Friedrichsplatz (Friedrich Square)

Friedrichsplatz is a green city square. Although surrounded by bustling urban life, it provides a wonderful opportunity to take a break from shopping and sightseeing, sitting on a bench in the sun or on the grass under the trees with the beautiful fountain in view and savouring the city atmosphere.

The whole square originally stretched from the "Landgraben" (originally an open drainage canal) and over "Erbprinzenstraße" and on as far "Kriegsstraße". In 1800, the garden, which belonged to a small stately home of the Hereditary Prince Karl Ludwig and his wife Amalie, was laid out in the style of English landscape gardening. At that time, Erbprinzenstraße, a public thoroughfare that divided the garden into two parts, was given two descending passages designed to look like grottos, which linked the two halves underground. After the premature death of the heir to the throne, the margravine had a memorial to her deceased husband built at the southern end of the garden and a building of her own on "Ritterstraße".

As the margraves and later grand dukes of Baden had accumulated a wide variety of collections of coins, weapons, minerals, natural artefacts, antiquities, and books over the centuries, an extension of the court library and scientific collections was planned in the second half of the 19th century. The architect Karl Josef Berckmüller was commissioned to plan a new building and design the layout of the square. The square was enclosed with a new building to house the collections and today's Natural History Museum in the Renaissance style in the southern section of the garden, and private houses on the northern and eastern flanks. The buildings for businessmen and manufacturers were connected on the ground floor, intended for trade purposes, by a uniform arcade.

Most of the buildings were destroyed in WWII. The square became one of the collection depots for rubble until the rows of buildings began to be rebuilt in the 1950s. Today the square is frequently used for events.

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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).

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