Karlsruhe & region
Nestled between the Black Forest, the Southern Palatinate and Alsace, the Baden city of Karlsruhe lies in the midst of one of the most beautiful cultural and natural landscapes and at the same time in one of Europe’s leading technology centres. Its founder Karl Wilhelm von Baden had the city built at the beginning of the 18th century according to a radial ground plan and is therefore also called “The Fan City” (“Fächerstadt”). With over 300,000 inhabitants, Karlsruhe offers its inhabitants and guests everything one would expect from a modern city: excellent transport links, an exemplary public transport and cycle path network, rich educational opportunities, local recreation in the countryside, extraordinary leisure and sports facilities and a family-friendly infrastructure. In addition, Karlsruhe is characterised by its location and structure as one of the most livable cities in Germany..
Furthermore, Karlsruhe as a central business location has its own trade fair and congress centre.
Leisure and family
Karlsruhe has something to offer for everyone, whether singles, couples or families: a lively cultural and music scene, an attractive range of leisure activities, the Karlsruhe Zoo, countless festivals and celebrations, over 25 public pools and bathing lakes, over 100 km of cycle paths and a quarter of the city area laid out in well-tended parks and green spaces make Karlsruhe a “Green Oasis”. hat für alle etwas zu bieten ob für Singles, Paare oder Familien: Eine lebendige Kultur- und Musikszene, ein attraktives Freizeitangebot, der Karlsruher Zoo, unzählige Feste und Festivals, über 25 Bäder und Badeseen, über 100 km Fahrradwege und ein Viertel der Stadtfläche angelegt in gepflegten Park- und Grünanlagen machen Karlsruhe zur „Oase im Grünen“.
Families like the close network of playgrounds, kindergartens and schools. With the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the city also has one of the most renowned universities in Europe with over 25,000 students.
Citizens and visitors also enjoy the Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM), which is one of the world’s leading museums and production facilities of its kind.
Science and economy
With the KIT and 10 other institutions of higher education, technology and start-up networks, its economic and innovative power and its high quality of life, Karlsruhe has a very high potential of skilled workers and attracts leading-edge companies. Due to Karlsruhe’s central location in Europe, the most important economic and trade fair centers in Europe can easily be reached from its own airport Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, central long-distance train station, and the directly connected highway network.
Savoir-vivre – pure quality of life
The region around Karlsruhe is one of the sunniest regions in Germany and there are none with a higher density of top gastronomy. It is surrounded by the beautiful wine growing areas of Baden, the Southern Palatinate and Alsace. The Black Forest is right outside the city gates and the central location makes it possible to reach neighbouring France in under 30 minutes, Switzerland in under two hours and Austria in under three hours. Big cities like Frankfurt can be reached in one and a half hours, Munich in three hours and Paris in two and a half hours (!) on the ultra-modern express train.
Karlsruhe is also the seat of the Baden State Theatre, many private music and theatre stages, festivals and town fairs as well as many cafes and beer gardens which invite you to linger.