Antiques street, wedding fair, horse show: there is a lot going on in Ludwigsburg at the weekend. And the big wheel makes its last turns. How does this affect traffic? Some fear the worst.
Looking ahead to the weekend ahead, the residents of Ludwigsburg may get excited – or panic. Anticipation because there is so much going on in the city, panic because an incredible number of cars looking for a parking space will cross the city. Matthias Knobloch, the city’s chief traffic planner, put it this way: “I’m hopeful the city can cope with this mass.”
Last chance for a panoramic view
One of the main attractions this weekend is the Ancient Mile in the Market Square. On Saturday and Sunday, exhibitors at 170 stands attract visitors with historic furniture, nostalgic toys, old books, paintings, jewelry and more. The exhibition of pumpkins in the Blooming Baroque is no less attractive. It’s been running for a while and will be a little longer (until December 4), but this weekend you can combine a visit with a ride on the world’s largest Ferris wheel. Because it makes its rounds on the Bärenwiese for the last time on Sunday.
Since February, more than 200,000 guests have booked a trip with a panoramic view from a height of up to 70 meters. Which wasn’t a problem as the Ferris wheel’s stay had been extended many times. But now it’s getting serious – and those who haven’t succeeded so far may want to take advantage of the last opportunity before the “City Star” travels to Bremen. A connection with a visit to the Pumpkin Show is of course not obligatory – and not at all necessary. A ride on the Ferris wheel is enjoyable even without an additional program. And there are plenty of other possible combinations.
Show organizers worried
The Monrepos horse show, for example; The Ludwigsburg International Dressage Festival will take place there until Sunday. Or with the car exhibition, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday with the residential palace as a backdrop. Or with the wedding fair, which is also held on Saturday and Sunday in the Forum am Schlosspark. Your organizer has already put his exhibitors in the mood for “traffic chaos” and urged them to come up very early in the morning to secure a parking space on the Bärenwiese opposite. “The available parking space will be far from sufficient,” warns Harald Kilgus, who organizes the fair, in a letter for the eventful weekend.
Lots of improvements planned
From the perspective of the chief traffic planner, that’s not entirely true. There are enough parking spaces in the city, says Matthias Knobloch. About 3500 in number. The problem is that people always go to the same ones: the underground parking lot of the town hall and Bärenwiese. “If everyone parks sensibly, events are easy to manage and everyone has fun,” Knobloch is convinced. And for the coming year, an improved parking guidance system and a VVS ticket integrated into the entry ticket for the Blüba – which will hopefully encourage people to use public transport.
This weekend, he has to work without her. We’ll see how it works. Or if traffic jams will become an additional event on weekends.