Stadthalle The Stadthalle, in the congress centre currently being renovated.

For at least five years now, Karlsruhe has been living in the midst of construction sites in the city centre. The reason: the construction of new underground tracks for the tramway. The construction work is nearing completion, however, with the new lines scheduled for December 2021. But it is not only the tram construction site that is currently disturbing the peace and quiet of Karlsruhe’s residents. Work in the city centre is also in full swing, including the renovation of the Congress Centre.

The Karslruhe Stadthalle – Germany’s largest city-centre congress complex with a capacity of 4,000 people – is undergoing a major transformation. Between now and 2022, 80 million euros will be invested in equipping the Stadthalle with new technologies to be able to organise hybrid events, as well as new lighting and a more contemporary design for the conference and meeting rooms.

While Karlsruhe still has a hard time convincing leisure travelers to explore the city, the city has nothing to prove for business tourism. The city’s trade fairs and congresses already attract 800,000 visitors a year, of which some 200,000 are from the congress business in the city centre alone. If the entire region around Karlsruhe is taken into account, 3.5 million participants attended 23,400 events in 2018.

Ka Drei, Karlsruhe’s brand new business district

And, as Karlsruhe expects MICE business to pick up by 2022, many hotel developments are currently coming off the drawing board, particularly around the main railway station. Behind the main station is Karlsruhe’s newest business district, the Ka Drei. It includes an office tower, a hotel, a shopping mall and a new interregional bus station. The hotel will be branded Intercity, a four-star hotel from the Deutsche Hospitality Group

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. It is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2023 and will have 194 rooms, a restaurant, a bar, as well as a 233 sqm event space and four conference rooms.

Outside the station area is also due to open a Motel One by the end of the year with a capacity of 250 rooms, as well as a Niu hotel. Located in the Oststadt cultural district, the hotel will have 290 rooms, including 120 apartments. Construction is expected to begin this year.