Secret places with historical flair in Germany
  • Karlsruhe – Gateway to the Black Forest

    Tourist-Information, Bahnhof­­platz 6, 76137

    How to Get There?

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      Karlsruhe is located directly on the ICE line from Hamburg via Frankfurt to Basel. About 130 long-distance trains stops daily at Karlsruhe Hbf (Karlsruhe main station).

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      Karlsruhe is very easy to reach by car. There are accesses on the highway A 5 Basel-Karlsruhe-Frankfurt and the highway A 8 Karlsruhe-Stuttgart-München. In the city centre there are numerous parking facilities.

      GPS coordinates

      LATITUDE: 48.994911
      LONGTITUDE: 8.400190

       

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      The nearest airports to Karlsruhe are Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (about 45 km) and Frankfurt/Main (130 km). Both offer train connections to Karlsruhe Hbf.

      Nearest airport

      Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB)

    Why Go There?

    Karlsruhe – the gateway to Black Forest – is located in southwest Germany, near the Franco-German border and is one of the warmest cities in Germany.

    Karsruhe has a centre from which the streets radiate outward. Due to this fact, Karlsruhe is also called Fächerstadt (fan city). Heart of the city is Karlsruhe Palace (built in 1715). 32 streets radiating out from it like the ribs of a folding fan or the spokes of a wheel. Lovers of culture, good cuisine and nature will find their part of excitement here. You can very quickly feel at ease. Tourists are welcome – the atmosphere is cosmopolitan and lively. Enjoy the hustle and bustle around the market square. Several cafés and beergardens invite to linger.

    The 'Kaiserstraße' is the longest shopping street in the Baden region. Shopping fans will like ist. Also the shopping centre 'Ettlinger Tor Karlsruhe' south of the Kaiserstraße offers countless possibilities to spend money.

    The city centre is the oldest part of Karlsruhe. The neo-classical architect Friedrich Weinbrenner moulded the city image in the first half of the 19th century. Discover the market square  (here, the visitor sees the landmark of Karlsruhe: a roughly seven-metre-high pyramid of red sandstone) with the 'Evangelischen Stadtkirche' (Lutheran church), the Rathaus (town hall) or the 'Pfarrkirche St. Stephan' (parish church St. Stephan).

    Visit one of the many museums, such as the state museum (Badisches Landesmuseum) at the palace or the museum of natural history (Naturkundemuseum). Karlsruhe offers many possibilities for art lovers and museum friends. It is not called "culture city" (Kulturstadt).

    By the way: Karlsruhe impressed the later US President Thomas Jefferson during his visit in Karlsruhe. He drew a sketch of the layout of the city and sent them to the most famous city planner of the time, Pierre L ' Enfant, who was inspired for the layout of the American capital of Washington, D.C. 

    Location Details

    Escape Address: Tourist-Information, Bahnhof­­platz 6, 76137, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

    Things to do close by!

    Nature exploring

    Karlsruhe is a perfect place for nature lovers. About 2,000 acres of public gardens and parks waits for the visitors. Discover the Palace Gardens, Botanical Gardens, the Zoological Gardens or the Günther Klotz Park.

    Wine tasting

    Enjoy the world famous Baden wine as well as the Baden cuisine, a mixture of regional cuisine and France’s culinary delicacies. The motto is "A meal without wine is like a day without the Sun".

    Spa & Wellness

    The Europabad Swimming Pool (Europabad) is the most modern water park in the region and offers plenty of fun in the water, spa facilities and real holiday feeling for the whole family.

    Amusement park

    The City Garden Zoo Karlsruhe (Zoologischer Stadtgarten Karlsruhe) is located north of the main station Karlsruhe. The zoo was opened in 1865 and is the oldest in Germany. City Garden and zoo are one unit. The zoo is open all year round.

    Events

    Every year in July there is an open air festival lasting three days called "Das Fest" (The Festival). The Festival is one of the largest Open-Air events in Germany. Around the music stages that attract visitors in the Günther-Klotz-Anlage with performances of regional, national and international artists, there is an extensive sports, children's and family program every year.

    Hotels near Karlsruhe – Gateway to the Black Forest

    Hotel-Restaurant Erbprinz
    Offering a beautiful spa area and excellent cuisine, this 5-star luxury hotel in Ettlingen is located directly opposite the Ettlinger Schloss palace and enjoys scenic views of the Old Town.
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    About 5.98 KM from Karlsruhe – Gateway to the Black Forest
    Schlosshotel Karlsruhe
    Dating from 1914, this historic 4-star hotel in Karlsruhe offers a free wellness area, free Wi-Fi. It overlooks Karlsruhe Zoo and lies opposite the main train station.
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    About 0.14 KM from Karlsruhe – Gateway to the Black Forest
    Leonardo Hotel Karlsruhe
    This Leonardo Hotel has modern rooms with air conditioning. It is opposite the city park with Karlsruhe Zoo. Augartenstraße Tram and City Rail Station is directly outside. Leonardo Hotel Karlsruhe’s breakfast is served in the Scala restaurant.
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    About 0.64 KM from Karlsruhe – Gateway to the Black Forest
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