Karlsruhe’s palace gardens cover a large area directly behind Karlsruhe palace. The gardens were laid in 1967 to mark the Federal Garden Show and were designed to resemble an English landscape garden. It is a popular meeting place for picnics, sport, an extended stroll, or just to get away from the stresses of daily life.
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A number of sculptures can be found throughout the gardens, in anything from baroque style to modern art, along with monuments, fountains dating back to different periods of German history, and, of course, the lake. Karlsruhe city dwellers love coming to the palace gardens as a place to relax and unwind.
With its water lily garden, pheasant garden, and the mini-railway (or Schlossgartenbähnle in local dialect), the palace gardens offer plenty of distractions from the hustle and bustle of the city. Ever since 1,645 blue ceramic tiles were laid down in 2000, a conspicuous ‘Blue Beam’ has dissected the meadow in the middle of the park. The tiles mark a former axis leading directly to the palace garden wall and beyond to the state-run ‘Majolica workshops’. Unlike the city gardens, entrance to the palace gardens is generally free. To the west of the palace stands the entrance to the botanical gardens.