 35 km
south of the State Capital Schwerin. The name means 'Ludwigs Pleasure'
as it was originally the site of Grand Duke Christian Lugwig's hunting
lodge but later became, for a time, the seat of the Ducal Court and the
present Schloss was built. It is a planned, Baroque town with some very
distinctive architecture. When furniture and decor manufactured from
papier Mache was the height of fashion the factory in Ludwigslust
was considered to be one of the leading exponents of the art.
The main attractions are the Schloss, which houses many fine examples
of the art of Papier Mache; the very unusual Town Church; the wide Main
Street with its symmetrically placed buildings and the extensive Schloss
Park. The Park and parts of the Schloss are open to the public.
Ludwigslust has an important connection with the US military as the
82nd Airborne Division occupied the town in WWll and it was here in the
Schloss that Major General James Gavin accepted the surrender of the
German 21st Army, around 150,000 men; a record number in US
At nearby Wobbelin the 82nd discovered a concentration camp with
over 3000 abandoned prisoners, 1000 of whom were dead or
dying and on the orders of M/G Gavin a representative 200 of the dead
were buried in Ludwigslust, between the Schloss and the Church,
the graves being dug by prominent local townspeople and all the
inhabitants of the town ordered to attend the funeral.
The area is now a memorial, thanks to the efforts of 82nd Veterans.
Unfortunately the new train schedules make combining Schwerin and Ludwigslust in one day a bit difficult. However it is a nice coimbination if you are renting a car.
'Walking tours around the town, the Schloss, the Church and the Park are available in English
For more information please contact [email protected]
How to get there from Warnemünde
Take the S-bahn to Rostock Hbf.
Changing trains in Rostock.
Take the stairs 1 flight down to the main concourse. The electronic
departure boards are on the walls on each side. The departure time and
track will be indicated. Take the appropriately numbered elevator or set
of stairs. The platforms are clearly numbered and there are electronic
indicator boards showing the departure time, destination and
intermediate stops of the next train on each.
NB the s-bahn occasionally arrives on platform 6 in which case you
simply cross the platform
The train you require is the RE to Hamburg, via Schwerin.
RE trains on which the Länder ticket is valid:-
Depart Rostock Hbf. 9:07 11:07 13:07
Arrive Schwerin Hbf. 10:03 12:03 15:03
The train to Ludwigslust (destination Cottbus) departs every hour, on the hour , from the same platform.