Schloss Karlsruhe

The city layout of Karlsruhe is special: when looking at a map you can see a giant circle in the city center. In its middle you’ll find the castle with the castle tower. From there 32 streets radiate out giving the city the nickname of the ‘fan city‘, the Fächerstadt. The city was founded in 1715 and in that year also the construction works of the Baroque-style castle started. It served as the seat of margrave Charles III William of Baden-Durlach and was a residence until the year 1918 when the Grand Duchy of Baden was abolished.

Since 1919 the castle is used by the Badisches Landesmuseum, a museum about the region Baden – its history, art and culture. The exhibition starts with pre-historic findings of the region, shows medieval art and weaponry; but it also shows connections to Europe and the rest of the world. And the standard exhibition also contains Greek and Roman as well as items with roots in Byzantine and Egypt. Changing exhibitions often attract visitors, these days the 80s in East and West Germany were depicted. In addition you can climb up to the tower and enjoy great views on the city and the garden surrounding the castle. Unfortunately the Karlsruher Schloss burned out in after attacks in World War II and only the facade was fully restored – within the building has a modern face.

Schloss Karlsruhe
Badisches Landesmuseum

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