Ettlingen Travel Guide

  • House in Ettlingen
    House in Ettlingen
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  • Ettlingen
    Ettlingen
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  • Ettlingen
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Ettlingen Things to Do

  • THE RIVER ALB

    The fast running River Alb runs through the centre of Ettlingen. If your walking around, then at some stage you will cross it either on a roadway or a covered bridge. One covered Bridge looked to have bird houses all the way along!On the bridge next to the town hall, I found the "Neptune Stone" on the town hall wall next to the bridge. The stone...

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  • FOUNTAINS IN ETTLINGEN

    The first Fountain I saw, was the Georgsbrunnen, built in 1494 as the guardian of the market place.It has some funny looking faces where the water spurts, and a small green Dragon standing underneath George.The second fountain looked quite new. It was a group of musicians playing their instruments, the water came out of the musical instrument.The...

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  • MEDIEVAL CASTLE

    We didn't have much luck with seeing the medieval Castle as it was being renovated, had scaffolding around it, and was closed!I can tell you it was built in the 13th century, parts were destroyed in 1689, then it was rebuilt. The only original piece is the 13th century medevial Keep. If it is open, the admission fee is only small to see the...

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  • RATHAUSTURM

    Next to the Rathaus, is the Rathaus town gate, know as the northern gate. Right up the top of the tower are 25 bells, 23 of which were donated by the Sparkasse Bank on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Bank in 1984. In addition, there are two other historical bells in the tower.Make sure you look for a very unusual war memorial on the...

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  • THE RATHAUS

    The Rathaus of Ettlingen is another building built out of red sandstone. It's a baroque building that was built in 1738. Situated on the busy marketplace, it has the Ettlingen coat of arms on the balcony, the coat of arms of Baden, St. George and the figure of Justice on the pediment crown. The original Rathaus was destroyed by fire in 1689.

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  • THE SACRED HEART CHURCH

    The Sacred Heart Church is a Catholic church in Ettlingen, right in the city center near the market square. The Church was built in 1906 and is the second oldest Catholic church in Ettlingen, after Martin's Church in the Old Town. It looked like red sandstone had been used in the building of this Church. The outside was quite nice and had a few...

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  • THE WATCH TOWER -LAUERTURM

    The 15th century Watch Tower is known as the symbol of Ettlingen. It is actually younger than the city of Ettlingen!The lookout tower is the last remaining tower of the northern city wall. Housed on the first floor is a museum with items from the rural working and living area around 1900. I also found this...

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  • ST. MARTIN'S CHURCH

    The Catholic St. Martin's Church, is one of the oldest buildings in the city. There is mention of it in 1360, when the Church was extended, then again in the 15th century, when St. Martin’s was made into a collegiate church. A chapter house and a larger sacristy were also built at the time. Between 1980/90 new paintings of biblical scenes over the...

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  • Don't stay in Karlsruhe - Stay in...

    As the title says, if I had a pic of places to stay, I would stay again in Ettlingen. Ettlingen is a small town south of Karlsruhe and we did not stay there long enough to experience all that it has to offer. Just view Katherin_E and tini58de's pages to learn more.My tip here is to let you know that the alternative option to staying in the big city...

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  • Georgsbrunnen

    You will find the fountain of Georg in front of the Rathaus (town hall). It dates back to 1494 and has recently been renovated. Knight Georg is the protector of the market and the water carriers. This fountain has been shifted here from its original location. The statue is not the original anymore as the original got too affected in its former...

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  • The Palace.

    Its construction was completed around 1600, but a Medieval castle existed in 13th century on that site. The French destroyed it (and also the town) in a war in 1689. After it was rebuilt between 1728-1732 as a Baroque palace. Today the Palace houses a museum of local art and crafts. We couldn't visit it, because it was closed to visitors for the...

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  • Schloss - the Palace

    The palace of the Margraves of Baden-Baden contains parts of a medieval castle. Three rectangular wings were built in the 16th and early 7th century. In the war of 1689 the French troups burnt down the town and the palace. The widowwed Margravine Sibylla Augusta had the palace restored and enlarged, she lived here from 1728-1733. In these years the...

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Ettlingen Hotels

  • Hotel Watthalden

    Am Watthalden Park, Pforzheimerstrasse 67A, Ettlingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, 76275, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Restaurant Erbprinz

    Being a small town Ettlingen does not have much to choose from in accommodation. I finally...

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  • Radisson Blu Hotel Karlsruhe

    Am Hardtwald 10, (formerly Radisson SAS), 76275 Ettlingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Ettlingen Restaurants

  • A Must Visit

    This restaurant has the best Pina Coladas in the world. Excellent service. We were even able to find someone who speaks English to help us with translation & ordering. The food was awesome, it was really hard to stop eating. It was a combo plate for two with a Torta, Enchillada, Burritoes, chips & salsa, beans & rice, & Fajitas wrap too. The Torta...

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  • Beautiful coffee House

    This beautiful coffee house is very close to the palace in Ettlingen, but, to be honest nowhere is far as the town itself is not huge. When we arrived on a cold November afternoon the place was absolutely packed but we managed to squeeze into a corner table. The Cakes on offer looked lovely but we only took coffee and teas. Service was good and...

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  • Erbprinz

    The "Erbprinz" Hotel was built more than 200 years ago and has the atmosphere of a traditional Grand Hotel with a special historical flair. The Erbprinz is VERY well known in the area, not only as a restaurant, but also as a hotel. We were invited to a wedding there and enjoyed a most delicious buffet with smoked fish, melon and ham, soup,...

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Ettlingen Transportation

  • Alb Valley Bike Trail

    Ettlingen can easily be reached by bicycle from Karlsruhe. A marked bike trail follows the Alb river through parks and fields. The pleasant ride takes, depending on your speed and fitness, about 30-45 minutes. This first part of the trail is entirely flat with the exception of the bridge across the railway near Karlsruhe station.The Alb valley...

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  • Tram S1 and S11

    Ettlingen is well connected to Karlsruhe's public transportation network. The tram lines S1 and S11 take you from both Karlsruhe's centre and train station to Ettlingen every 10 minutes. For the old town and the palace, get off at either "Ettlingen Erbprinz" or "Ettlingen Bahnhof" - I suggest "Erbprinz" because it is next to the palace and closer...

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  • By tram ie Stadtbahn

    Ettlingen lies in the next zone outside Karlsruhe. So you need a 3 zone ticket coming to Ettlingen. If you plan to return within 24 hours to Karlsruhe, then you best buy a cityticket 3 zones for 4.20 Euro for one person. You can buy it from the driver or the ticket machine in front of Karlsruhe main station or the ticket kiosk. It you travel with...

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Ettlingen Shopping

  • The 1 Euro Shop

    There is a large shop in Ettlingen called the 1 Euro shop. I never got a picture but I did buy a holdall to carry home all the extra things that I bought in Germany. You get what you pay for believe me. The bag cost 4 Euro and did not make it home! When it came off the conveyer belt at Stansted it had a big hole in the side of it. I must have...

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  • Leopoldstraße

    Leopoldstraße is the main pedestrian street in Ettlingen. You find all different sorts of shops in this street, bakeries, bookstores, butchers, travel agencies, hairdressers, jewelry shops and the like. It is fun to go window shopping here, so try it!

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  • The 1 Euro Shop

    This shop opened in summer 2006. Most of the items they sell only cost 1 €, so this is a fun shop to look around in! They have everything from shampoo to underwear to spices to pens, lighters, vases etc! Well, our VT gang spent quite a few Euros there and here is what they bought:Natalie bought a bag (since she had been shopping in Karlsruhe...

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Ettlingen Local Customs

  • MARKET DAY

    Arriving on a Saturday morning in Ettlingen, we found it was Market Day. We walked along the street, through the Town Hall Gate and into the market place where all the stalls were. Lots of fresh food for sale, plants & flowers and some other stuff as well.NO need to worry about cars either, as quite a few roads leading to the marketplatz are...

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  • Christmas Market

    Ettlingen's Christmas market is named Sternlesmarkt (little stars market). It opens on the Thursday before the first Advent Sunday (Nov 24 in 2011) and stays open beyond the Christmas holidays until Dec 28 (closed in the afternoon of Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day). The market takes place in the old and new market square, in front of the...

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  • Fastnacht: Are They Doing Their Laundry?

    It's carnival season again. Kronenstraße, the main street in the old town quarter north of the river, is decorated with the flags of the town's jester guilds - and pieces of laundry. But no, the neighbours aren't using the lines that hold the flags to dry their washing, although this might be a good idea... Decorating the streets with laundry...

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Ettlingen Warnings and Dangers

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    by yumyum Written Dec 24, 2006

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    In the old days Ettlingen often got flooded by the Alb river. All over town you can find signs stating these happenings like on Church Square near St. Martins.

    high water mark

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Ettlingen What to Pack

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    by nhcram Written Dec 28, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: I speak from experience that when travelling to Ettlingen in December take an extra bag to grab all those Christmas bargains.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: This is Germany in the winter please remember to dress appropriately. Warm socks are a must.

    Gabby and her warm socks.

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Ettlingen Off The Beaten Path

  • Zukunftswald 2000 - Forest of the...

    In 1998 a terrible storm "Lothar" hit this area and many of the woods in the Black Forest were devastated.The BUND (German Environmental Group) selected a couple of areas to do some replanting of trees and near Ettlingen is one of the sites. The "Zukunftswald 2000" is sponsored by people who each chaperoned - and planted - one tree.We did get one...

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  • Look Closely

    Here and there you can find little signs on the old houses pointing in the direction of the closest abbey or church. They are old signs usually with the word "hic" (Latin for "here") written next to it!

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  • Ettlingen

    Ettlingen actually is a little off the beaten path itself: although only 15 minutes south of Karlsruhe, not too many people find their way here. For a short relaxing sightseeing tour do consider this small town and I am sure you will enjoy it just as I do or our guests do!

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Ettlingen Favorites

  • The Lauer Tower.

    This tower was built in the second half of the 16th century.On its first floor there is an agricultural museum. It is open only on sundays from mid may to the end of september.

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  • Stroll around the Town

    Ettlingen is a 1000 years old town, where remarkable buildings give evidence of the town history from its Roman origins, over Middle Ages, the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque epochs up to the present. Ettlingen is well known for its palace and the festivals that take place here. Getting a private tour of the Ettlingen palace when Dave (shdw100)...

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  • Palace is a must

    The palace is a must see item for Ettlingen. Once you cross over into the courtyard, it feels like you have stepped back in time. The interesting thing about this palace is that the facade is painted on to make it look like it has pilars and stones! Great 3D illusion! Christine (tini58de) got us a personal mini-tour of the palace. She talked to...

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