Karlsruhe Palace

Karlsruhe, Germany

Karlsruhe Palace was erected in 1715 by Margrave Charles III William of Baden-Durlach, after a dispute with the citizens of his previous capital, Durlach. The city of Karlsruhe has since grown around it. The first building was constructed by Jakob Friedrich von Batzendorf. The city was planned with the tower of the palace at the centre and 32 streets radiating out from it like spokes on a wheel, or ribs on a folding fan.

Originally partially made of wood, the palace had to be rebuilt in 1746, using stone. Charles Frederick, Margrave of Baden-Durlach at the time, and who eventually became Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden then had the palace altered by Balthasar Neumann and Friedrich von Kesslau until 1770, adding larger windows and doors, pavilions and wings. In 1785, Wilhelm Jeremias Müller shortened the tower, adding a cupola.

During the Revolutions of 1848, Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden was expelled in 1849 for some time. In 1918, the last monarch Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden had to move out. The former residence of the Rulers of Baden is since used as Badisches Landesmuseum.

Much of the city centre, including the palace, was reduced to rubble by Allied bombing during World War II but was quickly rebuilt after the war.

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Liya Roo (20 months ago)
beautiful but the posters for the art exhibitions aren't that pretty
Prashant Adkoli (20 months ago)
Great place. Also connects to any corner of the city.
KW Peter Koeppel (20 months ago)
The focal point for Karlsruhe's original layout and plan. Destroyed during WW 2 and restored since, it houses the State Museum of the former State of Baden. In that role, it houses and exhibits artifacts related to local history. It also hosts major temporary exhibits. Recent such exhibits offered insights into the Etruscans, Ramses II, etc. Always worth a visit. Visitors are expected to leave bags or backpacks in lockers at the entrance - pack accordingly!
C. E. (20 months ago)
Beautiful and very historic. During summer there are alot of people hanging out here, walking, jogging and strolling. They also have lightshow which is one of a kind. It gathers the crowd. It is a landmark of Karlsruhe.
Belle 0412 (21 months ago)
A view that’s worth seeing again. The front garden is beautiful and it really fits the palace you see behind it. The palace almost transport u to Buckingham since it’s appearance is so alike, and in my opinion that’s really amazing cos you feel the mix of the two nations together united by their palaces. I really felt great just by looking at its design and colors that fit perfectly in every time of the year. Inside it has a history museum and honestly I didn’t like it that much. In my opinion the price does not fit its worthiness, especially if you’re not a native German or fluent on the language since everything is written in German. Kind of disappointing cos if it weren’t for that I would probably give a five star, cos I love History. In conclusion, I would come back again cos the surroundings are really beautiful, as well as to see this magnificent palace again, but i maybe during summertime or spring so I would be able to spend more time in the gardens.
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