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Karlsruhe: Welcome

The south

 Typical old half-timbered houses (picture: ONUK)

Beiertheim-Bulach

Beiertheim and Bulach are two settlement areas of about the same age in the south of Karlsruhe. Together they form a district which displays a village atmosphere, in which local associa­tion activities and a sense of community are still very much alive and which doesn’t block out innovative influences. They're located to the right and the left of the river Alb. Around 6300 people live in this district. A trip to Europa­platz by bus or train takes about 10 minutes. In this district, one is close to but not directly in the city - and this is what lends it its special charm.


 Ostendorfplatz (picture: City of Karlsruhe)

Rüppurr

Today Rüppurr is the picture of calm and pleasant living. The former single-street village has good infra­struc­ture and a very good connection to the city via the Herrenal­ber Straße as well as to the motorway and the Alb valley. It is located around 15 minutes from the city centre by tram. Lively local associa­tion activities make for great variety. Its location between the Hardtwald and the river Alb offers possi­bi­li­ties for nature outings. Rüppurr is one of Karls­ru­he's most desirable residen­tial areas.


 The Badisches Staatstheater (Baden State Theatre) was built in the spot which used to be occupied by the old market halls (picture: ONUK)

Südstadt

The people inhabiting the Südstadt today appreciate the multi­cul­tu­ral coexis­tence of this district with a share of more than 25% of foreigners, many among them students. And this is true in spite of some gaps in the quality of living conditions and a lack of parking spaces. However, low rents and a lively bar scene, the typical charac­te­ri­stics of the Südstadt, make up for this. After 54% of its buildings were destroyed during the Second World War, some centrally located green spaces were integrated during the recon­struc­tion project. The Südstadt is a lively and multi-faceted district located close to the city centre and has its own charm.


 Aerial picture of the Südweststadt ONUK; 2006)

Südweststadt

Almost 20,000 inhabi­tants live between Festplatz, Karlsruhe Main Station, the Stadt­gar­ten (city park) and Beiert­hei­mer Feld. Life in the Südwest­stadt is pleasant. In the 19th century, building sizes were generous here, as the flats were meant for artisans and the middle class. This district, which includes the zoo, the Stadt­gar­ten and the Günther-Klotz-Anlage (Günther-Klotz-Park) offers a large amount of green space, but is still part of the inner city. Many central insti­tu­ti­ons and facilities such as the Günther-Klotz-Anlage, the IWKA grounds with the Arbeitsamt (job centre), the General­bun­des­an­walt­schaft (General Public Prose­cu­tor's Office), the Filmpalast (film palace) and the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien­tech­no­lo­gie (Centre for Art and Media), the Europa­halle and the Europabad (a swimming pool) are located in the Südwest­stadt.


 Aerial picture of Weiherfeld-Dammerstock: Dammerstock at bottom right. Next to it, a strip of green including the river Alb and the Weiherfeld (photo:LMZ)

Weiherfeld-Dammerstock

With its appro­xi­ma­tely 6000 inhabi­tants, Weiherfeld-Dammer­stock is one of Karls­ru­he's smaller districts. People living here are surrounded by green spaces, well connected to the big city and enjoy the particular charm of a nearly village-like atmosphere. Life here is quiet but not dormant, because there is also space for life's convivial and cultural aspects. The Bürger­ver­ein (Citizen's Associa­tion), the two church parishes and associa­ti­ons offer a multitude of different events. The PSK Post-Südstadt offers a variety of sports oppor­tu­ni­ties. During the summer months, the nearby open air pool Freibad-Rüppurr is very popular. The Oberwald with its animal enclosures is a popular desti­na­tion for family outings and joggers.