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 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’.Read more... »
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.Read more... »
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.Read more... »