As we entered Durlach we passed the 7K point, took a right, then
started winding through the smaller streets on the edge of this
The Turmberg (tower) in Durlach, shown in the background on the
mountain in the picture below, is a worthwhile trip. From here you
get a wonderful view over the whole city of Karlsruhe from the viewing
When visibility is good, you can see right across the Rhine valley
and a long way into the Kraichgau region and even France. The Rhine
plains fault zone can be clearly seen from this excellent vantage
point as well. The summit can be reached either on foot or by the
Turmberg's own funicular railway.
Durlach is the oldest part of Karlsruhe - actually Durlach is older
than Karlsruhe and you can still enjoy old houses and narrow streets
there. It was the Grandduke of Durlach who decided to have a new
palace built outside of Durlach - and he picked the location, that
is now known as Karlsruhe.