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Am Stadtgarten 5, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg, 76137, Germany
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transportation for day trips

by camdeann

I have been looking at possible day trips for 3-4 days we will be spending in Karlruhe at the beginning of July. One of the spots I'm interested in is Basel, Switzerland. Wondering what would be the easiest way to get there and if this is possible for a day trip? We also need housing for 2 of us for 4 nights. Any suggestions? Thanks

Re: transportation for day trips

by leics

Look at the German railway website in English:

Karlseuhe to Basel takes from around 2 hours, so it is perfectly feasible for a daytrip.

There was a big VT meeting in Karlsruhe last year, so have a look at the VT reviews for hotels (100+ members attended so we used many of them).

I really enjoyed the Hotel Blankenburg:

Re: transportation for day trips

by camdeann

Thanks for the info - that gives me some ideas.

Travel Tips for Karlsruhe

Some history

by toonsarah

I thought like me you might like to read a little of the history of Karlsruhe, especially as its history and its unusual layout are so intertwined.

The city takes its name from Margrave Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach. Karl Wilhelm built a retreat here in what was then forest – this retreat was to become the Schloss and the forest, Karlsruhe. The name of the city means in fact, Karl’s Rest, because it was indeed his place of rest and relaxation. At that time the name “Karl” was spelt with a “C” as can be seen on the monument in my photo (taken at the junction of Erbprinzenstraße and Karl Friedrichstraße).

Karlsruhe became the capital of Baden-Durlach from 1715, following a dispute between Karl Wilhelm and the citizens of his previous capital, Durlach, and remained so until 1771, and thereafter was the capital of Baden until 1945.

The city was planned with the tower of the palace (Schloss) at the centre and 32 streets radiating out from it like spokes on a wheel, or ribs on a folding fan – the German nickname for Karlsruhe is Fächerstadt or "fan city". Almost all of these streets survive today.

The city centre is the oldest part of town and lies south of the palace in the quadrant defined by nine of the streets. The central part of the palace runs east-west, and there are two wings of the palace, each at a 45° angle to the centre, so that they point south-east and south-west, i.e. parallel with streets at the ends of the quadrant defining the city centre.

Some famous people associated with Karlsruhe:
~ It is the birthplace of Karl Benz (1844–1929), inventor of the automobile and founder of Benz & Co.
~ In the late 1880s, Professor Heinrich Rudolf Hertz discovered electromagnetic waves at the University of Karlsruhe
~ Reinhold Frank, a German lawyer who worked for the resistance in Nazi Germany, ran a law practice in Karlsruhe.
~ Oliver Kahn, goalkeeper of Bayern Munich and former goalkeeper of the German national football team was also in the city in 1969
~ VirtualTourist was invented when J.R. Johnson met Tilman Reissfelder at a symposium at Karlsruhe’s Technical University.

Karl's Palace

by shdw100

The palace is definately the thing to see here. It is different than most palaces, more colorful and "homelike". The gardens surrounding the palace are absolutely wonderful, many trees and I would imagine flowers in the spring time. I have been informed by a very reliable source that during the summer, the place is great to enjoy a picnic and catch the many festivals that happen here. The palace also has a museum, which at the time was showing antiquities for King Tut. Having the insiders VT tour with Christine and all her knowledge and expertise was awesome!!


by DAO

You knew it was going to happen. It happened last year. It happened the year before. Claus fell asleep in the bar. Other people would describe this as passing out from over-intoxication. Not Claus. Any bets on next year?


by Maurizioago

Once this beautiful building was a cafe-restaurant, bar and a favourite venue for VTers. Last may when I visited Karlsruhe it was closed down. Now It has been recently reopened as a restaurant.

The Krokodil is located in Waldstrasse, 63; not far from Marktplatz.

Karlsruhe Tourism

by nepalgoods

The tourist information of Karlsruhe is a very helpful office. They provide you with a lot of broschures about Karlsruhe and help you finding a nice hotel. They were extremely helpful at the Karlsruhe Euromeet 2008 and gave us lots of informations. Thanks to the ABC-Squad everything was distributed to the participants. Great! Thank you!


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