Karlsruhe is a relatively young city, founded by count Karl Wilhelm von Baden in 1715. The city has a clear layout of streets which consists of a central circle and streets that go from the center in all directions, like the spokes in a wheel. This layout is supposed to have served as an example for the American capital Washington DC.
The city has almost 300,000 inhabitants.
Karlsruhe is located in the southwest of Germany, on the eastern bank of the Rhine, close to where this river forms the border with France. The city is located exactly on the 49th degree of latitude and this is visually marked by a white line in the City Park. The Rhine valley here is one of the sunniest places in Germany: Karlsruhe lies sheltered between the Black Forest east of town and the Vosges in the west.
Karlsruhe is sometimes called the capital of justice of Germany. Two of the highest German courts are based here: the Bundesverfassungsgericht and the Bundesgerichtshof. Apart from public services, higher education plays an important role in local economy: the city has a Technical University and other institutes of higher education. The largest oil refinery of Germany is also in Karlsruhe.
Baden Airpark is the city airport (officially Flughafen Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden) and is situated about 45 kilometers southwest of Karlsruhe. This airport is easily reachable by rental car via the Autobahn A5 (Karlsruhe-Basel), exit Baden-Baden). The route to the airport is clearly signposted.
Karlsruhe has excellent public transport, which mainly consists of trams and regional trains. Public transport not only brings you to all places within Karlsruhe, but also to destinations further out such as Öhringen (110 kilometers from the city center!).
Traffic and Parking
In the city center you need to pay for street parking. It's better to park your rental car in one of the parking garages in and around the center. An electronic system leads you to the nearest parking garage that has places available. On the outskirts of town are P+R sites where you can park your rental car for free to continue your journey with public transport.
Karlsruhe isn't a big tourist destination. The city does however pull conference attendees. There is a reasonable supply of accommodation and in general it isn't necessary to book your hotel room long time in advance.
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Frequently asked questions
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What do I need to do when picking up a car?
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
Are there any additional costs?
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
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This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you.
How can I change or cancel my reservation?
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When will I get a confirmation of my booking?
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