Historic landmarks, fascinating galleries and fun family activities – there’s something for everyone to enjoy on short breaks in Karlsruhe. Start your stay off with a walk around Karlsruhe Zoological Garden before feeling inspired at the ZKM Center for Art and Media or climbing up the Turmberg hill – which is one of the most popular activities in Karlsruhe! Plus, thanks to our central location, free Wi-Fi and super-comfy beds, our Karlsruhe hotel is the perfect base for sightseeing in Baden-Württemberg.
Hotels in Karlsruhe
Places like Karlsruhe
The next time you’re planning weekend breaks in Germany, why not consider extending your trip and visiting other cities nearby? Just an hour and a half’s drive away from Karlsruhe you’ll find our Stuttgart hotels near top attractions like Wilhelma and the Porsche Museum, or why not explore popular places to visit in Frankfurt like Alte Oper?
Things to do in Karlsruhe
Visit cultural attractions
Good news for art lovers – whether you’re on romantic breaks in Baden-Württemberg or solo trips around Germany, this city has plenty of cultural spots for you to explore. Start your stay off with a visit to the ZKM Center for Art and Media, an exciting arts and exhibition space that will leave you feeling inspired. Or, if you’re a fan of the classics, a trip to the State Art Gallery – or Staatliche Kunsthalle as it’s known in German – is a must thanks to its large collections of European art.
Discover Karlsruhe’s history
Historic Karlsruhe Palace should be right at the top of your list of places to visit in Baden-Württemberg. This 200 year old castle is steeped in local history, and also houses the Baden State Museum, a top attraction in its own right that’s packed with fascinating exhibits and displays! If you can, don’t miss out on climbing up the central tower for a birdseye view of the city‘s famous, fan-like design and the gorgeous castle gardens.
Explore the great outdoors
Take a break from exploring the top museums in Karlsruhe and discover the city’s best outdoor attractions! Turmberg is one of the most popular landmarks in Baden-Württemberg, and it’s well worth the climb to see the famous castle ruins and some impressive city views. Afterwards, why not go and meet the animals at the Zoological Gardens Karlsruhe or spend a relaxing afternoon at the Karlsruhe Botanical Garden?
What are the nearest train stations in Karlsruhe?
Karlsruhe Central Station – or Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof – is just a 10-minute walk away from the Zoological Gardens Karlsruhe, and only a five-minute walk away from our Premier Inn Karlsruhe City Am Wasserturm hotel. One of the easiest ways of getting around Baden-Württemberg is by tram and S-Bahn, and you’ll find plenty of handy stops dotted throughout the city.
What are the best places to eat in Karlsruhe?
You can look forward to a wide range of tasty dishes when you’re dining out in Karlsruhe. Meat lovers won’t want to miss local delicacies like Schwarzwälder Schinken – Black Forest ham – or tasty German sausages, or why not try the fresh local pasta known as Spätzle? Baden-Württemberg breaks wouldn’t be complete without tasting the world-famous Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte or Black Forest cake, so make sure you save room for dessert! Plus, when you’re looking for great places to eat breakfast in Karlsruhe, head straight to one of our hotels in Baden-Württemberg and tuck in!
What are the best things to do in Karlsruhe at night?
You’ll find all kinds of fun things to do in Karlsruhe when the sun goes down. As well as having a whole host of local bars and nightclubs to choose from, you can also catch exciting live events at venues like Die Stadtmitte and Konzerthaus Karlsruhe. Fancy a quieter night? Head back to our Karlsruhe hotel for laid-back drinks at our bar!
What family friendly activities can you do in Karlsruhe?
You’ll have plenty of activities to choose from when you’re looking for things to do with the kids in Karlsruhe. The Zoological Gardens Karlsruhe and Oberwald Zoo are two of the most popular family attractions in Baden-Württemberg – plus, there’s only a 20-minute drive between them, so you could visit two zoos in one afternoon! The whole family will love a trip to the Europabad water park too, thanks to its mix of exciting slides and activities.
What outdoor activities can you do in Karlsruhe?
Make time to soak up the city views throughout your short breaks in Baden-Württemberg! There’s the famous Turmberg hill to visit and, if you don’t fancy climbing up the hill, why not hop on the Turmbergbahn? It’s the oldest city cable car in Germany – so an attraction in its own right! – and will take you right up to the hilltop for some incredible views of the city and the Black Forest. The Sommerberg treetop walk in Bad Wildbad is a must for scenery-lovers and thrill-seekers alike – it’s a spiralised observation tower which treats visitors to some unforgettable views of the forest.
What indoor activities can you do in Karlsruhe?
Whatever the weather in Karlsruhe, you’ll find all kinds of activities to keep you entertained. From The State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe to the incredible Staatliche Kunsthalle, visiting the best museums in Baden-Württemberg is a great way to start your stay. Plus, a trip to the ZKM Center for Art and Media is an ideal way to spend days out in Karlsruhe thanks to its inspiring mix of installations and live performances.