The street surface went from hard to harder as I started running
over cobblestones as we started down Kaiserstrasse (Kaiser Street).
I must have been in a daze as I don’t remember passing the
Anyone want to go shopping - believe me I would have loved to stop.
One of Karlsruhe’s most interesting street is the long and
straight Kaiserstrasse. Lined with shops, fountains, restaurants,
and Germany’s famous Konditorei pastry shops, the street has
a bustling energy that you can observe from an outdoor café
while sipping a cup of robust Tchibo coffee. The street opens onto
the Marktplatz, or square, where you will see Margrave Karl’s
brown brick pyramid tomb. Tradition has it that the count named
the city “Karl’s peace” after falling asleep in
the local forest and dreaming of this new, elegant urban center
based on French rationalism. However, the square offers little time
for rest, as it is the location for weekday farmers’ markets,
and weekend festivals in the summer, complete with lively bands
and plenty of good local Moninger beer.