Karlsruhe is a city in the south west of Germany, in the federal state Baden-Württemberg, located near the French-German border. The former Baden residential capital with its straight shopping streets and the palace with its huge palace garden still spreads some of this certain elegance. The town was built in the 18th century as a “fan city“ (Fächerstadt) with the model of a sundial.
The city was planned with the tower of the palace at the center and 32 streets radiating out from it like spokes on a wheel, or ribs on a folding fan.
The market place has the town hall to the west, the main Protestant church (Evangelische Stadtkirche) to the east, and the tomb of Margrave Karl Wilhelm in a pyramid in the center, where you may meet to go for a coffee in one of Karlsruhe’s hip cafés or bars or visit the weekly market. Karlsruhe is one of only three large German cities in which building ensembles exist in Neoclassicism style.
You will easily find hotels in the city, e.g. the "Best Western Hotel Karlsruhe", which is a comfortable city hotel, located only 1 km/0.6 miles away from the train station. At the congress and fair centre you will find more hotels, such as the "Messe- und Business-Hotel Elite", the "Hotel Ambassador" or the "ALfa-Hotel." All of those hotels are located in the inner city and will be well affordable.
If you are looking for a homelier hotel in the city, you will also have no problem at all: when arriving by train, we recommend you to stay at the "Hotel Tiergarten", located right next to the station and also directly at the Karlsruhe zoo. The hotel has a large street café and a pils (beer) pub.
You will also find small, familial hotels in Karlsruhe city centre, e.g. the "Hotel Astoria" with only 16 rooms or the "Kofflers Heuriger", which is looking like an Austrian mountain hotel, with a total of 17 rooms.