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Karlsruhe: Welcome

The east

 Durlach's city hall and Protestant parish church (picture: Samuel Degen)


Durlach is Karls­ru­he's largest district, with around 30,000 inhabi­tants. Durlach has a series of sights worth seeing in its now completely recon­struc­ted historic centre. Durlach's landmark hill, the Turmberg, marks the edge of the Northern Black Forest and is an ideal desti­na­tion for outings. Lots of green spaces in and around Durlach, in combi­na­tion with all types of housing options, very good shopping possi­bi­li­ties and traffic connec­ti­ons, as well as a wide range of jobs in local businesses paint the picture of a lovely district well worth living in.

 Grötzingen, the painters' village in the city's idyllic east


Grötzingen is Karls­ru­he's eastern­most district which has gained a reputation as a regional painters' village. Toward the end of the 19th century, a group of painters from the Karlsruher Akademie (Karlsruhe Academy) settled here. Located between the Kraichgau hills and the Rhine plain, the romantic village at the edge of the Pfinztal (Pfinz river valley) has always had a strong attrac­tiven­ess. Good city train connec­ti­ons make it easy to reach the city centre quickly. More than 40 clubs make sports and cultural activities available and the proximity to nature offers the appro­xi­ma­tely 9250 inhabi­tants excellent leisure oppor­tu­ni­ties.



Hagsfeld was incor­po­ra­ted into Karlsruhe in 1938. Due to wide-ranging destruc­tion in the Second World War, Hagsfeld, in spite of its 1000 year history, has no historic village centre. Large, newly-built residen­tial areas and an extensive business area charac­te­rise this district of around 7000 inhabi­tants. Life is good here. Hagsfeld offers good infra­struc­ture, and the forest and meadows are right outside the door for residents. Additio­nally, the Allgemeine Sport­ver­ein (General Sports Club) in Hagsfeld offers sports activities and is known for its strong women's soccer team.

 Semi-detached houses in Rintheim (picture: Stadtplanungsamt (City Planning Office))


The former workers' and farmers' village is located in the north-eastern part of Karlsruhe and has retained its village character. It has around 6000 inhabi­tants. Rintheim is easy to reach and quiet. The district has a very active range of associa­ti­ons with at least 20 currently active clubs. Rintheim is also a strong business district. With its Techno­lo­gie­park (Tech­no­logy Park), Karls­ru­he's Großmarkt (central market) and different large retail centres, it has taken over the role of supplying the entire city.

 View from Schloss Gottesaue onto Durlacher Allee (picture: PBe; 2004)


The Oststadt with its appro­xi­ma­tely 20,000 inhabi­tants is a district with perspec­tive. The densely built-up "Grün­der­zeit" borough (late 1900s) is charac­te­ri­sed by a mix of residen­tial buildings and businesses, from corner bakeries and stores to artisan businesses. Thanks to its proximity to both the city centre and the university, this district is a preferred residen­tial area for students. A variety of cultural events and newly-created green spaces increase the Oststadt's recrea­tio­nal offering.