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Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe was created on the drawing board -- this fact, which many cities in the world record proudly in their history books, is every day perfectly visible in the third-largest city in Baden-Württemberg. All you have to do is stroll through one of the 32 streets and avenues, all of which resolve in a common destination -- the Karlsruhe Castle. "Just like a sundial," was Margrave William's idea for his residential city -- to this day, the fanned-out sunbeam streets of earn Karlsruhe the name the "fan city."

Medieval alleyways you will not find in the first fan-shaped city, conceived in 1715, of course. But its marketplace with the Evangelical Church and the Town Hall represents one of the finest examples of classical plaza design in Europe. Modernity is here too, represented most prominently by the Walter Gropius-designed housing development on the Dammerstock site to the south of the city (once again, a city district was born on the drawing board). And the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) looks into the exciting future of building and living together.

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  • The visit to Karlsruhe started from the Stadtgarten(city park) that has also a zoo...well after having had a safari in 1997 in Kenya, I was not so interested to see the animals, but after so many years I could see again some of them, even if I don't like they are not free like in the national parks of Africa. The image of this little fox trying to scratch the wood to escape is clear: . Besides this, a gorilla and a lion sleeping, the interesting part of the Stadtgarten was the Stadtgartensee where you can have a boat trip for 3,5 euros per person ( beyond the 6,5 euros for the entrance to the park). Pelicans and swans swim here and from the boat you can see Indian elephants.The city does not have the artistic heritage of some cities around like Strasbourg but every corner is decorated by flowersNice square is the Marktplatz, with some interesting buildingsbut most of all one of the symbols of Karlsruhe: the Pyramyde , that contains the grave of Karl Wilhem of Baden-Durlach, founder of the city.The most important landmark, however, is for sure the Castle, built in Baroque style by Karl Wilhelm taking as model the Royal Palace of Versailles. To me the Castle reminded mostly the Residenz in Wurzburg.
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  • It's a beautiful town, it has its own charm.
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