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Founded in 1715, Karlsruhe is situated in southwest Germany, close to the borders of France and Switzerland, and has a population of almost 300,000 residents.
City of Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe - Hidden Jewel in the Heart of Europe

In general, Germany is not known for being the world’s sunniest country. However, the region surrounding Karlsruhe is the exception to the rule. The winters are mild and summers offer the perfect weather to enjoy a day out swimming.

Breathtaking Natural Beauty & Culture

With the Black Forest located in the south and the famous Rhine River to the west, the region surrounding Karlsruhe offers plenty of opportunity for relaxing in the natural beauty of south Germany. The theaters and museums in and around Karlsruhe cater to the cultural needs and one of the largest annual German open-air festivals, "Das Fest", is also held in Karlsruhe.

Thriving Business and Technology

Karlsruhe also is one of the most dynamic high-tech areas in Europe – several major companies, such as Bosch, Siemens, Daimler, and Michelin, have their production facilities here. In addition, a large number of mid-sized businesses in the field of computer science, multimedia, control systems, energy technology, environmental science, and nanotechnology have been established in Karlsruhe.

Beautiful Architecture of "Fächerstadt"

The nickname "Fächerstadt" (Fan City) was given to Karlsruhe due to its unusual architectural design. From the air, it is visible that the Palace, which was the center of cultural activity during the Baroque period, has 32 roads extending outwards in a star-like formation. In fact, this form of architectural design was the inspiration for urban planning of other metropolises, such as Washington D.C.

Excellent Public Transportation System

Karlsruhe´s extensive, convenient, and easy-to-use public transport system does not only cover the city itself, but also the surrounding area within a 70-kilometer radius. Main airports like Frankfurt International Airport can be reached within one hour by train.

Large KIT Campus and Great Student Life

Lush greenery throughout the campus beckons students to relax, linger, or study during breaks and between lectures. All important university facilities, offices, and counseling centers can be reached on foot, by bicycle or with public transportation. There is also a 24-hour campus library with 860,000 books and periodicals.

There are various student housing options available in Karlsruhe. Carl Benz School students enjoy the privilege of living right in the middle of the city by taking advantage of the accommodation provided. Solidarity is fostered when students spend time studying and living together in the 120-room dormitory, where they also make friends for life.

For more information see the homepage of the city of Karlsruhe.