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Pyramid at Marketplace. Stadt Karlsruhe/MMG
Pyramid at Marketplace. Stadt Karlsruhe/MMG
Kaiserstraße Inner City West. Stadt Karlsruhe
Kaiserstraße Inner City West. Stadt Karlsruhe
Bundesgerichtshof. Stadt Karlsruhe, ONUK
Bundesgerichtshof. Stadt Karlsruhe, ONUK
Art Gallery at Museumsplatz. Stadt Karlsruhe
Art Gallery at Museumsplatz. Stadt Karlsruhe
ZMK Building. Photo ONUK, Stadt Karlsrhue
ZMK Building. Photo ONUK, Stadt Karlsrhue
Schloss Gottesaue. ONUK, Stadt Karlsruhe
Schloss Gottesaue. ONUK, Stadt Karlsruhe
Seat of Attorney General Karlsrhue, ONUK
Seat of Attorney General Karlsrhue, ONUK
Aeiral view of Karlsruhe Theatre. Photo ONUK
Aeiral view of Karlsruhe Theatre. Photo ONUK

Karlsruhe Information

Karlsruhe is a city located on the Rhine River in the German state of Baden-Wüttemberg. The city was founded by Charles III William (aka Karl) the Margrave of Baden-Durlach in 1715, where he built his grand residence, Karlsruhe Palace which still stands today and is the city’s best icon. In Marktplatz is a stone pyramid that marks the grave of Karl in honour of him founding the city.

Karlsruhe is nicknamed by Germans as Fächerstadt “Fan City” as when Karl started the city he built his palace grounds in a massive central circle with the streets nearby running towards the castle like radial spokes. Tours of the palace are extremely popular with tourists, not only for the beauty and grandeur inside the castle but also for the magnificent botanical gardens that surround the grounds and contain some very exotic flowers.

Next to the Karlsruhe Castle lies the Staatliche Kunsthalle (State Art Gallery). The gallery holds a prolific collection of around three and a half thousand artworks from the Baden nobility, the margravines and margraves.

Another historic place not to miss seeing is Turmberg (Tower Hill) in the borough of Durlach in Karlsruhe. To get there one needs to take the funicular railway up the hill where you will find 13th century old castle ruins, which also provide spectacular views over the city.

If you still crave seeing more history and architecture then a visit to see Schloss Gottesau is well worth the effort. Built in 1094 as a monastery it is today the residence of the University of music Karlsruhe. To see some modern architecture a great building is the ZKM building at night.

For entertainment the Badisches Staatstheatre (Karlsruhe theatre and opera house) is a great night out with theatrical performances, ballet and opera being played in a magnificent architecturally designed building.

For a great event the Das Fest “The Festival” is held every year in July and the three day open air festival is well worth planning your holiday itinerary for.

For more holiday information on Karlsruhe you may also want to visit the official government website Stadt Karlsruhe.

Christmas Time outside Naturkundemuseum. Photo ONUK, Stadt Karlsruhe
Christmas Time outside Naturkundemuseum. Photo ONUK, Stadt Karlsruhe
Aerial view over the Karlsruhe Castle. Photo ONUK, Stadt Karlsrhue
Aerial view over the Karlsruhe Castle. Photo ONUK, Stadt Karlsruhe