Accompanying Persons Program

  • Europapark
  • Europapark, with 3.7 million visitors last year the largest seasonal leisure park worldwide is together with Disneyland Paris the most popular theme park in Europe. It is located in Rust, between Freiburg and Strasbourg.

    The park is home to 9 roller coasters, the oldest being the Alpenexpress Mine train where one travels at speed through a diamond cave with fire and smoke and the newest being the Pegasus, a fimily coaster which opened in 2006.
    It is split into 14 different areas, typically named after European countries or regions.
    Along with the park and rides, there are countless shows on offer every day. These include an Ice Show, a Gladiator Show, an Acrobatics Show in an Itlianater Theatre, a fully re-created Globe-Theatre where guests can see a light-hearted take on Shakespeare plus many more. The 4D-Cinema also opens during the evening and guests can pay a small fee to watch current blockbusters.

    For further information including directions see Europapark homepage.

  • Holiday Park
  • Smaller than Europapark, but much closer, Holiday Park offers a variety of rides and attrattractions for young and old including rollercoasters, a free-fall tower and scooters. Despite its size the park earned its reputation by introducing new rides (especially rollercoasters). A designated area for younger children offers attractions for the very young.

  • Auto&Technik Museum Sinsheim
  • On over 30.000sqm indoors and 50.000sqm outdoors the Auto&Technik Museum Sinsheim offers more than 3.000 Exhibits including the original Concorde of the Air France and the russian supersonic jet Tupulev TU-144 as well as 300 vintage cars, 200 motorbikes, 40 race- and sports cars, 27 Locomotives, 50 airplanes, 150 tractors, steam engines and trucks.
    You can enjoy 3D-movies in the IMAX movie theatre on a 20x27m screen and for the very young there are playgrounds in the open air grounds.

    For further information including directions see the Auto&Technik Museum homepage.

  • State Art Gallery
  • The State Art Gallery in Karlsruhe displays paintings and sculptures from six centuries, particularly from France, Germany and Holland.
    The Karlsruhe art gallery arose from the collections of the royal house of Baden. Margravine Caroline Luise, who established a "Mahlerey-Cabinet" (cabinet of paintings) in the 18th century, collected numerous Dutch and French paintings.

    Address: Hans-Thoma-Straße 2-6
    76133 Karlsruhe
    Close to castle and Constitutional Court.
    Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 10.00-17.00, Saturday and Sunday 10.00-18.00

  • Museum for Natural Sciences
  • The Museum for Natural Sciences in Karlsruhe dates back to the margrave of Baden's collection of curiosities and items of natural-history. It was developed to an important scientific collection by the Margravine Caroline Luise between 1752 and 1783. The museum's special attraction is the vivarium that was established in 1938. It is home to indigenous and exotic fish, amphibians, reptiles and lower animals in terrariums, freshwater and seawater aquariums. Among the responsibilities of the museum's four scientific departments - botany, entomology, geo-sciences and zoology - are the acquisition, care, dissection, preservation and scientific examination of the specimens.

    Address: Erbprinzenstasse 13
    76133 Karlsruhe
    Take Tram S1/S11, S2, S5, 1, 3 or 4 and get off at "Herrenstrasse".
    Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 9.30-17.00, Saturday and Sunday 10.00-18.00

  • Baden State Museum
  • Most of the extensive collections are exhibited on three floors and a basement inside the Baden State Museum inside the palace: the pre- and early history of the region, Greek, Roman and Near Eastern art, the Margrave of Baden's treasure chamber, the famous collection of Turkish trophies, art and cultural history from the Middle Ages to the modern era. A number of temporary exhibitions are held throughout the year. The palace offers a comprehensive museum-related educational facilities, lectures and regular guided tours. There is a museum shop and café on the ground floor.

  • ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The ZKM presents all aspects of communicating culture via the media. Learn more about the history of interactive Art on guided tours or get to know the masterpieces of Media Art from the ZKM collection.
    The ZKM consists of the following institutes and departments: - Museum of Contemporary Art: collection of contemporary art, selected works from private collections, special exhibitions
    - Media Museum: collection of interactive media art, special exhibitions
    - Media Library: library, video and audio collection
    - Institute for Visual Media: research and development of artistic applications in the field of digital image technologies, artist-in-residence programme
    -Institute for Music and Acoustics: contemporary music with computers/production, events/research/studios/publications
    -Filminstitute: international co-production programme, dvd edition
    -Institute for Media, Education and Economoics: economic and social research within a (new) media context, linking of empirical research with scientific theory ans application-oriented consulting services

    You can easily spend a whole day (or two) in ZKM. However, those of you travelling with children are advised to make a small selcetion of interesting exhibits and spots prior to your visit.

    Address: Lorenzstrasse 19, Karlsruhe
    Take Tram 2 to "ZKM".
    Opening hours:10:00-18:00, monday and tuesday closed.

  • Zoological Garden
  • The zoo is home to over 1000 animals of 150 species from all over the world - from elephants to the small prairie dogs, giraffes and lions, from chimpanzees to sea-lions, flamingos, penguins and cranes. 800 large trees from a wide diversity of countries, 15,000 roses of 300 strains, numerous tulips and summer flowers, shrubs and climbing plants make a visit to the zoo and gardens a very special experience whatever the time of the year. Besides a cable-guided pleasure boat ride that connects the large Schwanensee (Swan Lake) and Stadtgartensee (Municipal Garden Lake) through green parkland, young visitors in particular always find plenty to keep themselves amused. In the children's zoo, for instance, domestic breeds of animals such as sheep and ponies and even the rare Hinterwald cattle from the Black Forest can be scrutinised at very close quarters. And for the very young there is a children's railway and, just beside it, a playground.

    Address: Opposite of Karlsruhe main station
    Opening hours:Monday - Sunday 8:00-18:00.

  • Prinz-Max-Palais
  • Prinz-Max-Palais was built in the 1880s for a wealthy banker, but later sold to Prinz Max of Baden (1867-1929), a liberal aristocrat who was the last Imperial Chancellor of the German Empire before it collapsed at the end of the First World War. In 1920 Prinz Max was one of the founders of the Salem boarding school, Schule Schloss Salem, along with his friend Kurt Hahn, a leading educational reformer in Germany in the 1920. The School was and still is located in Prince Max's Salem Castle, near lake Constance. Prinz Max lived in the Palais in Karlsruhe from 1900 to 1918. The building was seriously damaged in the Second World War, but was re-built and is now a city cultural center which houses a Literature Museum, the City Historical Museum, the municipal cinema an the Youth Library.

    Address: Prinz-Max-Palais, Karlstrasse 10, Karlsruhe
    Phone:+49-(0)721 133 4243
    Directions:One block north of Europaplatz.

  • Federal Constitutional Court
  • Karlsruhe is home of the two highest courts of the Federal republik of Germany: the Federal Supreme Court and the Federal Constitutional Court. The federal Constitutional Court was built between 1965 and 1969 right next to the palace, where - until 1944 - the Court Theatre (the "royal theatre", german: "Hoftheater") once stood. In 1990, right after the reunification of Germany, however, Karlsruhe's tradition as seat of justice was called into question. The state of Saxony wanted the Federal Supreme Court to be in Leipzig while Thuringia felt the Federal Constitutional Court belongend in Weimar. In 1992 the Bundestag rejected the motion from saxony by a big majority. For those interested in reading German, here is the official website of the Bundesverfassungsgericht.

  • Outdoor Swimming Pools
  • There are several outdoor swimming pools in the city of Karlsruhe each one offering pools for young and old. The following is a selection of the swimming pools most easily reachable by tram.

    Rheinstrandbad Rappenwörth
    Offers three larger pools, one of which features artificial waves and a childrens' pool with water-slide. It is located at the Rhine River on the island Rappenwörth.
    Opening hours: 9:00 to 19:00
    Directions: Take Tram 6 to "Rappenwört" or Tram 3 to "Heide" and exit at "Daxlanden Rappenwört".

    Freibad Rüppurr
    A 1950s-style public swimming pool offering two large pools, water fountains and water falls and a large water slide.
    Opening hours: 9:00 to 19:00
    Directions: Take Tram S1 to "Ettlingen" or Tram S11 to "Ittersbach" and exit at "Schloß Rüppurr".

    Sonnenbad (fromerly: Rheinhafenbad)
    Offers one swimming-pool (partially covered), a mushroom-waterfall and a sauna.
    Opening hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (17:00 at the weekend)
    Directions: Take Tram 4E/2E to "Rheinhafen" or Tram S5 to "Karlsruhe Rheinhafen" and exit at "Rheinhafen".

    Further information will follow soon...

  • Shopping in Karlsruhe

  • There arecountless grocery and department stores in the pedestrian precinct (Kaiserstrasse) between Kronenplatz and Europaplatz. Two indoor malls can be easily reached by foot from the university.
    City Malls
    Ettlinger Tor Center
    A larger indoor mall featuriing 130 shops, mainly department stores and fashion stores.
    Address: Ettlinger-Tor-Platz 1, Karlsruhe
    A smaller indoor mall featuring 70 shops, mainly small fashion and jewelery stores, as well as a large computer store and a cheap grocery store in the basement.
    Address: directly at Europapplatz, Karlsruhe

    In Germany shops usually open at 9.00 or 10.00 and close at 20.00. Shops are closed on sunday.

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