Situated in the Upper Rhine valley between the Black and Palatinate Forests, Karlsruhe is one of the warmest cities in Germany with ca. 1800 hours of sunshine per year. More than 300,000 inhabitants, 40,000 of which are students, enjoy this virtually Mediterranean climate. It is easy to get around in this second most bike-friendly city in Germany, either on two wheels or by public transport.
Karlsruhe offers lots of opportunities for day trips and outdoor activities – from relaxing in the many green spaces in the city, including the castle gardens and a zoo, to skiing and hiking in the nearby Black Forest. Karlsruhe is also a city of culture, hosting theatres, music venues and several museums including the famous ZKM (Centre for Art and Media) and the Kunsthalle with its ample collection of paintings. The “Fest”, one of the largest open-air music events in Germany, attracts 200,000 visitors every July. For lovers of classical music, the Händel festival in February is a must see.
Karlsruhe is also a great place for shopping and eating out. The Ettlinger Tor for example is the largest inner-city mall in southwestern Germany. The numerous markets are a wonderful source for local produce and products, some even open in the evening! If you are tired of eating at home, the city is full of cafés, restaurants and student pubs, some even brewing their own beer.
Located in the heart of a steadily growing region of technology and industry, Karlsruhe is an ideal work and study place for national and international researchers. There are in total seven public and two private universities, mostly with foci in the natural and engineering disciplines but some also in artistic areas. As the largest of those, KIT offers students a high-quality education by leading scientists, closely aligned with its international research profile.
Karlsruhe is also an open and welcoming city offering houses of assembly for many nationalities and religious communities. In 2009 Karlsruhe was officially awarded as a “Place of Diversity”. Students from all over the world are comfortable here. Come and experience it yourself!