The most important sights in Karlsruhe are:
- Karlsruhe Palace (Karlsruher Schloss) - Palace of the Margrave of Baden-Durlach, erected in 1715
- Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) - Supreme constitutional court for the Federal Republic of Germany, established by the German Basic Law (Grundgesetz)
- ZKM Center for Art and Media (ZKM) - Museum of new media and contemporary art, including a Zuse 22 computer built in 1957. Currently there is an exhibition (“Open Codes”) about analog and digital Codes. It is a “mix of a laboratory and a lounge” and is designed very interactively. The works of artists and scientists are exposed in Atrium 8+9. The entry is free.
- State Art Gallery Karlsruhe (Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe) - Art museum displaying a collection covering the 14th to 20th century
Please have also a look at the official guide for tourists in Karlsruhe that is provided by the Karlsruhe Tourist Information. Maps and bookslets about Karlsruhe are available for download as PDF.
Important sights close to Karlsruhe are:
- Alsace and Strasbourg (Elsass und Strassburg) - French region of Alsace and the city of Strasbourg, which is the official seat of the European parliament and classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO (40 min by train from Karlsruhe)
- Heidelberg (Heidelberg) - The city of Heidelberg, which is a popular tourist destination due to its romantic cityscape, the Heidelberg Castle, and the baroque style Old Town, is located about 50km north of Karlsruhe (45min by train)
Local Public Transport
The conference venue AkademieHotel Karlsruhe may be reached from the city center and the railway station using the line S1 with the directions Ettlingen and Bad Herrenalb or the line S11 with the direction Ittersbach. Please exit at stop Schloss Rüppurr.
The most convenient ticket for the time of the conference is the “City quattro” KVV ticket, which includes 4 tickets that are valid for one day each. Another option are single journey (2 zones) tickets, which are also avaible in batches of four tickets, or the daily ticket “Citysolo”. The most convenient way to buy KVV tickets online is the app DB Navigator, which is also the app of choice to buy train tickets in Germany.
Important: Tickets that have been bought at automated vending machines have to be validated before travelling.
Please check the ETS Electronic Timetabling Service of the Karlsruhe Transport Authority for the current time tables.
Unfortunately, the network plan is only available in German.
Important: There are frequent changes to the routes and time tables of KVV due to construction of the Kombilösung.
In Karlsruhe, the public bike sharing scheme is called Fächerrad (part of nextbike). All information, including real time information about the location of the bikes, is avaiable at http://www.faecherrad.de/en/karlsruhe/. Please use the nextbike app to register (for free) and rent a bike.
How to Get There
If you get to the conference by plane, there are three suitable airports near Karlsruhe: Frankfurt (FRA), Stuttgart (STR), and Strassbourg (SXB). From all three airports, there are frequent train connections to Karlsruhe, which take about 60-90 minutes.
Mobile Internet / Wifi
Due to a German law that has been introduced in 2017, you will have to show your ID/passport when buying a SIM card or you will have validate it online afterwards.
Usually, the most convenient option is to visit a local mobile provider outlet (e.g. by Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, O2) to buy a prepaid SIM card and ask the staff to help you with the validation procedure or verify your identy on-site.
Most of the SIM cards work all over the European Union (free roaming).
However, please verify that roaming is included in your prepaid plan if you plan to travel outside of Germany.
In many parts of Karlsruhe, there is a free Wifi network called KA-WLAN (SSID: KA-WLAN). If you register as a user (it is free), you will receive login credentials that allow for encrypted connections.