Karlsruhe isn't probably the most touristy city in Germany. Nor the most photogenic. It lacks the charm and sites of many other German cities with a longer and more rich history. But there is one exception to that, Karlsruhe Schloss. Or palace, if you prefer.
Right in the middle of the city centre, this elegant building is Karlsruhe's best attraction. The city radiates from this point and every principal street in the city centre converges in Karlsruhe Schloss (apparently Karlsruhe was used as model for the street grid of Washington DC). The palace was destroyed during WWII but it has been notably restored and its ample windows, neoclassical sculptures and sober gardens look every inch of the real thing.
Nowadays, the palace is home to the Badisches Landesmuseum, one of the main museums in Karlsruhe. Dedicated mostly to history and anthropology, the museum has a wide collection of historical artefacts that ranges from prehistoric tools to modern Japanese katana swords and kimonos. And everything in between: Greek statues, Roman coins and pottery, medieval furniture and tiles, modern clothes and home apparel, ... It actually makes me wonder how it is possible for some minor museums in lesser-known cities to assemble so many little treasures and put a complete exhibition together.
Once inside the museum, it is possible to climb to the palace tower to enjoy some complete views of Karlsruhe. All it takes is finding the right door and having enough stamina to go up the 150 stairs or so to the most upper floor of the tower. The views weren't particularly spectacular but it was a good workout nevertheless. I guess a little sunshine and some spring foliage on the gardens would have made for a nicer view.
Do you enjoy visiting castles and palaces? Any recommendation?
Have a lovely Wednesday!