Karlsruhe Travel Guide

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Karlsruhe Highlights

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     Lively city with the best climate in Germany 

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     A modern city lacking some of the character of older cities 

  • In a nutshell
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     Sometimes Karlsruhe seems more like a Village than a City. 

Karlsruhe Things to Do

  • Marktplatz

    You will see The Karlsruhe Pyramid in the centre of the market square.This is a pyramid made of red sandstone. It was erected in the years 1823–1825 over the vault of the city's founder, Margrave Charles III William (1679–1738). You will also see the Stadtinformation im Weinbrennerhaus - a tourist information office at the Marktplatz. Monday -...

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  • Weihnachtsmarkt

    After the market in Bretten, we headed to the medieval market in Durlach and this one was a real treat. They sold the usual hot drinks and snacks and they had a live band and people dressed and speaking German the way they did during the medieval times. We found some (to us) unusual things like these potato snacks that are unrolled on a stick and...

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  • City Garden and Zoo

    Conveniently located opposite the train station, just across the square, the zoo is easy to reach. Karlsruhe's zoo is not one of the big famous ones in this country but still nice to see, especially with kids. Some animals have already got modern and roomy homes - the polar bears are the zoo's pride - while some others still inhabit smaller and...

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Karlsruhe Restaurants

  • Lehner's Wirtshaus

    Lehner's Wirthaus is the Karlsruhe branch of more Lehner's; the other branches are at, Bielefeld, Hannover, Heilbronn München, Pforzheim and Rastatt. The Wirthaus is located at a triangle shaped square with its own terrace. The inside is like a grand café with a high ceiling and basement facilities. The place is great for just a drink or a drink...

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  • Cafe Wien

    This fits both the restaurant and nightlife catagories. It is a very well run and presented place to get a late dinner and enjoy some dancing or drinks afterwards as well. They even do a brunch on Sunday's opening at 10am. Other days they open at 5pm or 7 on Saturday.

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  • Badisch Brauhaus

    I would like to apologize to the VT folks who live in Karlsruhe but I didn’t find the city that interesting, except for their art museum (Staatliche Kunsthalle) which contains some paintings from some well-known artists (“well-known” means that I even know who they are). The palace looked rundown and since the city was founded in 1715 there was a...

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Karlsruhe Nightlife

  • PANAMA CLUB

    Come here looking for pictures of drunk VT’ers? You won’t find one of me. Anyway, the Panama Club advertises that it offers ‘Clubbing on a higher level’. Actually it’s a dark basement with very little furniture and a fake smoke machine that never seems to shut off – hence the cloudy pictures. Drinks are expensive, but there is a way around that....

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  • Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe

    Karlsruhe's theater may not be one of the big famous opera houses but it's not bad either! Advantage: tickets are affordable. The theatre building at Ettlinger Tor contains two theatres, "Großes Haus" which shows opera, ballet and drama, plus the orchestra's classical concerts one a month, and "Kleines Haus" which shows mostly modern plays that...

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  • Multikulti

    This place is really popular. It's a bistro-restaurant in hispanic style. At lunchtime you can get an affordable meal here and in the evening sit here and enjoy a drink or some of the food form their grill. During summertime you can also sit outside with a view at the palace. see the location on a map Casual

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Karlsruhe Transportation

  • Hauptbahnhof - the main train station

    The Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station), designed by August Stürzenacker, dates from 1913. It was build one kilometer South of the previous station, which was located at the Ettlinger Tor. Station information from the Deutsche Bahn. In front of the station you can take one of the following trams: -2 Siemensallee - Wolfartsweier Nord -3...

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  • Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund - KVV

    Karlsruhe's townscape would not be complete without the yellow trams. They take you (almost) everywhere in town and its surroundings. There is no better way of getting around. Trams travel every 10 minutes in the daytime, every 20 minutes in the evening and on weekends. Some main routes operate all night long on weekends. Karlsruhe's public...

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  • Baden-Airport

    Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from the North of England to Karlsruhe, so I had to catch a train from Sheffield to London Paddington (which was on time, but 20 minutes into the journey, hit a problem with signals, which meant I was late arriving into London), then schlep it to Underground, to catch tube to Baker Street, for the Easybus...

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Karlsruhe Shopping

  • Ettlinger Tor Shopping Center

    If it is cold or rainy and you don't fancy walking along the main shopping drag, then you could visit the very new shopping center Ettlinger Tor. This big shopping center has several levels with a good selection of shops and some places for refreshments.We came here in December 2010 and December 2011 for shopping again and a piece of pizza from La...

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  • This is for the child that's in you...

    This small shop is full of items. Most of these are stuffed toy animals of every sizes. As I've said; at Zoo Shop there is a large selection of stuffed toy animals. Moreover you can find t-shirts, umbrellas, wooden statues and more. ...

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  • Chocolates, coffee, tea and more.

    This is a small shop where you can find a good choice of chocolates, coffee and teas. I bought a mug full of bonbons and a bag with herbal tea. At Eilles they sell both expensive items and cheap ones.

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Karlsruhe Local Customs

  • GRÖTZINGEN: Kulturmeile

    Grötzingen's annual festival is more than the usual ones which foreign tourists tend to call "ber fests". Grötzingen has cultivated its reputation as an artisits' village since the painters' colony settled there in the late 19th century. There are still lots of artists living and working in the village. The village's festival is entitled the "Mile...

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  • Merry Christmas

    Christmas in Germany is usually celebrated on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day.We put a Christmas tree up, decorate it (and I like REAL candles so much better) and have a wonderful family reunion and exchange presents and eat and sit together!It is a wonderful celebration!

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  • Schrebergärten

    All over Germany you might notice these areas with gardens and little shacks all over. And you might wonder, if these are the slums of the city - but in the contrary:these are Schrebergärten, external gardening spots for all those people, who have a flat without a garden to it. They rent a piece of Schrebergarten and spend every free minute in...

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Karlsruhe Warnings and Dangers

  • Project against sexual abuse of children

    Actually this is not a particular warning for Karlsruhe, but rather a project, that I would like to bring to your attention:there is this organisation called "Hänsel und Gretel" based here in Karlsruhe, but working all over Germany. It is an organization against sexual abuse of children and youth.In 2003 they had the world's biggest outdoor...

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  • Strict park regulations

    Be aware of the tow away danger !Respect the local regulations when you park... German removal car procedures are quick and efficient ;-)

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  • Mind the Tram!

    In London it was Mind the Gap, here in Karlsruhe it is Mind the Tram!The local tram network is so extensive and dense that at peaks hours in the city centre you should pay attention when crossing the street.So keep in mind that one tram may hide another, be safe.

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Karlsruhe Tourist Traps

  • LOSING MONEY ON FOAM

    All beer glasses and steins have marks on them to ensure you get the beer you paid for – not just lots of foam. The mark is low enough so that the foam should not interfere with your purchase and legal rights. Then you go to a busy bar where the bartenders are very busy and not in the best mood. That’s where the trouble begins. They fill way too...

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  • Karlsruhe's Carnival Parades

    Two big parades take place during carnival: one in Durlach on Sunday (2 p.m.) and one in Karlsruhe Centre on Tuesday (2 p.m.) The one in Karlsruhe is said to attract 250,000 visitors. I wonder why. It is, sorry to say this, about the most boring parade I have ever seen. Since there are no railings along most of the route and people push to get at...

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  • A couple of tourist traps.

    I think the only tourist traps in Karlsruhe are the Botanical Garden and the Zoo.The first is an ordinary garden with some flowers and plants here and there and a greenhouse. The zoo has lots of animals living inside too small cages or areas. Inside the Botanical Garden there is a restaurant. VTer tini58.de (Christine) recommended it on her...

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Karlsruhe What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Karlsruhe is a 'normal' European city, so everything from casual to fancy is fine.... Don't forget to pack some light clothes, because it is comparatively warm here in summer!!!

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  • What to pack for a big VT meeting

    Take whatever sort of bag you prefer to use, but make sure there is a little spare capacity, as you will have some extra things to bring home. We were given various VT goodies, such as a t-shirt, cap and the brand new super flip-flops! VT friends may also be kind enough to bring you a memento of their home country or of themselves :) So thank you...

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  • POSTCARDS MADE EASY !

    I can remember sitting on a beach in Paradise on the last day of my travels writing out loads and loads (over 25) postcards and hating it. I had to look in the address book and write all the addresses before I got started on the content. Then it hit me! Print labels ahead of time! No need for an address book at all or to write loads of addresses...

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Karlsruhe Off The Beaten Path

  • Birthplace of Carl Benz, and His Car...

    Carl Benz was born on November 25, 1844 in Mühlburg, now a Western suburb of Karlsruhe. The exact location of his birth had long been unknown but recent research shed light on the secret. Benz was born in the in named "Stadt Karlsruhe" in Rheinstraße 22 where his mother, Josephine Vaillant, was working as a servant. Later she married the locomotive...

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  • Go to the lakes alongside the Rhine

    Not many people know about it, only the people who live alongside the Rhine or in the Karlsruhe area know the lakes.The lakes were built because the cities needed small stones to build up houses, so they took out the stone of the former river bed. The way and the route of the Rhine changed a lot in the last 1000 years, so there are many small water...

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  • Durlach

    Durlach is a suburb of Karlsruhe with the old time village charm. It was probably founded in the 12th century and was annexed to Karlsruhe in 1938.I enjoyed a lot walking through its narrow lanes and admiring old houses.In Durlach you can go to the top of a mountain named Turmberg. There you can go up to an ancient tower. From this you can enjoy a...

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Karlsruhe Sports & Outdoors

  • Karlsruher Sport Club

    The local soccer club of Karlsruhe is called the KSC - Karlsruher Sport Club. They have had their ups and downs during the past decade, but their fans are great and support their team - no matter how good or bad they play. When I first wrote this tip (2006/2007) the KSC had done exceptionally well, so we had high hopes that they might make it to...

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  • SWIMMING: Sonnenbad aka Rheinhafenbad

    The Rheinhafenbad, recently renamed Sonnenbad, is the only outdoor swimming pool in Karlsruhe that stays open from mid February to early December. The water is heated to 28°C in the colder season, heated indoor changing rooms and showers available.The 50 m basin makes it suitable for sport swimmers who want to do their regular training.Entrance...

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  • INLINE SKATING: Skatenite

    About every second week, usually on a Thursday evening (7:30 p.m.), from late April to the end of August some of Karlsruhe's streets are "skaters only". Meeting point is always Kronenplatz. A certain route along main streets, 11-16 kms long, will be officially closed to all other traffic by the police. The field does two rounds on this track, the...

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Karlsruhe Favorites

  • Wildparkstadion in 2004

    The German Shepherd Bundessiegerzuchtschau was held there in 2004. It was our sixth BSZS and the first competition without our Asslan v Haus Schiran as a participant. But he was with us as the honorable tourist. That’s why we can tell that thank to Asslan we visited Karlsruhe.Our visits in many European cities have never happened if our dog...

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  • Wildparkstadion in 2002

    The Wildparkstadion is a football stadium in the Wildpark and home of the Karlsruher SC. Also some kind of Open Air Festivals took place here. It was built 1955, the grandstand was finished 1993.The German Shepherd Bundessiegerzuchtschau was held there in 2002. It was our fourth BSZS with our Asslan v Haus Schiran and we were happy his...

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  • Wildparkstadion in 1999

    Wildparkstadion is located northeast of the Karlsruhe Schloss and is located in part of the former deer park (Wildpark) of the Grand Dukes of Baden in the Hardtwald, hence the name. The German Shepherd Bundessiegerzuchtschau was held there in 1999 when the 100th anniversary of the breed was celebrated all over the world. It was our first BSZS...

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