Karlsruhe is an ideal central stop on a European vacation. Located in the southwestern corner of Germany, this city appeals to visitors for its blend of modern and traditional qualities.
An intellectual city by nature, Karlsruhe houses Germany’s oldest technological university. It also recently adopted the SmarterCity Initiative, marking the metropolis as a leader in environmental efficiency and self-sustainability for urban areas.
Its science-driven personality is tempered by a thriving arts scene. Be sure to explore the Center for Art and Media, which holds both the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Media Museum, the world’s first completely interactive museum. Your visit will not be complete without checking out the Karlsruhe Pyramid, an Egyptian-style crypt that is the tomb site of Margrave Charles III William, the city’s founder.
Karlsruhe itself has an artistic layout, and is rumored to have provided the inspiration for Washington DC. Relatively new by German standards, the city was founded in 1715 and features a central palace with streets fanning outward in a circular shape. Despite its young age, the city holds an important place in German history. The country’s first Parliament was erected here. A memorial park honors the city’s Jewish population that was devastated during World War II.
Treat your palate to a variety of traditional and ethnic dishes, courtesy of the diverse offering of restaurants throughout the city. Karlsruhe also abounds with beer gardens and pubs. During the summer, both the Medieval Festival and Das Fest, a music fair, fill the streets with activity. The Botanical Gardens and Palace Gardens provide a stunning setting to enjoy the outdoor charm of this German city. If you want to mix rural exploration with your urban experience, the Palatinate Forest, Black Forest, and Vosges Mountains are close enough for a day trip.
Less than half an hour from the French border, Karlsruhe is also equidistant between Luxembourg and Zurich. This makes it an ideal central point to make your home base while exploring Europe’s distinctive cities. The Baden Airpark is twenty-five miles outside the Karlsruhe and has flights to and from the continent’s major destinations. Regular buses, trains and well-maintained highways make Karlsruhe easily accessible by all modes of transportation.
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Baden-Baden is so nice you have to name it twice. Baden-Baden is one of Europe's most stylish and exclusive spas. The hot springs have been known since 2000 years, and the city has an international reputation for healthcare.
Depart for the spa town of Baden Baden nestled at the foot of the Black Forest. The city has attracted royalty, the rich and celebrities over the centuries. Follow your guide and discover the numerous architectural splendors and magnificent villas that are lined along the Lichtentaler Allee.
During this highlights walking tour you will visit the old town, the spa quarter, parks and beautiful gardens all while learning about the city’s history and the secret of the hot springs' healing power. What you will see: Festspielhaus & Casino Kurh
The fascinating Merkur mountain is 668m high and can be reached by the steepest and longest funicular railways of Europe. During the 5 minute ride with an incline between 23 and 54 percent, you will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the Merkur mountain.
Baden-Baden’s Casino is located in the city Kurhaus and could be straight out of a James Bond movie. With a history going back over 250 years, the Kurhaus looks like a French Royal palace – walking through the colonnades and the state room, you will notice the feeling of history.
Mummelsee, a beautiful lake in the heart of the Black Forest, is mesmerizes you with unique insights of untouched nature. While there, you can admire a beautiful view and learn something about the lake’s history.