Top ChoicePalace in Karlsruhe



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...

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...

International in Karlsruhe


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....

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Square in Karlsruhe


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,...

Craft Beer in Karlsruhe


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...

Pub Food in Karlsruhe


Quaff a cold one with regulars by the copper vats or in the leafy beer garden of this microbrewery. The unfiltered house pils washes down hale and hearty food such as goulash, dumplings and bratwurst with beer...

Burgers in Karlsruhe


DeliBurgers does what it says on the tin: top-quality beef burgers, grilled to your taste, with gourmet toppings and organic buns. Everything is made right here – from the sauces to the fluffy hand-cut fries....

Museum in Karlsruhe

Museum beim Markt

At the northern tip of Marktplatz, Museum beim Markt presents an intriguing stash of post-1900 applied arts, from art nouveau to Bauhaus.

Gardens in Karlsruhe

Botanischer Garten

Lush with exotic foliage and ideal for a stroll, the Botanischer Garten is speckled with greenhouses, one showcasing a giant Victoria water lily.

Pub Food in Karlsruhe

Die Kippe

Every local student has a tale about the ‘Dog End’, named after the free tobacco behind the bar. Wallet-friendly daily specials skip from schnitzel to plaice with potato salad. There’s live music a couple of...