Ludwigslust, a cute little town located in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, north Germany, with a population of about 12,000.
It is a quiet and peaceful town, dominated by a huge 18th century Schloss (palace) and a vast beautiful park (150 hectares) surrounding the palace grounds. Known as the Schlosspark, the garden’s design and architecture is ala-Versailles style complete with canals, fountains and cascades. All these are made even more beautiful when they are all covered in a thick blanket of snow during winter (in my personal opinion).
Schweizerhaus, 24-fountains, the Monk, Louise’s Pond, the cascade, Steinerbrucke (The Stone Bridge), Louise’s Mausoleum. These are all part of the baroque Schlosspark’s attractions.
Frozen streams, frozen lakes, frozen ponds, frozen cascades…….
Other attractions in Ludwigslust town include the Stadtkirche (Municipal Church) Alexandrinenplatz, city hall, and the cute-now-defunct post office building.
But it is not really the attractions in this town that are attractive, it is the town itself. Just a simple relaxing walk in the Schlosspark and around the town centre itself, with all its cute red-brick little buildings with roofs blanketed in thick white snow; hearing the sweet crunching sound of the powdery snow under your boots as you bury your feet deep into it with every step you take. This simple act of plain strolling without a destination, without anywhere to rush to (except Kaffee und Kuchen 🙂 ), without any time limitation; it can inspire a truly wonderful feeling, especially during winter, preferably with light snowfall too. This could be an overwhelming feel of peace or gratitude or happiness or….? I’m not too sure exactly, i believe this feeling is indescribable by words and could only be empathized by someone who loves winter as much as i do.
Coming home at dusk, watching the orange sunset from the windows of your comfortably heated living room, then preparing and later enjoying a delicious dinner of home cooked hot local meal together with sparkling wine or beer or tea or Turkish coffee…. mmm…. the simple joys of life… undoubtedly… 🙂