The Karlsruhe SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE are a festival for projection mapping. Projection mapping is a form of media art which projects individually adapted video projections onto an object. International artists develop 3D video mappings for the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE, which are projected onto the façade of the Karlsruhe Palace – every evening across several weeks. Overall, this creates one of Europe’s largest digital, audio-visual artworks. The programme changes regularly and there are always multiple shows playing on any one evening. The Karlsruhe SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE first took place in 2015, on the 300th anniversary of the city, and left the audience fascinated. The festival has taken place every summer since, and over a million visitors have come to the Karlsruhe Palace for the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE. The images of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE travel across the world.


The Karlsruhe SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE are a summer event. The next SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE will take place from August to September 2020, every evening after dark. The SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE will start each day after sunset: the projection mappings will start between 9:30 pm (August) and 7:30 pm (September). You will be able to find a detailed programme during the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE at the festival as well as online.

3. Who organizes the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE?

Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH is the organiser of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE and responsible for its execution. The media arts festival is curated by the artistic and academically inclined chairman of the ZKM | Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Professor Peter Weibel. The ZKM was founded in 1989 as a “digital Bauhaus”, with the mission to update the classic arts to the digital age. It is a unique cultural institution that combines research and production, exhibition and performance, collections and archives, and transmission and events in its work. The SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE are funded by the city of Karlsruhe, partners, and sponsors, and by earnings from catering around the palace square.

4. How do I get to the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE?

We recommend that you get here by bike or public transport. Bicycle parking spots will be provided around the palace square. It is only a 2-minute walk from the “Marktplatz” stop to the palace square.

Arrival by train

From the train station “Hauptbahnhof Karlsruhe”, you can take the following trams and regional trains to the “Marktplatz” stop: 6, S1, S4, and S11.

Arrival by car

You can get to Karlsruhe via the A5 towards Frankfurt/Basel or via the A8 towards Stuttgart/Mannheim Frankfurt. After the exit “Zentrum” (city centre), follow the white signs for “Schloss” (palace). You can park your car in the Schlossplatz parking garage (open 24 hours).

The free KA Mobil app will inform you about any traffic-related topics in real-time and will help you plan and optimise your trip to the city centre: mobil.karlsruhe.de

5. Where can I park?

You can find parking spots e.g. in the parking garage directly at the palace or in the “Zirkel” car park (address: Zirkel 25, 76131 Karlsruhe)

6. Do I need a ticket to get in?

No, you do not need a ticket to get in; admission to the event is free.

7. Where can I find the toilets?

You will find toilets provided directly in front of the palace. Most of them are on the left side. Please follow the signs at the event.

8. Where can I find some food or drink?

There will be food and drink available to buy at the palace square. Due to the central location of the event, you may also wish to buy some food or drink in the Karlsruhe city centre before the SCHLOSSLICHTPIELE.

9. Will there be seats available?

There will be some seats set up near the front of the palace square. You are of course welcome to bring your own picnic blankets or camping chairs.

10. Will the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE take place in bad weather?

In the event of light rain, the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE will take place as scheduled. If we are forced to cancel the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE due to bad weather, we will announce this on our website www.schlosslichtspiele.info and on our social media accounts.

11. Is the event accessible?

A lift will take you directly from the parking garage to the palace square, from where you can watch the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE. Please note that the palace square is partially covered with gravel, which may make moving around in a wheelchair a little more difficult.

Of course, accessible toilets are provided for people with disabilities.

12. Where can I get more information?

You can find more information on the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE on our website online www.schlosslichtspiele.info, on Facebook (@schlosslichtspielekarlsruhe), and on Instagram. There will also be an information stand on the palace square during the event, where you can find any important info.

13. How big is the palace façade?

The palace façade is 170 by 17 metres, which corresponds to a surface of 10,800 x 1080 pixels. The southern façade of the Karlsruhe Palace turns into the largest screen in Germany during the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE.