1. Why will the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” also take place in 2018?

In 2015, the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” took place for the first time for the city’s birthday and delighted the audience. They turned into a highlight that attracted more than 400,000 visitors. A total of 331.000 visitors in seven weeks came to Schlosslichtspiele in 2016. Due to the positive response and the large demand by the audience in 2017, the municipal council of Karlsruhe decided to organize the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” again until including 2020. In 2018, they will plan the fourth edition.


The “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” are a projection show at the “Schlossplatz” of Karlsruhe. From July 28th to September 9th, 2018, multimedia light projections will be shown on the 170m-wide southern facade of the Karlsruhe castle every evening.

3. Who organizes the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE”?

The Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH is the organizer of the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” and responsible for the implementation. The ZKM | Center for Art and Media will also be making an artistic selection: Prof. Peter Weibel curated the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE 2018” program.

4. When will the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” take place?

Every evening from July 28th to September 9th, 2018.

5. At what time will the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” take place?

The projections are only visible when it is dark. Therefore, the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” start after sunset every day at approximately 9:30 pm in August and at 8:30 pm in September.

6. Where are parking spaces?

There are a sufficient amount of parking spaces in the underground parking garage located directly next to the castle and in the “Zirkel” parking garage (address: Zirkel 25, 76131 Karlsruhe)

7. How do I get to the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE”?

It is easiest to reach the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” by public transportation. From the “Marktplatz” stop, it is only a few meters to “Schlossplatz” by foot.

Arriving by train

From the central station in Karlsruhe, the trams 6, S1, S4, and S11 run to “Marktplatz”. From there, it is only a few minutes’ walk.

Arriving by car

You can reach Karlsruhe via the A5 highway in the direction of Frankfurt/Basel or the A8 highway in the direction of Stuttgart/Mannheim/Frankfurt. After the "Zentrum” (center) exit, you follow the white signs with “Schloss” (castle) written on them. You can park your car (open 24 hours) at the “Schlossplatz” underground parking garage.

8. Do I need a ticket to get in?

No, you do not need a ticket to get in.

9. Where can I find toilets?

Toilet facilities will be provided at the eastern and western side of the castle.

10. Where can I get something to eat or drink?

We will provide a sufficient amount of gastronomic offers on the entire “SCHLOSSPLATZ”.

11. Will seating options be provided?

No chairs or seating options will be provided at the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE”. Feel free to bring your own picnic blankets or camping chairs.

12. Will the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” also take place under bad weather conditions?

With light rain, the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” will still take place. Should we have to cancel the “Schlosslichtspiele” due to bad weather, you will find out on our website www.schlosslichtspiele.info or through our social media channels.

13. Are the premises wheelchair accessible?

From the underground parking garage, you can directly get to “Schlossplatz” by taking the elevator. From there, you have a direct view of the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE”. Please note that “Schlossplatz” is partially covered with gravel, which makes it less suitable for wheelchairs.

There will be wheelchair accessible toilet facilities for people with disabilities.

14. Where can I get more information?

At www.schlosslichtspiele.info and at our event page on Facebook.

15. Will the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” take place every year from now on?

The “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE” will also take place until 2020.

16. How many projectors are there?

A total of 24 projectors, each with 20,000 ANSI lumens, are used at the “SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE”.

17. How large is the facade of the castle?

The castle facade is 170 by 17 meters large, which is equivalent to an area of 10,800 x 1,080 pixels. Therefore, the southern facade of the Karlsruhe castle is one of the largest screens in Germany.