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Nature & Relaxation

The animal kingdom provides many reasons to awe and admire; a snow leopard, for example, is a proud and exotic creature, whereas animals such as the elephant, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus impress with their sheer size. The Zoological City Gardens spread out over 22 hectares (54 acres) and bring Africa, Asia, South America, and Australia to the heart of Karlsruhe’s city center, boasting 800 animals comprising 150 different species. Even the well-travelled city founder would have been impressed by such a collection of exotic animals.

In addition to the Zoological City Gardens, Karlsruhe boasts over 800 hectares (1,977 miles) of parks and fields, offering many further attractions for nature lovers. Highlights include treasures like the Schlossgarten (palace garden), botanical gardens and the Rheinauen (islands on the Rhine). The sun is always smiling on Karlsruhe (almost 1,800 hours each year, to be exact), making it one of the warmest cities in Germany. So come take a deep breath and relax!

Swimming & Wellness

The swimming venues in Karlsruhe have just the thing for all types of swimmers and spa aficionados:

Visitors can enjoy a wide range of saunas in Karlsruhe, while people interested in fitness can swim in the 50-metre pool. Anyone looking for adventure is sure to find it.

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Karlsruhe by bike

Did you know that Karl Drais, the inventor of the ‘running machine’ or dandy horse, was born in Karlsruhe?

Drais first presented his two-wheel personal vehicle to the public in 1817. To ride this forerunner of the bicycle, you sat astride the saddle and pushed or ‘walked’ your feet on the ground. Over the front wheel was a handle bar in the form of a reversed t-bar. The original ‘Laufmaschine’, as it was called in German, can be found in the city museum in the Prinz-Max-Palais.

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Parks and gardens

With nearly 2000 acres of public gardens and parks, it’s never difficult to find a quite oasis to relax and reflect in Karlsruhe. It’s one of the many things that makes this city so unique.

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