Karlsruhe | August 3rd until September 10th 2017


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“Schlosslichtspiele 2017” as the unique backdrop for your summer event

For the third time, the Karlsruhe castle will shine in a unique way at the “Schlosslichtspiele 2017” and the baroque facade will perhaps become Germany’s largest screen – the backdrop for your events. In 2017, the event area in the eastern naiad forest will also be booked by companies and individuals for company anniversaries, business or network events, as well as receptions. The specialist team of the KARLSRUHE EVENT GmbH offers a customized concept according to your wishes. Thereby, the diverse offer reaches from a champagne reception to a flying buffet up to a classy evening with a cultural framework program.
You can get further information from Lilith Kammerer at or 0721 782045-243, as well as on the internet at www.schlosslichtspiele.info.

Impressions of 2016 and further informations for 2017 here


August 3rd until September 10th 2017

The “Schlosslichtspiele” will continue in the year of the “Heimattage”

The success story of the “Schlosslichtspiele” will continue in the upcoming year. In the upcoming year, the “Schlosslichtspiele Karlsruhe” will take place within the scope of the “Heimattage Baden-Württemberg 2017”.

“The ‘Schlosslichtspiele’ are developing into the most successful brand of our city, besides ‘Das Fest’,” said Head Mayor Dr. Frank Mentrup, showing how impressed he was while looking at the statistics. Their traction is showing effect increasingly far beyond the city borders and is turning Karlsruhe into the summer entertainment center of the entire region.”

This is also confirmed by a visitor analysis that the Office for Urban Development had created on the basis of a weekend survey. According to it, 44 percent of the visitors were from the city, 32 percent from the Middle Upper Rhine region and the Palatinate, as well as 19 percent from the rest of Germany. International guests made up a share of five percent – only one was from the Alsace. The results also clearly show that the “Schlosslichtspiele 2016” unfolded a stronger long-distance effect than the previous year when it was the city’s birthday. The media coverage also plays an important role: press reports, the website, and advertising made more than 19 percent of those surveyed visit – almost double compared to 2015.

Gastronomy and retail also profit from this magnetic effect. More than 40 percent of those who come to Karlsruhe for the “Schlosslichtspiele” also make use of the gastronomic offers. More than ten percent combine their visit with a shopping spree and close to four percent stay overnight.



Zaha Hadid Architects


The London-based architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects is developing the performance of BEHAVIOUR MORPHE for the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE KARLSRUHE (The Karlsruhe Castle Light Festival). BEHAVIOUR MORPHE should be understood as an experiment synthesising geometrical architectural shapes and music with human behaviour (“morphing”). The castle facade turns into the living space of a group of computer-generated people who move, interact with and react to one another. These interactions and motion sequences generate shapes that grow cell structures, which are dependent on biological growth and adaptation. Zaha Hadid Architects’ vision is to develop, through algorithms or associative logics, things that visually open up like a natural environment. “BEHAVIOUR MORPHE presents our newest research results in the area of design and collaborative design. By connecting complex human behaviour with dynamics of shaping and moulding, we are creating a new spatial toolkit that places the ‘user’ at the centre of design and buildings.” (Helmut Kinzler, Zaha Hadid Architects)

Zaha Hadid Architects is an architecture and design studio that has been realising breath-taking architectural projects around the world for more than 40 years, including the opera house in Guangzhou, the science museum phaeno in Wolfsburg, and the main building of the BMW plants in Leipzig. The headquarters of Zaha Hadid Architects are located in London. Star architect and Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid (1950- 2016) gave the office its name. (Photo: Zaha Hadid Architects)

Zaha Hadid Architects on the web:

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Greg Lynn

»rolling eye«

Computer programmes play an essential role for the internationally renowned architect Greg Lynn. He uses algorithms to obtain systematic deviations of common templates. For his work rolling eye, Greg Lynn is using the load-carrying and transport robot Gita from Piaggio Fast Forward. Google’s Jump camera rig is mounted on the robot: 16 circularly arranged video cameras enable seamless 360-degree recordings. The robot will accompany Frank Gehry, Max Hollein, and Aaron Betsky through Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Arizona desert. The moving image resulting from this – the movements of the robot and the 360-degree panoramas – will then be projected onto the 170-meter-long castle façade. “This will be the first time that the movements of the robot and the panoramic recordings captured by the 16 cameras are shown on such a large scale.” (Greg Lynn)

Greg Lynn (* 1964) won the Golden Lion at the 2008 Architecture Biennale in Venice. TIME Magazine named Greg Lynn one of the 100 most innovative people of the 21st century. Greg Lynn is currently a professor of architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna as well as at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture in Los Angeles. He previously taught as a guest professor at the Yale School of Architecture.

Greg Lynn on the web:

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"Structures of Life"

Maxin10sity is a Hungarian artist collective, which was already represented at the past two editions of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE. In the past, the group has implemented projection mappings for the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, the Brandenburg Gate, as well as the parliament building in Bucharest. This year, they are presenting their new work Structures of Life. The development of the first cell marks the origin of all life on our planet. The release of oxygen establishes the condition for the development of higher life on land. With Structures of Life, Maxin10sity turn the castle facade into a type of “archaic ocean”, whose breathtaking underwater worlds show the immense variety of the first forms of life. Maxin10sity tell the story of the origin of life, from the first cell to the human pulse.

Maxin10sity on the web:

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Hani Rashid / Lise Anne Couture

»Hyperfine Splitting 008_Mediations on Jakob’s Ladder«

Hani Rashid holds a Master’s degree in architecture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and worked as a professor for architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Lise Anne Couture completed her Master’s degree in architecture in 1986 at Yale University. She took over numerous academic areas of responsibility, including the Bishop Chair at Yale University and guest professorships at Princeton University, Harvard University and Columbia University. In 1989, Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture founded the collaborative architecture and art practice Asymptote in New York. The forward-looking work of Asymptote has been exhibited worldwide at different events, such as the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2008, and discussed in numerous publications. The artistic focus of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE 2017 lies on new forms of architecture, connecting digital elements and analogue artifacts, in order to give efficient answers to the question how living spaces can be designed in the future. Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture are representatives for these visionary building constructions, which do not necessarily lead to real buildings. For the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE 2017 the architects implemented the work Hyperfine Splitting 008_Mediations on Jakob’s Ladder. The materiality of the building is broken up piece by piece: new structures emerge in the river; real shapes of the castle facade interact with computer-generated lines and models. (Photo: Naho Kubota Photography)

The whole program will be announced soon!


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With its 170 meters of projection surface, the castle of Karlsruhe is perhaps the largest, but definitely the most beautiful screen in Germany. 24 high performance projectors make the castle shine in a different splendor every night – available for everyone free of charge, in the center of Karlsruhe. Already during the first year of the “Schlosslichtspiele”, the “Schlossplatz” – the actual heart of Karlsruhe – was rediscovered by the people of Karlsruhe and enjoyed great popularity among all ages and income groups every night. Over the course of the summer, the “Schlossplatz” became the meeting point for everyone in Karlsruhe as well as tourists. It is a success story that continues in 2017.

Your company has the opportunity to become part of this success as a partner.

Events at the castle

SWR Fernsehen Familienfest
SO |
3. September 2017

mit Max Giesinger, Beatrice Egli sowie den Comedians Christian Chako Habekost und Özcan Cosar

Nach der Veranstaltung starten die SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE!

Veranstalter: SWR Fernsehen / KEG KARLSRUHE EVENT GmbH

Jetzt Tickets sichern: Erwachsene zahlen 10 Euro, Kinder bis einschließlich 13 Jahre haben freien Eintritt.


Verkaufsstellen des ADAC, Geschäftsstellen der BNN, ETTLINGER TOR Karlsruhe, Badisches Landesmuseum im Schloss, Tourist-Information Karlsruhe am Bahnhofsplatz 6, Congress Apotheke in der Ettlinger Straße 5, Notebookpartner in der Ettlinger Straße 9.

Zudem können Tickets über die Sparda Bank Hotline 0711 / 20 06 38 06 bestellt werden.



2. Foodtruck Convention Karlsruhe
FR | bis SO |
8. September - 10. September 2017

Auch 2017 wieder rund um das Karl-Friedrich-Denkmal

Auch 2017 lockt die 2. FOODTRUCK CONVENTION KARLSRUHE mit kulinarischer Vielfalt rund um das Karl-Friedrich-Denkmal vor dem Schloss Karlsruhe. Von vegetarisch über vegan bis hin zu Spezialitäten aus dem Smoker – es ist für jeden etwas dabei. Burger, Burritos, Maultaschen und vieles mehr werden frisch hergestellt und warten darauf, probiert zu werden. Von Freitag, den 8. September bis Sonntag, den 10. September laden Sie die Foodtrucks zu einem kulinarischen Erlebnis der besonderen Art ein. Weiterhin darf man sich an jedem der drei Tage auf die allabendlichen Schlosslichtspiele sowie am Sonntag auf den Landesfestumzug im Rahmen der Heimattage Karlsruhe 2017 freuen. Der Eintritt frei!

SO |
10. September 2017

Innenstadt und Schloss

Bei den Landesfesttagen begegnen sich Trachtenverbände aus ganz Baden-Württemberg. Zudem nehmen auch die internationalen Gruppen der parallel stattfindenden Folkoria daran teil. Das Festwochenende beginnt mit der Verleihung der Heimatmedaille und findet mit dem Landesfestumzug seinen krönenden Abschluss.





Schlosslichtspiele - The Summer 2017 Highlight

Impressions of Schlosslichtspiele 2016

Photos: Uli Deck



Parking at the Castle

Parkhaus Schlossplatz


76133 Karlsruhe

Total parking spaces: 346

Opening times

Open all day

Further parking available?


Staying overnight

Staying overnight

More than a million overnight guests per year speak for themselves.
With more than roughly 6,500 beds in hotels, pensions, apartment hotels, youth hostels, and camping, Karlsruhe offers a wide range of accommodation offers. Something can be found in every price category from 4-star hotels to family-run pensions. Regardless of whether you are in Karlsruhe for business or leisure – use the free hotel booking service provided by the Karlsruhe Tourism GmbH.

Weekend in Karlsruhe
Starting at as little as €74 per person in a double room | incl. the new Karlsruhe Card
Book at: +49 (0) 721 3720 5383

Karlsruhe Card – The best way to explore the city at a low cost and comfortably!
Starting at as little as €18.50, the Karlsruhe Card offers numerous discounts and free services for entrance fees, bus and tram rides. The Karlsruhe Card is available as a 24-, 48- or 72-hour card, starting with the first use of the mobility partner “Karlsruhe Verkehrs-Verbund KVV” or of one of the other partners.
The Karlsruhe Card is available at the tourist information office in Karlsruhe that is located right across from the central station, on the online shop at www.karlsruhe-tourismus.de/shop and in many hotels. More information at: www.karlsruhe-card.de

Luggage Bus


Plans for a luggage bus are moving forward



Your central contact when it comes to big events in Karlsruhe.
Events are a first-class communication tool. Emotionalization and the so-called “sense of unity” play a huge role in this and are used to create lasting bonds, business platforms, and a positive perception of the location. Therefore, the city of Karlsruhe paved the way for the municipal KARLSRUHE EVENT GMBH in 2014.

ZKM Karlsruhe

The ZKM | Center for Art and Media is a cultural institution that is unique worldwide, because it is a place that expands the original purposes of a museum. It is a place of all media and genres, of room-based arts, such as paintings, photography, and sculptures, as well as of time-based arts such as film, video, media art, music, dance, theater, and performance. The ZKM was founded in 1989 as a museum with the mission to perpetuate classic arts with the digital age. That is why it is sometimes also called the “electronic or digital Bauhaus” – an expression that is ascribed to Heinrich Klotz. Furthermore, the ZKM is also home to institutes and laboratories, in which people do scientific research, develop, and produce. Besides making sure that the original main idea of a museum, namely that works of art do not disappear, the ZKM has also taken over the task of creating the conditions for the creation of works of art – by guest artists and also by its employees. That is why it is called center and not museum.