At the heart of Karlsruhe

The Marktplatz is the most well-known square in the fan-shaped city. It forms the core of Karlsruhe’s city centre and is the crux of the urban cultural scene in Karlsruhe, alongside Kaiserstraße. 

The Marktplatz is bordered by some of the fan-shaped city’s most significant buildings, such as the Town Hall, the city church, and the hallmark of the city: the Pyramid, the mausoleum of the city’s founder, Charles III William, Margrave of Baden-Durlach. The beautiful columns at the renowned Stadtkirche and the impressive architecture of the Karlsruhe Town Hall mean that you can enjoy a shopping trip with special flair here.

Here, a traditional department store meets a traditional pâtisserie – a square with history. The markets held regularly here also offer an additional shopping experience, for example at the weekly flower and evening market, as well as the Lichtweihnacht Christmas market.

Latest information

Currently, the Marktplatz is undergoing renovation work as part of a project by the Karlsruher Schieneninfrastruktur-Gesellschaft (KASIG). Up-to-date information on the progress of the construction and a webcam can be found here.

Shops and restaurants

Overview of shops and restaurants in the area Marktplatz

In the area

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

The city of Karlsruhe provides up-to-date information on the corona crisis at 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 (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