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Best things to do in Karlsruhe

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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“Built in 1775, by the Margrave Charles III William of Baden-Durlach, the city of Karlsruhe has since grown around it. ”
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Park
“Central park area next to the castle. There are playgrounds, little lakes, many trees and a little train to explore the area.”
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Movie Theatre
“a vintage cinema, great film beside of the blockbusters! On week ends they show children films!”
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Establishment
“Wer Konzert ond Theater liebt, sollte über einen Besuch des Badischen Staatstheaters nachdenken.”
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Shopping Mall
“Das Shoppingparadies in Karlsruhe, auch die Umgebung und die nahe Kaiserstraße laden zum Shoppen ein.”
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Museum
“Das Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe ist nicht nur bei den Karlsruher Besuchern beliebt, dank seiner herausragenden Sammlungen und Forschungsaktivitäten zählt es zu den großen naturkundlichen Museen Deutschlands. Dazu trägt auch die zweifache Bedeutung des Hauses als wissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut sowie als besucherorientiertes Museum bei. Forschen, Sammeln und Bewahren, Wissen vermitteln – die klassischen Arbeitsbereiche eines Museums zu verbinden, sehen wir als unsere Aufgabe an. Eine besondere Attraktion des Hauses sind die zahlreichen lebenden Tiere, vor allem im Bereich "Klima und Lebensräume". ”
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Bar
“Unique and exquisite cocktail bar with very good service. Free lemon water for all guests. Very cosy backyard.”
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Art Museum
“The "Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe" is one of the oldest and most important museums of fine arts in Europe. It exhibits the German, French and Dutch masters from a total of eight centuries.”
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Food
“Very romantic cocktail bar. Perfect for a date, meeting your business partners, or if you like to enjoy a good cocktail. No reservations possible during the weekend, so come early.”
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Plaza
“Check out the Karlsruhe Castle! Till the end of September you can enjoy the super beautiful light show in front of the castle every evening after 22:00 till 24:00 (on weekends longer).”
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Night Club
“Not really sure, if this place is really worth to be recommended, as it is basically just your typical student club that can be found in any bigger city. Nonetheless, there's some reasons why we still keep coming back: the beer garden is great in the summer, some events are actually quite good (e.g. Electro Swing party with DJ Kunststoff, or live concerts), and the open stage event taking place each Sunday (free admission) is the place to be if you wanna party on a Sunday night.”
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Bar
“An average club opened on Fri+Sa that often plays 90s music. Nothing really special, but still very popular as it is the only in town where admission is free during the whole night. VERY hot during the summers (you can usually get free tab water at the bar if you ask nicely), and long cues on popular days. No dress-code, but highly intoxicated people will be turned away by the bouncers.”
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Café
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“My absolute favorite restaurant. Beautiful location in a Berlin-like backyard, feels like sitting a big garden. Many vegeterian and vegan options. Very affordable. Great for breakfast and lunch- no diner.”
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Park
“Slightly hidden gem next to the castle. It is located right behind the "Bundesverfassungsgericht". Perfect if you just wanna relax in a quiet and peaceful place, right in the center of the city. Free admission.”
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Shopping Mall
“Die zweite große Karlsruher Einkaufsmall. Primart, Saturn und alles was es im ECE Center nicht gibt. ”
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Museum
“The "Badische Landesmuseum Karlsruhe" within the Schloss is a universal museum, in which history and art are combined into a comprehensive cultural view. It always has incredible temporary exhibitions. ”
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