The ABC of Karlsruhe
World-class Art institutions, a thrilling suspension Bridge and Cultural highlights in and around Karlsruhe
Visit world-renowned art institutions and breathe the healthy mountain air of the Northern Black Forest. All this in Karlsruhe! The elegant fan-shaped city, which inspired the street design of Washington D.C., is the ideal destination for culture and nature lovers in southwest Germany. Visitors are spoilt for choice: The Badisches Landesmuseum (Baden State Museum) in Karlsruhe Palace, the Staatliche Kunsthalle (State Art Gallery), internationally renowned galleries, and an active cabaret and alternative scene make for a first-class cultural program. Karlsruhe’s performing arts scene is just as colorful and includes productions by the Badisches Staatstheater (Baden State Theater) and new original productions by the conservatory and the State Academy of Fine Arts.
From former munitions factory to world’s largest cultural institution: The ZKM
The ZKM, Center for Art and Media, is unique worldwide and currently ranks among the top institutions on ArtFacts.Net, the world’s largest online art database. Indeed, it ranks fourth this year, following institutions in New York, Venice, and Paris, and is the top German institution! The unique atmosphere of the ZKM, formerly a munitions factory, today attracts art lovers from all over the world to Karlsruhe to explore interactive, video, and music installations in an exhibition space of more than 15,000 m2. Nowhere else have the normally unrelated genres of painting, installation, and sculpture been so closely associated with interactive and computer-based art forms – and this for almost 30 years. This is certainly a reason to celebrate! The ZKM will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2019 with the exhibition “Writing the History of the Future”, which conveys socially relevant developments from an international and artistic perspective. The exhibition can be explored alone or narrated by an audio guide. Click here for more information!
Not for the faint of heart: The “Wild Line” in the Northern Black Forest
Situated at the northernmost corner of the Black Forest, Karlsruhe is the perfect starting point for day trips to the Northern Black Forest. As from July 21, 2018, those who do not fear heights and want to discover the Black Forest from above can enjoy a special attraction: The WILDLINE suspension bridge in Bad Wildbad. All of 380 meters long and 60 meters high, this superlative pedestrian bridge connects the Sommerberg with the treetop walkway, and boast views that could otherwise only be enjoyed from a helicopter. A particularly interesting feature of the bridge is that it slopes upward toward the middle. Crossing it is just like floating above the Black Forest. Admission is €9 for adults and €7 for children. Click here for more information!
Exhibitions in 2018 and 2019
Mycenae – The Legendary World of Agamemnon (Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe Palace; December 1, 2018, to June 2, 2019)
Experience Mycenaean culture up close at the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe. Located in central Greece on the Peloponnese peninsula, Mycenae was one of the first advanced civilizations of the European continent, reaching its peak between 1600 and 1200 BC. The numerous artifacts on display at the special exhibition, including the famous Schliemann finds from Mycenae and Tiryns, immerse you in the legendary world of Agamemnon.
The 42nd International Handel Festival in 2019 (Badisches Staatstheater; February 15 to March 2, 2019)
Numerous guests from all over the world flock to the International Handel Festival in the fan-shaped city of Karlsruhe every February. The program includes first-class opera productions and unique concerts by world-famous Handel performers specifically produced for the festival.
Karlsruhe lies in southwest Germany and is easy to reach: It only takes an hour to get there by high-speed train directly from Frankfurt International Airport. Situated adjacent to the mighty Rhine River and located at the northernmost corner of the Black Forest, the city is a perfect starting point for day trips to the Black Forest, France, and also Heidelberg. The climate is very pleasant – its location on the Rhine Plain makes Karlsruhe one of the sunniest and warmest cities in Germany. Founded by Margrave Charles William nearly 300 years ago, the city’s plan resembles that of Paris, with streets laid out in rays, like the ribs of a fan, radiating from a central point that is the margrave’s palace. The renowned 18th century city planner L’Enfant liked Karlsruhe’s design so much that he incorporated its elements into his plans for Washington, D.C.