EttlingenEttlingen, tucked between Karlsruhe and the Black Forest, is a small city with a history dating back to the Roman Empire.
By trainKVV tram lines S1 and S11 run to Karlsruhe every 10 minutes or better, connecting to long distance trains at the central station (Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof). Tickets are €2.20 to the central station and points south, and €2.80 to anywhere else in Karlsruhe. There are several stops in Ettlingen, of which Ettlingen Stadt is the most central. Some trams end at this station; during off hours, two-car trains will often detach here, with only the first car continuing south.
By carTake the Ettlingen exit (47, "Karlsruhe-Rueppurr/Ettlingen") from the A5 autobahn, immediately south of the A8 interchange.
Parkhaus Sparkasseaddress: Neuer MarktA paid underground parking structure with easy walking access to the Altstadt
Although Ettlingen has expanded over the years, the area of greatest interest is compact and easily explored on foot. Bus service to the outlying districts (mostly residential and industrial) leaves from the west side of Ettlingen Stadt tram station.
The old city, spanning the Alb River, dates largely from the 1700s, following its near-total destruction in the Nine Years' War. Today it's a mixture of classic architecture and modern shops, retaining its charm and pleasant to walk around. Points of interest are marked with blue plaques in German, English, and French.
address: Marktstraße 2
address: Marktplatz 2, 76275 EttlingenFarmer's Market in front of the Rathaus (Town Hall) with several stands selling fresh local produce, meat, flowers, and bratwurst to go.
address: Seminarstr. 10
phone: +49 7243 201 10address: Talstr. 2Regional specialities and Swiss-style fondue with cheese or meat
phone: +49 7243 77336address: Albstr. 29Free wifi. Irish Scottish whiskies
address: Rheinstr. 4Live music on Sundays. This two-level brewpub with a terrace in the back offers growler fills of their popular Pilsner as well as a rotating specialty beer. Major credit cards accepted.
phone: +49 7243 3220address: Rheinstraße 1Pricey hotel and spa.
phone: +49 7243 330-0address: Kronenstraße 13Modern, smallish rooms in the center of town, within walking distance of Ettlingen Schloss/Ettlingen Stadt stations. The multilingual staff are efficient and helpful. Breakfast included. Some parking is available in an underground garage, for an additional €6.50/day.