Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof (Karlsruhe Main Station) is well connected to the german ICE network and is accessible easily from all over Germany. Leaving the station at the northern side, take one of the trams running to "Marktplatz" (nearly all trams starting here are connected). From here walk 2 minutes
Take the highway "A5" and exit at "Karlsruhe-Durlach". Follow the signposts to "Innenstadt" (City Center)/Schlossplatz. There's a parking garage at the Schlossplatz. 1.50 Euro per hour resp. 6.00 Euro per day (status: 2013).
From the Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden airport take the bus no. 234 to Rastatt Bahnhof and exit at the final station. Here take the urban railway "S4" to Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof. Here take the tram to Marktplatz (nearly every tram runs via the Marktplatz here - check the schedules). From here walk 2 minutes.
Tu - Thu 10 am - 5 pm, Fr - Su 10 am - 6 pm
Karlsruhe Palace, a baroque styled palace, was built in 1715 as the new residence of margrave Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach. Up to 1918 it was the residence of the margraves and grand dukes of Baden.
The park of the palace - located north of the palace - was originally created in a french baroque style, but even in the 18th century, grand duke Karl Friedrich let rebuild parts of the park as an english "landscape garden". The idyllic Lake invites to linger in addition to the spacious green areas around the palace as well as fountains and sculptures from various periods. From April to all Saints operates the castle garden railroad on a 2.5 km circuit in the well-kept gardens.
South of the palace the streets are radiating from the palace. Karlsruhe is called "Fächerstadt" (fan city) due to this circumstance. The city emerged completely from the drawing board, and even nowadays the "sun rays" are clearly visible in the courses of the streets.
After being destroyed nearly completely during World War II, only the facade was originally rebuilt during the 1950s and 1060s. Indoor there were developed modern exhibition spaces. Nowadays the "Badisches Landesmuseum" (State museum of Baden) and some offices of the "Bundesverfassungsgericht" (this is the german Supreme Court which is located in Karlsruhe) can be found here.
The State museum of Baden is an art-, culture- and state historical museum with collections and exhibitions which are world famous. More than 5,500 years of international culture history are represented here. The collections go from the early history up th the 20th century. The most considerable collection of antiques in Baden-Württemberg can be viewed here as well as the "turkish loot" which was brought by margrave Ludwig Wilhelm of Baden from the "Turk wars" in 1691.
Escape Address: Schlossplatz, 76131 Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Around the "Marktplatz" (market square), just 500 meters away from the palace, there are plenty of shopping opportunities in the Karlsruhe pedestrian area. The "ECE Center Ettlinger Tor" offers more than 37,000 square meters of sales floor as well as 130 stores (fashion, trends, accessoires, beauty and wellness).
The "Vogelbräu" in the Baumeisterstrasse (approx. 15 minutes to walk, starting at the palace) is offering self-brewed beer and a long bill of fare. There are many specialities, such as spelt beer, "Doppelbock", halloween beer or winter beer. More infos here: http://www.vogelbraeu.de/karlsruhe/lokal.html
Directly behind the palace there is a large park called "Schlosspark" (castle park). And beyond the park there is a huge forest area with beautiful cycling tracks for anyone: short or long. Ride along the Rhine Cycle Route which starts at the source of the Rhine in Switzerland and ends at its mouth in the Netherlands.
The city is ideal to be discovered by walking. There are many hidden gems in Karlsruhe that are waiting to get explored, attractions like the marketplace, the "Badisches Staatstheater" and Ettlinger Tor as well as the city garden with the Zoological Garden are very close to each other.