Top things to do in Karlsruhe

Top Choice Palace in Karlsruhe

Schloss

From the baroque-meets-neoclassical Schloss, Karlsruhe’s 32 streets radiate like the spokes of a wheel. Karl Wilhelm, margrave of Baden-Durlach, named his epicentral palace Karlsruhe (Karl’s retreat) when founding t…
Monastery in Karlsruhe

Kloster Maulbronn

Billed as the best-preserved medieval monastery north of the Alps, this one-time Cistercian monastery was founded by Alsatian monks in 1147. It was born again as a Protestant school in 1556 and designated a Unesco W…
International in Karlsruhe

Kommödchen

A drop of good old-fashioned sophistication in Karlsruhe's southern Südstadt neighbourhood, Kommödchen keeps things cosy with soft lamplight, bistro seating, portraits festooning the walls and warm service. Matched …
Portuguese in Karlsruhe

Casa do José

A slice of Portugal in the heart of Karlsruhe, Casa do José extends a heartfelt bemvindo (welcome). The look is modern-rustic, with beams suspended above bistro tables in a light interior. Petiscos (Portuguese tapas…
Museum in Karlsruhe

Badisches Landesmuseum

The treasure-trove Badisches Landesmuseum, inside the Schloss, shelters the jewel-encrusted crown of Baden's grand-ducal ruling family, and spoils of war from victorious battles against the Turks in the 17th century…
Gallery in Karlsruhe

Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

The outstanding State Art Gallery presents a world-class collection, from the canvases of late-Gothic German masters such as Matthias Grünewald and Lucas Cranach the Elder to Impressionist paintings by Degas, Monet …
Museum in Karlsruhe

Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie

Set in a historical munitions factory, the ZKM is a mammoth exhibition and research complex fusing art and emerging electronic media technologies. The interactive Medienmuseum has media art displays, including a com…
German in Karlsruhe

Oberländer Weinstuben

This highly atmospheric pick brings together an elegant wood-panelled tavern and a flowery courtyard. Fine wines marry perfectly with seasonal winners such as slow-cooked ox cheeks, goose ravioli with salsify and nu…
Square in Karlsruhe

Marktplatz

The grand neoclassical Marktplatz is dominated by the Ionic portico of the 19th-century Evangelische Stadtkirche and the dusky-pink Rathaus. The iconic red-stone pyramid is an incongruous tribute to Karl Wilhelm, ma…
Craft Beer in Karlsruhe

Phono

This vintage-cool craft beer bar in Karlsruhe's Oststadt hums with folk thirsty for unusual brews – and here there are 70 to try from all over the world. Phono also hosts events from tastings to DJ sets. Take the tr…