Looking for inspiration for a weekend in Karlsruhe? Read our tips below on the things to do in Karlsruhe, Germany plus a sample weekend itinerary, where to stay, how to get around, and the best restaurants to try!
Karlsruhe is one of the cities in Southwestern, Germany. It is famous for its Karlsruhe palace that was built in 1715. But of course, Karlsruhe Palace is not the only attraction that it has for us travelers! There are a lot of places that this magnificent city has to offer. For you to find out what are these places, please keep on reading and see what attraction suits your taste.
3 Day Weekend Trip Guide to Karlsruhe, Germany
DAY 1 – Weekend Guide to Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe Palace– A trip to Karlsruhe won’t be complete if you will not spend time on one of its famous attractions, the Karlsruhe Palace. Witness the beautiful architecture of the palace, and walk through its large garden.
Karlsruhe Botanical Gardens– Never miss the chance to see this peaceful garden. See trees like banana trees, palm trees, and a lot of awesome greenhouses. Even if you’re not interested in plants, this place should be part of your bucket list.
DAY 2 – Weekend Guide to Karlsruhe
Turmberg– Your second day should be a day full of fun. Visit Turmberg, a hill that will give you the chance to see the city of Karlsruhe. You can ride a car or a mountain train to get to the top. A fun and exciting trip await you.
ZKM | Center for Art and Media– A paradise for art and media lovers! This contemporary museum is one of the most popular attractions in Karlsruhe. It is a collection of exhibitions that include art and geography.
DAY 3 – Weekend Guide to Karlsruhe
Pfarrkirche St. Stephan (St. Stephen Church)– On your last day, it is recommended to see the St. Stephen Church. Be stunned with its unique architecture and gorgeous statues inside. Definitely a must place to visit!
Where to Stay in Karlsruhe, Germany
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Where to Stay in Karlsruhe, Germany if you’re a backpacker
A 5-minute walk from Karlsruhe Palace and the Botanical Gardens, this guest house offers free WiFi and a shared kitchen. Trams and S-Bahn trains are just a 2-minute walk away. A desk and flat-screen TV with cable channels are provided in every room at the Gästehaus Kaiserpassage. Rooms are all non-smoking, include a fan, and some feature a private balcony or terrace. Shared bathrooms can be found in the hallway. Guests can prepare meals in the Gästehaus’s fully equipped kitchen and can relax on the courtyard terrace.
Price: Starts at $24 per night for Single Bed in Dormitory Room, including taxes and charges, and it’s non-refundable.
Centrally located in Karlsruhe, this accommodation offers spacious rooms with free WiFi. All rooms at Bed & Breakfast Karlsruhe are individually decorated, with wooden floors and bold color schemes. Each has access to a shared bathroom with a shower. Guests can prepare meals in the shared kitchen at Bed & Breakfast Karlsruhe. Restaurants, shops, and bakeries can all be found within 200 m. Karlsruhe’s center is 2 km from the property. On Sundays, guided tours of the town and the surrounding area are offered.
Price: Starts at $33 per night for Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room, including taxes and charges, free breakfast, and it’s partially refundable.
Situated in Karlsruhe and within 1.4 km of Karlsruhe Convention Center, area24|7 Europaplatz has a shared lounge, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi. The accommodation features a shared kitchen, an ATM and luggage storage for guests. The nearest airport is Baden Airpark, 46 km from area24|7 Europaplatz, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
Price: Starts at $40 per night for Single Capsule front Entrance, including taxes and charges, and it’s non-refundable.
Where to Stay in Karlsruhe, Germany if you’re on a budget
This hotel in Karlsruhe is peacefully located just 200 m away from the B36 main road. It offers free Wi-Fi, and excellent public transport links provide a fast and easy link to the city center. The Hotel Maurer’s quiet and comfy rooms ensure an undisturbed night’s sleep. You will also benefit from a tasty daily breakfast buffet, a cozy bar, free parking spaces, and a friendly atmosphere. Guests at the Hotel Maurer can enjoy many recreational activities in the local area.
Price: Starts at $54 per night for Single Room, including taxes and charges, and it’s partially refundable.
This 3-star apartment hotel in Karlsruhe offers modern apartments with a kitchenette and daily breakfast options. The apartments at the acora Hotel und Wohnen Karlsruhe feature a kitchen area, a laptop safe and Wi-Fi. Some have a private balcony. Guests staying at the acora Hotel und Wohnen Karlsruhe can choose among breakfast buffets and lunch packs. Fresh bread rolls are delivered to guests’ rooms on request.
Price: Starts at $60 per night for Single Room, including taxes and charges, add $13 for breakfast, and it’s partially refundable.
This 3-star hotel overlooks the zoo in central Karlsruhe and lies opposite Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof train station. It offers rooms with free WiFi. The rooms at the Hotel Am Tiergarten come with a TV and radio. Many offer views of the zoo. During the summer, guests are welcome to enjoy breakfast and drinks on the hotel’s large terrace. There is a vending machine at the property. Draught beers and regional wines are served in the Hotel Am Tiergarten’s bar.
Price: Starts at $66 per night for Single room, including taxes and charges, add $12 for breakfast, and it’s free cancellation.
Where to Stay in Karlsruhe, Germany if you want Luxury
Located in the heart of Karlsruhe, the 4-star Kaiserhof is just a 5-minute walk from the conference center, castle and main shopping area. Free WiFi and free rental bicycles are available. A bathrobe and slippers await guests in the Kaiserhof Hotel’s bright rooms, which also feature tea and coffee facilities and satellite TV. Telephone calls to landlines in several countries are included, as is free use of the minibar until it is refilled. The rooms were renovated in January 2017. Some rooms also offer air conditioning. A complimentary, rich buffet breakfast is served each morning.
Price: Starts at $104 per night for Classic Single Room, including taxes and charges, free breakfast, free cancellation, and no prepayment needed, you can pay at the property.
This historic 4-star hotel in Karlsruhe was built in 1914 and offers a relaxing and wellness area and free Wi-Fi. It overlooks Karlsruhe Zoo and lies opposite the main train station. The spacious rooms of the Schlosshotel Karlsruhe include air-conditioning, a minibar and cable TV with 2 free Sky channels. The Schlosshotel’s breakfast buffet is available each morning in the Zum Großherzog Restaurant. The Schwarzwaldstube restaurant offers a range of fresh seasonal dishes from the region. There is also a fitness room at Schlosshotel Karlsruhe for guests to enjoy.
Price: Starts at $114 per night for Single Room, including taxes and charges, free breakfast, and it’s non-refundable.
This 4-star hotel in central Karlsruhe offers modern rooms with Wi-fi internet, on-site parking and a spa and fitness area. It lies just steps from the Kongresszentrum S-Bahn Train Station. All the air-conditioned rooms at the Novotel Karlsruhe City feature a minibar and satellite TV. Spa facilities include a sauna, steam room, and a modern fitness studio. The regular breakfast buffet is served until 13:00 on Sundays. The Novotel Karlsruhe’s Majolika restaurant with a summer terrace serves Mediterranean cuisine. Guests are welcome to relax with a drink in the hotel’s Newsbar.
Price: Starts at $95 per night for Standard Double Room, including taxes and charges, add $23 for breakfast, and it’s partially refundable.
List of restaurants that you can try while in Karlsruhe, Germany
Serves German cuisines. You can get full by eating a lot of delicious German dishes in this buffet restaurant.
Operating hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Sun) and 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Mon-Sat)
Address: Sophienstrasse 80, 76135, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
It offers German cuisines, a restaurant that offers a great choice of food and wine. Never miss this one when you’re in Karlsruhe.
Operating hours: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Sun) and 4:45 PM – 11:00 PM (Mon-Sat)
Address: Bruchsaler Str. 22, 76356 Weingarten, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
A bar that serves German, European, and Central European dishes. Enjoy a lot of different food choices while enjoying a relaxing atmosphere.
Operating hours: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Sun-Sat) and 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM (Mon-Fri)
Address: Adlerstr. 34 | Lidellplatz, 76133, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
A Mediterranean, European, Spanish, and Greek restaurant that serves seafood. If you love Greek cuisine, then this is a must-visit.
- 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM (Sun)
- 5:30 PM – 12:00 AM (Tue-Sun)
- 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM (Tue-Fri)
Address: Ritterstr. 19, 76137, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Serves Mediterranean, European, and Greek cuisine. Eat very delicious seafood, and experience friendly staff as you eat in this restaurant.
Operating hours: 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM / 5:30 PM – 12:00 AM (Tue-Sun)
Address: Welfenstr. 18, 76137, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
How to go to Karlsruhe, Germany from the UK
Via Ryanair: (one way)
*From London Stansted to Karlsruhe, Germany
Ticket Price: £24.99
* Prices are subject to change. You can visit Skyscanner for more details about the ticket prices.
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