Why high-tech is at home in Karlsruhe

Luftbild Karlsruhe mit Schloss © KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH

Karlsruhe - history meets high-tech and science

Karlsruhe is a lively science, research and high-tech hub that was dreamed up by a regional ruler and designed from scratch in the 18th century. As a major German congress city, it offers meeting organisers state-of-the art venues and is known for its open and friendly atmosphere.

Marktplatz und Pyramide © KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH
Marktplatz und Pyramide © KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH

Technological inventions and green credentials

With a population of just over 300,000, it might be small in comparison to some bigger rivals, however, Karlsruhe’s standing as a top European technological, commercial and cultural location is undisputed. The city in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg has always attracted movers and shakers and is home to inventions that conquered the world: Karl Benz invented the automobile here and physicist and Karlsruhe university professor Heinrich Hertz was the first to prove the existence of electromagnetic waves. Nowadays, many globally operating companies are headquartered in Karlsruhe, benefitting from the local education and research centres that are internationally renowned. In particular, the city is a hub for companies operating in the energy and environment, medicine and health as well as technology sectors, and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the biggest research facilities in Europe.

Karlsruhe is particularly well known for its green credentials and as an official “fair trade city“ is promoting sustainability and the use of fair trade and regional products. It is also considered to be exemplary when it comes to carbon neutrality, sustainable energy use and developing innovative energy concepts. The so-called “energy mountain“, for instance, is a 65 metre high landfill that per year produces around eleven million kilowatt hours of green electricity from landfill gas as well as wind and solar energy.

Naturkundemuseum © KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH
Naturkundemuseum © KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH

Did you know?

Karlsruhe is Germany’s online capital: On 3 August 1984, the first direct e-mail from the ARPANET, the precursor of the internet, arrived in the mailboxes of Professor Werner Zorn and his staff member Michael Rotert at Karlsruhe University’s Department of Informatics, thereby kicking-off the internet age in Germany.

Messehalle Karlsruhe © KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH

Transport & Location

Kaiserstrasse_© KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH
Kaiserstrasse_© KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH

Transport and Location

Karlsruhe is situated on the Rhineland Plain in the southwest of Germany, between the Black Forest, Vosges mountains and the Palatinate Forest. It can be conveniently reached from all directions and is located on a major road and rail intersection. It is served by four airports: Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (25 miles), Stuttgart (50 miles), Strassbourg (62 miles) and Frankfurt (75 miles). The train station is a hub for ICE high-speed as well as IC (InterCity) and EC (EuroCity) links and lies on the ICE route from Hamburg to Basel via Frankfurt with the train journey from Frankfurt airport taking a mere 60 minutes. The comprehensive public transport system makes getting around in town easy and also provides convenient links to Karlsruhe’s trade fair centre.

MICE Infrastructure

MICE Infrastructure

Karlsruhe is a leading trade fair and congress city in Germany and Karlsruhe Messe- und Kongress organises each year events that bring together around 800 exhibitors and 770,000 visitors. More than 300 trade fairs, conventions, cultural events and conferences take place at three locations: the state-of-the-art trade fair centre, the convention centre and the Europahalle. Top events such as IT-TRANS (IT solutions for public transport), REHAB International (international trade fair for rehabilitation, therapy and prevention), WTT Expo (trade fair for industrial heating and cooling technology) or the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) are all testament to Karlsruhe’s appeal for the meetings industry.

The trade fair grounds Messe Karlsruhe which can easily be reached from the city centre offer 52,000 m² of hall and 62,000 m² of outdoor space while the Kongresszentrum convention centre is located in the heart of the city and Germany’s biggest inner-city meeting space of this type with four locations and 20,000 m² of exhibition space. It can host up to 13,000 visitors which also makes it one of the country’s largest convention centres altogether.

Messe Karlsruhe © KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH
Messe Karlsruhe © KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH

Tip for smaller and more exclusive events:
The beautiful five-star superior Erbprinz hotel and spa in Ettlingen, only a few miles south of Karlsruhe. The hotel’s history goes back to the 18th century, and it features a Michelin-star restaurant as well as a number of elegant rooms for conferences and events. 

Things to see & do

Botanischer Garten © KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH
Botanischer Garten © KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH

Things to see & do

While Karlsruhe might lack the quaint medieval lanes and buildings that are much loved in many German towns, the city, founded by Baden‘s Margrave Karl-Wilhelm and designed from scratch, features a splendid palace at its centre with 32 streets radiating out from it like the ribs of a fan. Karlsruhe is also home to a one-of-a-kind cultural institution – the Centre of Art and Media (Zentrum für Kunst- und Medientechnolgie – ZKM) which is in equal parts museum, documentation and research centre as well as a venue for artistic and other events. Under one roof, it brings together the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Media Museum as well as institutes for visual media, music, acoustics, media, education and economics. Located in a former munitions factory, it‘s a must-visit in Karlsruhe.ses in the Speicherstadt.

Key Industries

Karlsruhe. Heart of Europe's Silicon Valley

The city in the Baden region of Germany has an impressive record in three areas: energy + the environment, medicine + healthcare and technology + innovation.

A close-knit network of universities, research establishments and high-tech companies make Karlsruhe an outstanding centre of innovation. The KarIsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is as much a household name for researchers as the Cyberforum is for IT experts.

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