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Local Attractions

The unique fan-shaped layout, home to the highest-level German judicial bodies, the numerous monuments, fountains and plazas all make Karlsruhe a city like no other. A true claim to fame: nearly all of the local attractions can be comfortably reached on foot.

Karlsruhe offers a truly cultural experience.

Karlsruhe Palace

Work on Margrave Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach's new residence, "Carols Ruh", in the middle of the forest began on 17 June 1715. What was initially planned as a summer residence soon became the first and central building of the new town of Karlsruhe.

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Botanical Gardens

The botanical gardens contain over 20 special species of trees from a variety of continents, conservatories containing cacti and numerous greenhouses with tropical plants.

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Market Square (Marktplatz) and the Pyramid

The market square (Marktplatz) is in all probability the best-known square in Karlsruhe. Situated on it is the city's hallmark, the pyramid, built in 1823 as well as the municipal protestant church, the town hall, and the market fountain.

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Federal Court of Justice

The Hereditary Grand Duke's palace in Karlsruhe has been the office building of the president of the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) since 1950. It is the highest court of civil and criminal jurisdiction in the Federal Republic of Germany.

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Evangelical Church

The municipal protestant church (evangelische Stadtkirche) was built according to plans by the famous Karlsruhe architect Friedrich Weinbrenner as the cathedral church of Baden following instructions from Grand Duke Karl Friedrich.

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The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany

Karlsruhe has been the symbolic ‘home of lawmaking’ – a key role for the modern, democratic state of Germany – for more than 50 years. Germany’s uppermost judicial bodies are based in Karlsruhe: the Federal Consti­tu­tio­nal Court, the Federal Court of Justice and the Federal Attorney General. In German news it is common to hear that a decision has been taken after a ‘Judgement in Karlsruhe’.

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Square of Fundamental Rights

The ‘Platz der Grund­rech­te’ was laid in 2005 between the perimeter road called Zirkel and Schloss­platz (the palace square). Walking through the pedestrian zone, it can be found between Marktplatz and the palace. The square is dotted with 24 double-sided street signs, each describing an important aspect of right and wrong – complete with statements made by judges, lawyers and common citizens who have come into conflict with German law.

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Zoological City Gardens

The characteristic feature of the zoological gardens in Karlsruhe is the combination of zoo, one of the oldest in Germany, and municipal gardens. Located in the heart of the city centre, it is one of the favourite destinations for an outing within the city limits.

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