Karlsruhe | July 28th until September 9th 2018


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The SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE show will go on!

Karlsruhe city council votes to continue event through 2020

Good news for all fans of the KARLSRUHE SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE: The KARLSRUHE SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE light show will continue to be held at the Karlsruhe castle through 2020, following a unanimous decision by the Karlsruhe city council.

In 2018, the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE will be held from July 28th to September 9th. On Saturday, August 4th, no light show will be held due to the KAMUNA museum night, which will be happening inside the castle at the Karlsruhe Museum.

The KARLSRUHE SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE premiered in 2015 in honor of the city’s 300th birthday. Since then, the program has attracted roughly one million visitors to the castle’s forecourt, making the castle the focal point of leisure activity in the city.

So in 2018, we can once again look forward to six weeks of unique and breathtaking light projections at the KARLSRUHE SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE.

Let’s continue to light up the castle in the years ahead!



Artists of SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE 2018 will be announced

Artists 2018



The Hungarian artist group Maxin10sity, who were celebrated by the audiences of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE in Karlsruhe in 2015, 2016, and 2017, will present their new work I’MMORTAL [Immortal/I am mortal] this year. For the new show, Maxin10sity will cooperate with acrobats of the Recirquel Company from Budapest. The company will take on various roles, including the role of Asheem, a circus artist, who achieved immortality after a fall. Acrobatic elements from the contemporary circus repertoire and mapping complement each other to create a new visual genre.

Maxin10sity on the Web:

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Global Illumination

»The Object Of The Mind«

For the first time, the artist collective Global Illumination has created a show for the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE: The Object Of The Mind. In their show, Global Illumination recount the technological developments that have led to our interconnected information society. The show starts in the era of analogue machines and moves on to punch cards, 8-bit processors and PCs, and all the way to artificial neuronal networks. They tell the story of devices, machines, and codes, which initiated the digital transformation and opened a realm for people’s creative imagination. Global Illumination is a collective of visual artists and filmmakers, which creates short-films, animations, video-mappings, and AV performances. The collective vision of Global Illumination is to connect stunning, original visuals with enlightening messages.

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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

Karlsruher Jazz Night Vol. 2
FR |
24th of August 2018

Up to date Big Band feat. Teddy Schmacht, Fola Dada und Thomas Siffling

Just in time for their 30th birthday, the Up to date Big Band will be playing at the 2nd Jazz Night in Karlsruhe, a special anniversary concert.

Get excited for swinging and grooving big band sounds and wonderful anniversary guests.

Such as Teddy Schmacht, who is already famous in Karlsruhe, the wonderful Fola Dada, famous for her gigs with the SWR Big Band and the native of Karlsruhe and by now international successful Jazz trumpet player Thomas Siffling will be sharing the stage with the Up to date Big Band. Together they will kick off a buoyant and joyful weekend.

Show start: 6 pm

The entrance is free.

Folo Dada

Teddy Schmacht

Thomas Siffling
Thomas Siffling

Up to date Big Band

In cooperation with Jazz Club Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe Marketing & Event GmbH and SP-SIFFLING PRODUCTIONS

3rd Foodtruck Convention Karlsruhe
FR | until SU |
7th September - 9th September 2017

Also 2018 in front of the castle at the Karl-Friedrich-Monument


Impressions of Schlosslichtspiele 2017

Photos: Uli Deck



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Parking at the Castle

Parkhaus Schlossplatz


76133 Karlsruhe

Total parking spaces: 346

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Open all day

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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


Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH

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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.

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.