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Karlsruhe Palace, Karlsruhe

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Karlsruhe Palace was erected in 1715 by Margrave Charles III William of Baden-Durlach, after a dispute with the citizens of his previous capital, Durlach. The city of Karlsruhe has since grown around it. It is now home to the main museum of the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe.HistoryThe first building was constructed by Jakob Friedrich von Batzendorf. The city was planned with the tower of the palace (Schloss) at the centre and 32 streets radiating out from it like spokes on a wheel, or ribs on a folding fan, so that a nickname for Karlsruhe in German is the "fan city" (Fächerstadt).Originally partially made of wood, the palace had to be rebuilt in 1746, using stone. Charles Frederick, Margrave of Baden-Durlach at the time, and who eventually became Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Baden then had the palace altered by Balthasar Neumann and Friedrich von Kesslau until 1770, adding larger windows and doors, pavilions and wings. In 1785, Wilhelm Jeremias Müller shortened the tower, adding a cupola.During the Revolutions of 1848, Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden was expelled in 1849 for some time. In 1918, the last monarch Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden had to move out. The former residence of the Rulers of Baden is since used as Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe.
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  • We got here too late to go inside, but we wandered around outside the impressive palace.. There are lots of statues all around the gardens at the gardens at the back are even more impressive. Each... 
    We got here too late to go inside, but we wandered around outside the impressive palace.. There are lots of statues all around the gardens at the gardens at the back are even more impressive. Each...  more »
  • Many German cities are little appreciated. Mind you, there’s so many of them. Karlsruhe is a bit majestic. 
    Many German cities are little appreciated. Mind you, there’s so many of them. Karlsruhe is a bit majestic.  more »
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  • Friendly staff and well laid out exhibitions. Didn't realize how big the Palace was with multilevel floors filled with history. Wear comfortable shoes. Definitely worth a visit. We parked in the paid parking under the castle, with a quick walk to the palace you get to see the full exterior walking to the entrance.
  • Big disappointment. The building itself is beautiful. We were expecting nicely renovated rooms inside and to be able to see what the palace used to look like originally. Instead it’s a bloody museum. Couldn’t see anything from the original interior. The exhibitions themself were placed in a very boring way. You can make a museum interesting but here I feel like didn’t even try. Top of everything nothing was translated to English in the exhibition. You go to a museum in Czechia or Poland or anywhere you see English descriptions. All together, beautiful building turned into a boring museum. Felt like I was in a school field trip again but I volunteered to do so

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