Things to see in Karlsruhe

For an overview of interesting places to visit:

ZKM - Center for Art and Media

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Not only the variety of museums and research institutions make the ZKM a one-of-a-kind cultural institution throughout the world.

Art and media art are presented in thematically structured, globally-oriented exhibitions. In an exhibition space extending across nearly 15,000 m², the ZKM | Media Museum and ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art showcase current developments in art and society, and in doing so, cover the entire range of media forms and processes – from oil painting to Apps, classical composition to sampling. Interactive installations that invite public participation draw large numbers of visitors – especially young ones – every year. By presenting art and its production by guest artists on site, the ZKM takes a fascinating approach to the interrelations of production and research, exhibition, communication, and documentation.

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Majolika Porcelain Manufactory

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For a century, the Majolica workshops have been the epitome of traditional craftsmanship successfully wedded with a flair for creative art. Many of its fine ceramic ornaments designed for the Majolica bear the signature of leading artists. Its premium quality works turn into timeless pieces of art, becoming popular collection items – not just among art lovers. The ceramic objects produced by the Majolica Porcelain Manufactory captivate with artistic expression, from small sculptures to unique art, tiles, vases, bowls and even plates.

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Presiding over three buildings on Hans-Thoma-Straße – the main building, the Junge Kunsthalle, and the Orangerie – the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe is one of Germany’s largest and most historical art museums.

Opened in 1846, the Kunsthalle is one of the few art museums to be largely preserved in its original form and with its original interiors. The main building and the Orangerie feature 800 works from the Late Middle Ages up to the present day, while the Junge Kunsthalle houses exhibitions especially designed for children and young people. Our museum’s mission is not only to preserve seven centuries of European art history, but also to engage in a contemporary dialogue with the collection and its discriminating expansion.

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Schloss Karlsruhe - Karlsruhe Palace

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The Karlsruhe Palace (German: Karlsruher Schloss) was built in 1715 as the residence of Margrave Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach. It served for 200 years as the seat of government of the Baden dynasty. In the third quarter of the 18th Century it was fundamentally rebuilt and the interior was repeatedly changed and refurnished.

In 1921 the archaeological and ethnological collections and the holdings of the Applied Arts Museum were united as the Baden State Museum in the former residence.

Until September 17th, the Schlosslichtspiele (Projection Mapping on Karlsruhe Palace) will take place every evening. This is an event worth seeing (see picture below).
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Bundesverfassungsgericht - The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany

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Source: Tobias Helfrich, Wikimedia Commons

The Federal Constitutional Court (German: Bundesverfassungsgericht, or BVerfG) is a supreme constitutional court established by the constitution or Basic Law ("Grundgesetz") of Germany. Since its inception with the beginning of the Federal Republic of Germany, the court has been located in the city of Karlsruhe—intentionally distanced from the other federal institutions in Berlin and other cities.

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Alter Schlachthof - Former slaughtering yard

In late 2006 the slaughtering yard Karlsruhe was closed down and first steps were made to reconstruct the 7 hectare big former slaughtering yard area, which is right in the centre of the city, into a new cultural and creative centre as well as an art trade. Today the creative park Alter Schlachthof Karlsruhe can be found there.

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