|• Mayor||Reinhard Mach (Ind.)|
|• Total||78.30 km2 (30.23 sq mi)|
|Elevation||35 m (115 ft)|
|• Density||160/km2 (410/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
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, after his succession to the Dukedom, this became his favourite residence and he named it accordingly Ludwigslust ("Ludwig's pleasure/desire"). In 1765 Ludwigslust became the capital of the duchy in place of Schwerin. The town was enlarged by a residential palace (the castle). This situation continued 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. Its 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:
Sons and daughters of the town
- Frederick Louis, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1778–1819), Hereditary Prince of Mecklenburg, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, member of the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- Rudolph Suhrlandt (1781–1862), portrait painter and lithographer
- Duchess Charlotte Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1784–1840), duchess of Mecklenburg; Crown Princess of Denmark
- Franz Passow (1786–1833), classical philologist
- Ludwig von Lützow (politician) (1793–1872), Mecklenburg statesman and politician
- Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1800–1842), Grand Duke of Mecklenburg
- Franz Benque (1841–1921), photographer
- Ludwig Beissner (1843–1927), botanist
- Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1851–1897), Grand Duke of Mecklenburg in Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- Duke Paul Frederick of Mecklenburg (1852–1923), Duke of Mecklenburg, General of the Cavalry
- Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1854–1920), Grand Duchess of Russia
- Johannes Gillhoff (1861–1930), teacher, folklorist and writer (born in Glaisin)
- Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg (1912–1996), nobleman, head of the house Mecklenburg
- Annelies Burmeister (1928–1988), singer
- Manfred Osten (born 1938), author and cultural historian
- Bernd Spier (born 1944), crooner
- Christoph Biemann (born 1952), author, director and television supporter
- Helmut Holter (born 1953), politician (The Left), Member of Landtag (1994-2002 and since 2006)
- Birgit Jerschabek (born 1969), long-distance runner
- Bastian Reinhardt (born 1975), footballer
- "Bevölkerungsstand der Kreise, Ämter und Gemeinden in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 31.12.2015". Statistisches Amt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in German). July 2016.
- "Concentration Camp Listing". jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
- Staff (1967-02-23). "Verzeichnis der Konzentrationslager und ihrer Außenkommandos gemäß § 42 Abs. 2 BEG" (in German). Bundesministerium der Justiz. Archived from the original on 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
1591 Wöbbelin, Kreis Ludwigslust, Bez. Schwerin, 12.2.1945 bis 2.5.1945 Neuengamme
- 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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