There are a lot of tourist attractions in Karlsruhe that will attract you the city and make your holiday a delightful one. The city owns a dazzling nightlife scene, interesting museums and fun festivals that make up its list of things to do in Karlsruhe.
Some of the main attractions of Karlsruhe are its splendid Karlsruhe Palace, its beautiful botanical gardens, Federal courts of Justice, St. Stephan Parish Church, Evangelical Church and many others.
There are many squares where you can spend your leisure time such as Square of Fundamental Rights, Market Square (Marktplatz), the Pyramid and The Durlach District. You can also admire the Turmberg Castle Ruins as it forms the nortwesternmost peak of the Black Forest at the transition between the low maintain range and the hilly landscape of the Kraichgau region.Kaiserplatz is another attraction to look forward to. This place got its name from the monument of Kaiser Wilhelm I on horseback set in the middle of the square. The good part about this city is that all of its attractions can be easily covered on foot, making it a perfect destination to admire the culture traditions of Germany.
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What to Do in and around Karlsruhe
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A one of it’s kind combination of Zoological city garden Karlsruhe zoo and park, is home to over 900 animals from 150 different species. Opened in 1865, Karlsruhe zoo is one of the oldest running zoos in Germany and is one of the major attractions of Karlsruhe City. Located right in the heart of the fan shaped city, this place offers something for people of all the ages, to experience and interact with nature and learn about a variety of animal species from all continents. One can enjoy underwater viewing and fascinating insights at the coastline provided by the naturally designed enclosures. Spread over 22 acres, it is the largest inner city park, complemented by varied offer gastronomy and children’s playground. Highlights and must sees include:
Japan garden in bloom – a special experience through the Japanese themed garden city
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Schloss Karlsruhe, Schlossbezirk 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Innenstadt-West, Germany
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Karlsruhe palace, built in 1715 by Margrave Charles III William of Baden-Durlach, has served as the residence and seat of the government of the Baden dynasty for 200 hundred years. Since it came into existence this palace has witnessed numerous renovations as it stands at the hub of 32 avenues radiating outwards symmetrically to form Karlsruhe's iconic layout, the so-called "Fächer", or fan. This Palace turned museum, is one of the most active cultural history museums in Germany and has well-maintained beautiful gardens spreading over a large area in the backyard. Sitting on the banks besides the immaculate gardens during early spring or late autumn will fill you with a sense of peace and serenity. Highlights and must sees include:
Ancient jewellery, crockery and statues collection
Climbing the stairs to the top of the tower to catch the stunning view of the city
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Lorenzstr. 19, D-76135 Karlsruhe, Germany
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, founded in 1989, is a home for all forms of contemporary art. An unparalleled cultural institution where the visitors get an exciting chance for active interaction and discussion in the fields ranging from fine arts to media technology. Located in an old munitions factory, it hosts two museums, three research institutes, one media center, one laboratory and a number of interactive event spaces under one roof. Unlike most museums where one can only look and admire, this place opens up great possibilities of interaction with the exhibits. Highlights and must sees include:
Media Library - consists of extensive video collection, audio collection and library.
ZKM Game Play - classic video games section on the top floor.
Museum of Contemporary art
Media Theater, Lecture Hall and Cube, for interactive event spaces.
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Hermann-Veit-Str. 5, 76135 Karlsruhe, Germany.
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Europabad is considered as the most modern and exciting water park in the entire Karlsruhe region. This lively splash-and-play swimming pool serves a perfect hangout for the whole family, featuring a waterfall, a lazy river and one of the southern Germany’s longest water slide (170 m), there’s something special for everyone. The place has dedicated 1600 sq m kid’s pool, while adults can chill out in the relaxation area. Besides all the water fun, Europabad has a wide range of spa facilities to offer. Highlights and must sees include:
Built in 1919, Badisches Landesmuseum is located inside the Karlsruhe Palace and exhibits one of the largest architectural, cultural and historical collections. The majestic art collections cover history from ancient civilizations to modern history, including WWII. The museum has been preserved for the most part, after the castle of Karlsruhe being destroyed during WWII. The museum’s collections are presented across four floors, equipped with fascinating exhibits of the Baden-Württemberg area. A walk through the beautiful gardens behind the main building is the perfect thing to do after leaving the superb interior designed walls of the museum.
Highlights and must sees include:
Ancient culture of the Mediterranean I and II: on the ground floor.
Cabinet of curiosities, Wunderkammer: on the First floor.
Weapons, armour and riding from the Turkish Wars: on the First floor.
Permamnent Exhibition of history of Baden : on the second floor.
The museum has a well equipped reference library for the exhibition themes.
Established in the years 1823-1825 over the vault of the city’s founder, Margrave Charles III William (1679-1738), the Karlsruhe Pyramid is regarded as the city’s second emblem. The pyramid’s architecture is an example of the ancient Egyptian revival architecture, which stands unaffected by the extensive bombings during the WWII. It is believed that ‘Karl’, the founder of Karlsruhe (meaning Karl’s rest), rests underneath this pyramid for eternity. Give this place a visit during the night hours to witness a bit of Egyptian beauty in the heart of Germany.
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Kaiserstraße, 76133 Karlsruhe–Downtown Center, Karlsruhe, Germany
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
The Kaiserstraße is the main shopping street in the city located in the city center. Spread over the long road connecting the former city gates Durlacher Tor and Muhlburger Tor, is this Baden’s longest shopping street, where you can have a memorable shopping experience. On a stroll through this shopper’s paradise you’ll find numerous outlets selling almost everything, ranging from classic paintings on modern art to Italian interior decoration accessories, fine fabrics to precious leather and expressive Jewelry. Besides the interesting pedestrian shops there are numerous renowned fashion outlets and beautiful traditional stores, cafes, restaurants, and Boutiques. Highlights and must sees include:
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Durlach, 76227 Karlsruhe – Durlach, Germany.
07:00 am - 08:00 pm
Turmberg, standing 256 meters high, is a large hill on at Durlach on the outskirts of Karlsruhe and is the highest point of the city. The Turmberg railway, the oldest funicular railway still operating in Germany, has been ascending the hill since 1888. Climbing the 528 steps of the ‘Hexenstäffele’, one can reach the top of the hill directly, to have the mesmerizing view across the Rhine plain over the rooftops of Durlach and Karlsruhe and understand its size. Catch the best view from the 28m high tower at Turmberg Remains of Castrum Gretzingen.
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Durlach, Karlsruhe, Germany
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Durlach, first mentioned as a city in 1196, is a borough of the German city of Karlsruhe with a population of roughly 30,000. Durlach holds significant importance on the historical timeline of Germany. Emperor Fredrick II on the margrave Hermann V of Zähringen as an allodial possession bestowed it. It has served as a seat of the Liberal party of the Baden parliament in 1846 and witnessed the encounter between Prussians and the insurgents in 1849. Once a home to several traditional industries producing sewing machines, beer, tobacco and chemicals is now a popular tourist destination for people travelling to Karlsruhe. Durlach is gifted with astounding natural beauty and impressive architecture; the oldest running funicular railway network is a delight to experience and is highly recommended. Highlights and must sees include:
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Baumeisterstraße 11, 76137 Karlsruhe, Germany
02:00 pm - 08:00 pm
The Badisches Staatstheater, is a theatre and Opera house in Karlsruhe. This theatre is a Dreisparten house, comprising in three performance genres of music theatre, ballet and the studio stage. Attached to the Staatstheater are the Badische Staatskapelle (Orchestra) and the Badische Staatsopernchor (opera chorus). The architure of this theatre tells the tale of its numerous resurrection after facing several crises since its existence. Built in 1715, the theatre hall was magnificent artwork of canvas and wood. A disastrous fire broke out in the year 1847 in a well-attended performance, burning down almost all the major parts of the theatre to the ground. The present theater has existed in its present form since 1975, at Ettlinger Tor and serves as one of the major attractions for theatre and music lovers in Karlsruhe. Highlights and must sees include:
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Hans-Thoma-Straße 2-6, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Opened in 1846, the state art gallery has maintained most of its original works of the collection since it’s year of inception. Opened with a motive to serve as an agent between the past, present and future, it not only preserves the legends of several centuries but also aims at modern historic collection and it’s perpetuation and expansion. The state gallery is spread over three historical buildings besides the Botanical garden. The main building and the palace Orangerie exhibit diverse art paintings from different periods through the impressionist/Expressionist period to the modern art abstract. The State gallery besides being home to one of the greatest German art collection, boasts of impressive architecture as well and has a dedicated section for art collections for adolescents and children. Highlights and must sees include:
The Copperplate cabinet
The Copperplate Cabinet is one of the oldest graphical art collections in Europe, and contains more than 90,000 prints. The State art gallery has one of the largest public museum libraries of southern Germany which has an impressive collection of over 1,50,000 volumes.
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Marienstrasse, 16 , D 76137 Karlsruhe, Germany
10:00 am - 11:59 pm
The Schauburg, opened in 1929, is a classic old school cinema where you can enjoy the films in their original version. Set in the premises of the former Apollo Vaudeville Theatre, which was Karlsruhe’s first true metropolitan area cinema with 600 seats, stands this great cinema with retro charm. After near total destruction in the WWII, the cinema was reconstructed on the same site in 1949. After several modifications and reconstructions the Schauburg today has three halls with 350, 150 and 61 seats. Located in a beautiful surrounding, it has a surprising décor with red velvet curtains and traditional seats. Addition of complimentary pretzel and champagne on weekly sneak adds to the wonderful experience of watching a movie here. This place has a long running tradition of showing thesis and always adds something extra to the normal cinema experience. Sometimes the director or members of main cast are present on the stage after the film to take questions from the audience and share their stories about the cinema. The staircase of the cinema with a curving, opposing stairs from the 1950s is a listed building. Highlights and must sees include:
Cinerama (the great room with a curved 17 X 7 meter screen and Todd-AO technique)
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Adenauerring 17, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Wildparkstadion, home ground of the local football club Karlsruher SC, is a football stadium located near Karlsruhe palace. There have been several football pitches at this location since 1922 but the stadium we see today was built in 1955 and has undergone several major renovations since. The stadium now promises of modern and comfortable facilities for the sport and is considered architecturally and functionally above the average standards of the Bundesliga. Wildparkstadion has hosted six international games till date, all of them won by Germany. This place derives its name from the Wildpark, a former deer park, which it was a part of. Spread over 7.5 ha, this stadium has a capacity of about 40,000 with a seating capacity of 14,890 and 363 box seats. Highlights and must sees include:
With it’s origin dating back to the mid 18th century, Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe has been considered as one of the greatest scientific research museums in Germany. The Museum organizes special themed exhibitions at regular intervals, while the permanent exhibition shows continue to attract visitors in large numbers every year. This place witnessed a heavy restoration post WWII, when the museum building and its major departments were destroyed due to heavy bombing. The museum has a prehistoric collection of live animals stuffed with real fossils, and provides a representative overview of the nature and the animal kingdom. Highlights and must sees include:
The Saurierer museum
Andrias – The giant salamander fossil from Öhningen
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Ettlinger-Tor-Platz 1, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
The Ettlinger Tor Karlsruhe was opened in 2005, owned by the ECE group in downtown, is considered to be the largest urban shopping center in southern Germany. Spread over a total of 33,000 square meters of retail space stands this true shopper’s paradise. It has 130 stores located on either side of a three-Storey - open, the extension of the pedestrian shopping street adds to your shopping experience. The place offers a variety of fashion, beauty, literature and entertainment electronics. Hence here you’ll find almost everything that your heart desires. This architecturally unique shopping center is characterized by light, transparency and elegance, and provides a tint of cosmopolitan glare to the city of Karlsruhe.