Karlsruhe Castle is the largest and most striking building in the city. It is very centrally located, only a few hundred metres north of the centre of Karlsruhe. Behind Karlsruhe Castle is a very large castle garden. To the side (west) of the castle is the Federal Constitutional Court.
The huge yellow-coloured Karsruhe Castle was only built at the beginning of the 18th century. For a long time, until World War I, it was the seat of the dukes and margraves of Baden. After that, Karlsruhe Palace was rebuilt several times. It was hit by bombs during the Second World War and was not rebuilt in its original state until the 1960s. Today, a museum (the Baden State Museum) is housed in central parts of Karlsruhe Palace.
The very large palace garden of Karlsruhe Palace is the most popular park in the city. It was built in the 18th century. Much was rebuilt on the occasion of the Federal Garden Show in 1967. The palace garden railway – popular not only with children – was also built for the Federal Garden Show. A round trip takes about 20 minutes (only in summer). On Sundays, the Schlossgartenbahn is even pulled by a real steam locomotive.
There are 32 streets leading off from the circular palace gardens around Karlsruhe Palace. The street around the palace garden is called Zirkel. The centre of Karlsruhe with the market square and the pedestrian zone is about 100-200 metres south of the Zirkel. The main railway station is about 2 km south of the palace gardens. At the back of the garden of Karlsruhe Castle is the famous Wildpark Stadium, where Karlsruhe SC plays. The Federal Constitutional Court is located to the west of the castle. It is being rebuilt from 2011 to 2014. That is why the judges have moved out for the time being.
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The visitor information at Karlsruhe Castle
Castle district 10
Opening hours 2023 Karlsruhe Palace:
Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on weekends until 6 p.m. Monday rest day.
Entrance fee 2023 Karlsruhe Palace:
Entrance fees to Karlsruhe Castle, including the museums, also vary and can vary for adults, children, students and groups. Entry to the collections usually costs 8 euros for adults, children are free. Special exhibitions cost extra.
Karlsruhe Castle regularly offers guided tours that provide valuable insights into the history and architecture of the castle. Please inquire about tour options and dates during your visit.
The castle has several museums, including the Baden State Museum. Each museum has its own opening times and entrance fees. Find out about the museum you want to visit.
The palace and its gardens are generally accessible to disabled visitors. Ramps and other facilities may be provided to make your visit more enjoyable. For more information about accessibility, you should contact the palace or check the website.
If you arrive by car, you can park nearby. When planning your visit, inquire about parking options and fees. In 2023, in the “Schlossplatz” car park, an hour costs 1.50 euros and the whole day costs 8 euros.
Some museums and historical sites do not allow photography, especially with flash. Please ask the castle staff about their photography guidelines.
Karlsruhe is a city with a variety of other attractions and sights. Plan your visit so that you can also visit nearby attractions and make the most of your time in the city.
Since the information provided here is subject to change, it is recommended that you visit the official Karlsruhe Palace website or contact the palace directly for current information on opening times, entrance fees and other visitor-related questions. Before your visit.