|• Mayor||Petra Billerbeck (Ind.)|
|• Total||78.30 km2 (30.23 sq mi)|
|Elevation||35 m (115 ft)|
|• Density||150/km2 (400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Ludwigslust (German pronunciation: [luːtvɪçsˈlʊst]) is a central castle town of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, 40 km south of Schwerin. Up to September 2011 it was the capital of the former district of Ludwigslust, a major part of the district Ludwigslust-Parchim.
In 1724 Prince Ludwig, the son of Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, decided to build a hunting lodge near a small hamlet called Klenow. Later on, when he get the reign, he loved mostly to stay at this residence and called it Ludwigslust ("Ludwig's lust"). In 1765 Ludwigslust became the capital of the duchy instead of Schwerin. The town was enlarged by a residential palace (the castle). This situation lasted until 1837, when Grand Duke Paul Friedrich returned the capital status to Schwerin.
The Wöbbelin concentration camp—sometimes referred to as Ludwigslust concentration camp—was established by the SS near the city of Ludwigslust in 1945. At the end of World War II, as the Line of contact between Soviet and other Allied forces formed, Ludwigslust was captured by British troops initially, then handed over to American troops. After several months the US troops departed and allowed Soviet troops to enter per the Yalta agreement designating the occupation of Mecklenburg to be administered by the Soviets.
- Schloss Ludwigslust, a Baroque residential palace built in 1772-1776, after plans by Johann Joachim Busch. It is called as the "Little Versailles of Mecklenburg". The palace is located in the middle of the palace garden (Schlosspark), a vast park (120 ha.), created in English style, with canals, fountains and artificial cascades.
- The Stadtkirche (Municipal- / City-Church), built in 1765-1770 in Neoclassical style with Baroque sway. It's classical design, with a portico resting on six doric columns, gives the church an appearance similar to a Greek temple.
Twin towns — sister cities
Ludwigslust is twinned with:
- "Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 31.12.2012". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). 14 August 2013.
- "Concentration Camp Listing". jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- Staff (1967-02-23). Verzeichnis der Konzentrationslager und ihrer Außenkommandos gemäß § 42 Abs. 2 BEG. Bundesministerium der Justiz. Retrieved 2008-10-12. "1591 Wöbbelin, Kreis Ludwigslust, Bez. Schwerin, 12.2.1945 bis 2.5.1945 Neuengamme" (German)
- official site (town)
- official site (county)
- The Embracing Forest An American visits Ludwigslust and vicinity in 2005 and finds more history than he expected.
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