Facts and figures

Karlsruhe, the former state capital of Baden, is located in the southwest of Germany, on the west border of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. The city lies on the east bank of the Rhine river, bordering the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) to the northwest and France to the west.

Geographical information

Position: 8° 24’ 18” E, 49° 00’ 54” N (point of reference: tower of the Karlsruhe Palace). The 49th degree of latitude runs just by the south end of the lake in the city gardens behind the palace. The urban area covers ​​173.49 km² (66.98 mi²) and extends 16.8 km (10.4 miles) in the north-south direction, 19.3 km (12 mi) in the east-west direction. The city boundaries are 82.4 km (51.2 mi) long, of which 11.5 km (7.15 mi) go along the Rhine river bank.



Karlsruhe is famous for its pleasant climate. Thanks to its location in the broad Rhine valley, sheltered by nearby low mountains, Karlsruhe has an average temperature of 20°C (68°F) in the summer and is therefore the second warmest city in Germany. Along with the close by city of Freiburg, the famous fan-shaped Karlsruhe is blessed with the most days of sunshine per year (approx. 140 days). The southern European atmosphere in Karlsruhe is underscored by its unique parks and open areas: almost 60% of the city surface is covered with green.



The market square (Marktplatz) in the city centre of Karlsruhe is 114.9 metres (377 ft) above sea level. The lowest point in the city lies at the port where the Rhine river enters the oil terminal. It is is exactly 100 metres (328 ft) a.s.l. The highest point above sea level is located by the wildlife park in the Grünwettersbach district of Karlsruhe (322.7 metres, 1059 feet).



About 313,000 inhabitants live in Karlsruhe, 51 percent of whom are women.

For more information and statistics, please contact the Bureau for City Development.


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Corona Virus

Important Information

Due to the official measures implemented by the State of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Karlsruhe to limit the spreading of COVID-19, Karlsruhe’s public life is currently facing severe restrictions. Cultural institutions, hotels and events are especially affected by this. Please refer directly to their individual websites for up-to-date information.

The City’s shopping facilities are also very limited at the moment. Only essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies or banks remain open to the public. Opening times may vary from those advertised on this site.

Our tourist information office located on Kaiserstraße 72-74 is closed for the public as well until further notice. You can still reach us either by phone +49 721/602 997 580 or by email touristinfo@karlsruhe-tourismus.de.

The city of Karlsruhe provides up-to-date information on the corona crisis at www.corona.karlsruhe.de or by phone +49 721/133-3333.

On a lighter note: if you feel like clearing your mind, go ahead and continue exploring the beautiful aspects of Karlsruhe through our digital offers at www.karlsruhe-tourismus.de/smartathome (only available in German).

Stay healthy, and stay tuned!

Best wishes from all the staff at KTG Karlsruhe Tourismus GmbH and KME Karlsruhe Marketing and Event GmbH