“Karlsruhe is very inexpensive, pleasant and friendly,” remarked the composer Richard Wagner to his wife Minna in a letter from 1861. His observations are ones that still Draw guests to the city, whosemild climate certainly adds to its appeal. Not only does Karlsruhe rank as the warmest and sunniest city in Germany, but its residents are renowned for their friendliness and warm-hearted nature. For its unique image as the ‘fan-shaped city’, Karlsruhe has its founder, the Margrave KarlWilhelm to thank, whose Palace marked the centre of the city exactly 300 years ago.