Karlsruhe is the third largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg after Stuttgart and Mannheim. Today, around 320,000 inhabitants live in the city - founded as a planned city, Karlsruhe today bears the title "Fan City". The epithet goes back to the symmetrical construction of the city.
Founded in 1715 from today's Durlach district as a baroque planned city, Karlsruhe was the capital and residence of the former state of Baden. The center of the city is formed by the castle and the laid out parks as well as the radiating streets.
The cityscape of the "fan city" is characterized by classicistic buildings, which were designed and built by the city planner and architect Jakob Friedrich Weinbrenner. Both in the historic core of Karlsruhe and in the more modern quarters you will find great and charming accommodations and hotels.
Especially for cultural travelers Karlsruhe has a lot to offer. Whether the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, the Baden State Theater Karlsruhe, the cultural center Tollhaus or the Karlsruhe Castle: every culture lover will find something here!
Near the Hardtwald lies the origin of Karlsruhe as many people know it today. In 1715, Margrave Karl Wilhelm had the planned city of Karlsruhe built - around the area were villages such as Durlach and Mühlberg. Durlach is today also the older historical part of the city and delights with narrow and dreamy alleys.
In the restaurants and parlors of the district you will find regional specialties and the perfect opportunity to add a culinary touch to your pleasure and culture trip.
If you want to learn more about the history of the city, we recommend a guided history and culture tour through the city. But you can also explore the "fan city" by bus - this way you can get to the numerous sights quickly and comfortably. Ideal for weekend trips, when less time is available.
Did you know that Karlsruhe is the first city in Germany to be named a UNESCO City of Media Arts? Modern media arts, social and technological innovations, and an almost inexhaustible cornucopia of creativity, art, and science: Karlsruhe is a multifaceted city worth exploring!