In the style of a medieval castle ruin, an artificial grotto was built in the Ludwigslust castle park in 1788. This still serves as a romantic backdrop on various occasions.
The artificial grotto in Ludwigslust Palace Park was built in 1788 according to plans by the court architect Johann Joachim Busch. The building material used was the grassy ironstone typical of the Griese region, whose porous structure emphasizes the decaying character of the masonry. For the court society, the grotto was a place of inner contemplation and gave this part of the park a sentimental touch, as it illustrated the transience of all earthly existence. However, the grotto did not only serve as a place of contemplation. It also had a very practical use as an ice cellar and later in the cultivation of mushrooms. Today, the artificial ruin is a popular picture motif and background for many wedding photos and atmospheric backdrop for open-air events.