The Upper Rhine Valley, which extends from Basel in the south to Karlsruhe in the north, is that region of Germany with the warmest climate. Especially in July temperatures well above 30°C are typical. The mountains on the east of the valley are the Black Forest and on the west the Vosges mountains.
The pyramid on the market place, a monument for margrave Karl Wilhelm, the founder of Karlsruhe.
Karlsruhe offers a great variety of sightseeing and cultural life. For further information
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Karlsruhe is also famous for its nightlife with many nice bars, pubs and beer gardens (the Summer Institute takes place summer!)
Public transport KVV offers quite cheap tickets for groups of up to five people valid for 24 h. For a weekend trip the so called Baden Württemberg-Ticket might be interesting (28 € for a group of five or less). It is valid for the local trains of Deutsche Bahn and all public transport within the state of Baden-Württemberg and some adjacent routes in Rheinland-Pfalz, the western neighbour state.
In this context the famous “Schwarzwaldbahn”, which runs in a little bit more than 3 hours from Karlsruhe to Konstanz at the Bodensee right through the Black Forest, is a local train.