The City of Karlsruhe is located near Germany’s border with France on the northern edge of the Black Forest. Lying in the Rhine Valley, the warmest region in Germany, it is just 115 meters above sea level. It has more sunny days that many other German cities. The Port of Karlsruhe doesn’t get as many tourists as the nearby cities of Heidelberg and Freiburg, but it is a great example of early modern urban development, with a unique fan-shaped radial layout.
Visitors to the Port of Karlsruhe will not want to miss the city’s most outstanding landmarks. The Zentrum fur Kunst und Medietechnologie (ZKM) is a media museum dedicated to interactive and media arts. Boasting world-class exhibits, it is home to many cultural events. For more traditional art, the Staatliche Kunsthalle contains classical paintings dating from the 16th Century to present.
The city’s palace, center for the infant Port of Karlsruhe, is north of the city center. Rebuilt after World War II, it contains a museum focusing on historical exhibits and local history. The palace garden north of the palace covers a large area and contains a small train where visitors can tour the gardens in comfort.
12th Century Durlach, a medieval town now part of the Port of Karlsruhe, is much older than the city itself. You can get a beautiful view of the city and Rhine Valley from atop the Turmberg, or Tower Hill, in Durlach.
Also known as the “green city,” a fourth of the land area of the Port of Karlsruhe is a forest that extends to the Zoological Gardens. The city is full of cultivated parks that contain beautiful gardens and marvelous old trees. The Zoological Gardens is one of the oldest in Germany. It contains more than a thousand animals from 150 world-wide species and over 300 strains of roses as well as many species of tulips and summer flowers.
During the summer, the Port of Karlsruhe is home to four festivals that visitors will want to see. Das Fest (German), in July, celebrates live music on several stages in the Gunther-Klotz Anlage. The African Summer Festival (German), also in July, highlights the culture in the Nordstadt. Exhibitions, markets, and drumming workshops offer fun for everyone in the family. In August, the KAMUNA (German), Karlsruhe Night of the Museum, involves special events at the city’s museums, which are open late into the night. The Medieval Spectaculum, also in August, features knights in armor, magicians, fire shows, and games and markets from the medieval period.
People who seek an exciting nightlife (German) will find many opportunities in the Port of Karlsruhe. Ludwig Square, in the city’s center, boasts many bistros, cafes, and restaurants. The old town of Durlach also offers many places where visitors can find quiet, quaint spots for an evening’s entertainment.