Karlsruhe is the fan shaped city with the best weather in Germany. It is a beautiful city with a palace, the Rhine River, and historic towns that hasn’t gotten quite touristy yet. It has a good infrastructure with beautiful places to visit, an airport to fly around cheap with Ryanair.
How to get there ?
The best way to get around is by car because some of the sights listed are spread out around the city, but the public transportation/infrastructure KVV is also decent enough to reach all the places you want to go.
The local hotpots of Karlsruhe
Karlsruher Schloss (Palace) & the pyramid at the market square
It is quite interesting to know that the city was built like a fan around a castle, a site that allows you to see it from everywhere. There are a lot of activities and events in the summer and the park (Schlosspark) is very nice to wander through or have a picnic. By the palace you will find the Federal Court of Justice. The Pyramid is a classic sight of Karlsruhe located at Marktplatz (market square).
From here you can to see the “skyline” of Karlsruhe and the industrial surroundings. It’s a nice place to watch the sunset from a little mountain and have a drink with friends. Locals love it. You can reach it by public transportation (Tram 1 or 8 to Durlach Turmberg), and from there you have the option to catch Turmbergbahn, which is the oldest cable car in Germany that is still running or walk up 529 stairs.
Günther Klotz Anlage
This site is beside the Schlosspark and is another park full of activities and events. There is a lake with boating, a basketball court, a lot of green areas, playground, skate park, Beachvolleyball, etc. The Alb river runs beside it. Locals love to go whenever they feel in the mood. In summer there is Das Fest, a music festival, around July and great fun to visit.
Historic Town of Ettlingen / Durlach
Either one is very beautiful but if you decide to go up, the Turmberg can be easily combined with visiting the old town in Durlach. Ettlingen is also very beautiful but more in the suburbs.
Classic local hotspots Rappenwörth pool
A visit to the Rappenwörth swimming pool with its waves is a classic place to go in summer. It’s very beautiful and is located next to the Rhine. It’s a fun place and you get the feeling of being a local.
Baggersee Weingarten (outside of Karlsruhe, easier with a car)
The Baggersee Weingarten is a flooded gravel pit but a very nice destination to visit in the summer. Locals head there to have fun, barbecue and enjoy different activities such as volleyball, football, etc. The Baggersee is not so accessible without a car, but it is worth visiting if you decide to rent one.
I TRAVEL FOREVER’s VIEW & RECOMMENDATION
Nowadays there is hop on/off tourist bus, but I don’t think this is the way you should see Karlsruhe unless you are interested in local history. I recommend to try and get your own way around, observe people, and experience the way locals live. I also suggest not miss out on eat a ‘Yufka or eat a Döner Pizza’ and drink an ‘Uludag or Ayran’ at Zel in the city center .
Some beautiful cities to visit around Karlsruhe within <60 minutes driving time are
Black Forest, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Roppenheim (outlet shopping center). Karlsruhe has currently still a couple of construction sites for the underground but is worth a visit now before it gets too touristy.
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