City of Karlsruhe (Baden-Württemberg)

The city of Karlsruhe is included to the state Baden-Württemberg and to the county Karlsruhe

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A creative city full of life, despite everything ...

This German city located only 15 kilometers from the border with France, between the Black Forest, the Vosges and the Palatinate Forest of the Rhine Valley is a technological and scientific center, seat of the most important courts in Germany. Perhaps this is why it has a reputation for being full of officials, but without a doubt they are words that fall under their own weight when you enjoy a couple of days in the city. Thanks to the intellectual environment has always been a very open city and that is why it is full of art, culture and life. Walking its streets can be a pleasure. Its climate, mild in winter, makes life sprout between bars, coffee shops, squares and markets. With an infinity of museums and places of interest to visit, you will surely enjoy your holidays in Karlsruhe.

Points of interests / things to see

Palace of Karlsruhe

The name of the city means "Karl's Castle" and comes through this Palace that Charles William of Baden - Durlach decided to erect on June 17, 1715. At first it was raised as a pleasure palace but over time this gave place to the whole city. In fact, it is the center of the 32 radial roads of Karlsruhe and from the castle tower you can see the symmetry of the city plan. The Palace served for 200 years as the residence and seat of the Marquis and the Grand Dukes of Baden. Its current Baroque appearance is due to the reforms that took place in the second half of the 18th century. Since 1921, the castle has been the seat of the Badische Landesmuseum, one of the most active historical and cultural museums in Germany, with collections ranging from prehistory to the present. It is important to know, if you want to visit the museum, that every Friday between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. the entrance to the exhibitions in which you have to pay are free. Address: Castle district, 10. 76131 Karlsruhe â € "Downtown West Telephone: +49 (0) 721 926 6514

The city museums

Those who love culture and the arts will have a lot to enjoy in this wonderful city. The open minds and intellectual atmosphere of Karlsruhe have made the most varied museums proliferate throughout the city. You can choose from those that offer you only one type of art, some with various styles, those that offer history of places and those that show science to the population. For example the Badische Landesmuseum is a great cultural and historical museum, with collections of international importance and shows ancient history and prehistory. We also find the ZKM, a Center for Art and Media Technology where we can get used to the idea of ​​the rapid evolution of information technology and its social impact. On the other hand the Staatliche Kunsthalle presents us the legacy of the city for several centuries and mediates between the past, the present and the future of this city. To name a few more we also have The Natural History Museum which is an experience for the youngest, with its nursery of plants and their native and exotic animals. More information:

Botanical Garden of Karlsruhe

Considered as the green oasis of the center of the city, we can find the Botanical Garden on the edge of the castle garden. It was created in the eighteenth century and at one time had more than 40,000 species from all over the planet. Currently there are more than 20 species from all corners of the world, which encompass the most remarkable species of all continents. In addition there are greenhouses with tropical plants where an ideal wet environment has been created for these species. Through the grounds of the Botanical Garden you will find fountains, sculptures and even a cafeteria with an outdoor area. From spring to autumn you can enjoy this magnificent place in Karlsruhe, so special, that many couples choose it as the background of one of the most important photos of their relationship: their wedding. However, if you have chosen your holiday days in Karlsruhe in winter do not hesitate to go also to the Botanical Garden as a walk through the greenhouses with its roots and exotic plants is well worth a visit. Address: Hans-Thoma Str. 6. 76133, Karlsruhe â € "Downtown Telephone: +49 (0) 721 926 30 08 Email: Website: www.

The temple of culture

Located in a former brewery this building is considered one of the most unique in the city. In 1984 it became an independent place with socio-cultural activities with the support of the Cultural Association the Temple, which is the one who currently runs the entire center. Actually this place, more than a place of events, is a breeding ground for new ideas and artistic proposals. Here is to practice all kinds of art before taking the big leap to a stage with more popularity. In addition, it is an ideal place for the young people of the district and the associations of the place because here they can develop their social as well as artistic commitments. However, it is not only art that moves this space, but also the social and cultural commitment that serves as a demand for joint action by the entire neighborhood and the whole society. In the Temple, new social or cultural proposals are proposed, they are given form and attempts are made to carry them out as long as there is commitment on the part of the citizens. A fantastic place to visit. Address: Hardtstrasse 37 a, 76185 Karlsruhe Tel: +49 (0) 721 55 41 74 Email: Website:

Mountain tower with funicular

This tower located 256 meters high is in the middle of the Black Forest. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations and you can get here in a variety of ways. On the one hand we have the mountain railway that offers a magical experience since 1888. It is the oldest operating funicular in Germany. On the other hand, you can also get here by a staircase that reaches the mountain. The effort will be worth it since the views are spectacular. With a panoramic view of the Rhine Valley and the cities of Durlach and Karlsruhe. But not only the views invite you to make this visit, there are also some very beautiful trails that can be covered and a large playground that was ready as early as 2010. Decide to spend one of the days more entertaining your holidays, in contact with nature, with spectacular views and if you feel like doing a little sport. Address: Reichardt Road 22. 76227 Karlsruhe â € "Durlach Tel: +49 (0) 721 372 053 84 More information at:

The road to democracy

Karlsruhe is a very important point for German democracy. In this city are the most important courts of Germany. For a decade there has been a so-called "democracy road" in this area, where we will discover some key cities for democracy in this country, including Karlsruhe, in which the constitution of 1818 was approved in addition to the courts. But also others like Lörrach or Frankfurt that besides history give us exciting events like the scenes of the revolution of 1848 and 1849.

The first automobile route in history

In this city was born Carls Benz, the creator of the car, although the unusual thing about his story is that nobody wanted to buy his invention. It was not until Bertha Benz in 1888 made the first drive that people began to take an interest in this revolutionary contraption. You can follow the steps of the first trip that this woman made from Manheim to Pforzheim and vice versa. The Bertha Benz memorial route runs through Grötzingen, a district of the city of Karlsruhe and one of the most beautiful tourist regions in Germany, so take the opportunity and go through history!

Travel through the land of wines

The Baden Wines road is a route designed over 200 kilometers, fully designed for the visitor to visit the wine regions of the region. Visiting the peculiar towns that form it, the medieval towns and the vineyards. Drivers will enjoy the scenery offered by the winding roads with the vineyards in the background. They can also go to a wine festival that the winegrowers celebrate throughout the year. If that was not enough, in 2014 the 60th anniversary of this route will be celebrated, which will be full of attractions.

The asparagus route through Baden

Asparagus is a very coveted product throughout the country and this is why there is a route of about 136 kilometers that runs through the north of the region of Baden, which is where this vegetable grows mainly. These are trails, mostly flat, that can be traveled perfectly by bicycle and with the family. Not only will you be delighted with the landscapes of the asparagus plantations, but you will also enjoy castles, museums, gardens, lakes, water parks and much more for breaks between stages.

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Surrounding towns

  • Bruchsal ~19 km
  • Rastatt ~22 km
  • Karlsbad ~13 km
  • Wörth am Rhein ~12 km
  • Stutensee ~8 km
  • Waldbronn ~10 km
  • Durmersheim ~12 km
  • Remchingen ~14 km
  • Karlsdorf-Neuthard ~17 km
  • Kandel ~17 km

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How to get there and move around the city

To move around the city it is best to use public transport or bicycle. Public transport: in the city of Karlsruhe, public transport consists of 8 metro or tram lines that take you to any point in the city. In the outskirts the transport with buses is completed. More information about metro stations: Railway: this city is an important nucleus with respect to the trajectory of trains. This is, in part, because the railway line of the Rhine valley runs from Fráncfort del Meno to Basilea. There is direct connection to the most important cities in Germany. And the French high-speed train, the TGV, goes through Strasbourg in 40 minutes and arrives in Paris in less than 3 hours. It also connects with Marseille. More information:, or on the French trains page Airport: the closest to the city is the Karksruhe airport ⠀ "Baden Baden, located southwest of the city. In this airport, several companies operate: Ryanair, Air Berlin, Tunisair, Germanaia, SunExpress, etc. For more information, visit:

Karlsruhe city hall

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Stadt Karlsruhe
Karl-Friedrich-Straße 10, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany
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