Karlsbad (Baden)

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Coat of arms of Karlsbad
Coat of arms
Karlsbad  is located in Germany
Location of Karlsbad within Karlsruhe district
Karlsbad im Landkreis Karlsruhe.png
Coordinates: 48°54′52″N 08°30′23″E / 48.91444°N 8.50639°E / 48.91444; 8.50639Coordinates: 48°54′52″N 08°30′23″E / 48.91444°N 8.50639°E / 48.91444; 8.50639
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Karlsruhe
District Karlsruhe
 • Mayor Rudi Knodel
 • Total 38.01 km2 (14.68 sq mi)
Elevation 264 m (866 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 15,807
 • Density 420/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 76307
Dialling codes 07202, 07248
Vehicle registration KA
Website www.karlsbad.de

Karlsbad is an administrative area in the district of Karlsruhe, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Geography and history[edit]

The municipality is situated on the Alb-Pfinz Plateau in the northern Black Forest, 8 km east-southeast of Ettlingen, 13 km southeast of Karlsruhe, and 15 km west of Pforzheim.

Constituent villages[edit]

The municipality of Karlsbad consists of 5 previously independent single-village municipalities united by the municipality reform in 1971:[2]


Langensteinbach The largest and central village in Karlsbad, where the main administration offices are situated. Whereas each village has its own primary school, all of Karlsbad's secondary schools (Gymnasium, Realschule and Hauptschule) are located in Langensteinbach. Langensteinbach also counts with a famous hospital, a special school for disabled people and even public swimming pools.


Auerbach Although excavations proofed that the area where Auerbach is located was already settled by 90 A.D., the village was first mentioned in documents in 1278. Auerbach is one of the minor villages of Karlsbad. As any of Karlsbad's districts it has its own civic center with local administration offices dealing with topics regarding the village rather than the whole municipality. Furthermore it features a Kindergarten, a primary school, a big sports' and events' hall (a so-called "multi-purpose hall") and soccer fields for the local football club.


Mutschelbach Together with Auerbach, Mutschelbach is one of the smallest villages in Karlsbad. Its first documentary evidence can be dated back to 1278. In 1936 the previously independent, but almost merging, Waldensian villages Upper, Lower and Central Mutschelbach were united to a single municipality called Mutschelbach. In the context of the municipality reform Mutschelbach was then integrated into the newly created municipality Karlsbad.


Spielberg Although it was first mentioned in documents in 1281 settlers from Grünwettersbach, nowadays a district of Karlsruhe, are told to have set over to the village - back then still called Spilberc - in 1161. Having been part of Württemberg previously it was sold to Baden-Durlach in 1603. For the following 200 years politically it belonged to Langensteinbach until 1803. In 1971, in the context of the municipality reform, this union was refreshed as Spielberg was integrated into Karlsbad.


Ittersbach The first documentary mention reaches back to 1232, although back then known as Uitilspur. Throughout the history Ittersbach switched ownsers several times until the Thirty Years' War when it became part of Baden once and for all times. In 1854 the first industries settled down in Ittersbach and after World War II the economic situation improved even more as modern industries supplying both the German and the international market arrived at the industrial park about 2 km outside of the village. Among the companies acting on global markets and located in Ittersbach's industrial park are Harman Becker (vehicle audio) or Nero AG.




In the north Karlsbad borders to Karlsruhe and its neighbourhoods Stupferich and Palmbach. Both of these neighbourhoods form part of a group of neighbourhood known as Karlsruhe's Bergdörfer (mountain villages). Most of Karlsruhe is situated within the Upper Rhine Plain, not so the Bergdörfer: They are situated on the mointains of the northern Black Forest and the western Kraichgau.[3] They share the autobahn exit Karlsbad, situated within their borders, with their neighbour municipality and are connected with it through the Landesstraßen L609 and L623.

  • Stupferich

The village Stupferich is a southeastern neighbourhood of Karlsruhe. Until it was integrated into the city of Karlsruhe in 1972 it was an independent municipality. In 2000 the village celebrated its 900th anniversary. In December 2011 it had about 2,650 inhabitants.[4]

  • Palmbach

The village Palmbach is an eastern neighbourhood of Karlsruhe. Until it was integrated into the city of Karlsruhe in 1975 it formed part of the municipality Wetterbsbach composed of the villages Palmbach and Grünwettersbach.[5] Palmbach was founded in 1701 by 28 Waldensian refugee families consisting of 111 people from La Balme in the French Alps on an area of 306 acres belonging to Grünwettersbach. They called their settlement La Balme, just like the place, they came from, which turned into the village's current name still during the 18th century.[6] In March 2012 Palmbach had about 1,800 inhabitants.



The western frontier of Karlsbad leads to Waldbronn, a municipality in the district of Karlsruhe at the borders of the Alb-Pfinz Plateau and within the Alb Valley with some 12,500 inhabitants. Just like Karlsbad, this municipality is also product of the municipality reform in Baden-Württemberg. Its current constituent villages and former independent municipalities joined the former single-village municipality Reichenbach:

  • Etzenrot and Neurod (joined in 1971)
  • Busenbach (joined in 1972)

In 1974 the enlarged municipality Reichenbach was renamed and received the name Waldbronn



The southwestern frontier of Karlsbad borders to Marxzell, a municipality in the district of Karlsruhe with about 5,300 inhabitants (as of December 2011) consisting of the former independent municipalities

  • Burbach:

Burbach, Marxzell (also part of the other two former municipalities], Metzlinschwander Hof and the houses Fischweier and Weimersmühle.

  • Pfaffenrot:

Pfaffenrot and Gertrudenhof

  • Schielberg:

Schielberg, "Bergschmiede, Hotel", Schlotterhof, Steinhäusle and Frauenalb



The municipality Remchingen in the Enz district borders to Karlsbad on the northeastern frontier of the last-mentioned. It is located within the Pfinz Valley, counts about 12,000 inhabitants and consists of the following former municipalities:

  • Nöttingen (bordering to Auerbach),
  • Wilferdingen
  • Singen

Historic ties between Karlsbad and Remchingen become obvious comparing the coats of arms of the former municipalities of both of them. The flowers on Mutschelbach's coat of arms are quite similar to those of all of the three parts of Remchingen.

Moreover in both Nöttingen and Auerbach rests of Roman settlements have been found that can be dated back to the era around 80 A.D.



On its eastern frontier Karlsbad borders to Keltern, a municipality within Enz district counting about 9,000 inhabitants. It consists of the following villages:

  • Dietenhausen
  • Ellmendingen
  • Weiler
  • Dietenhausen
  • Niebelsbach



This municipality is located southeast of Karlsbad. Straubenhardt forms part of the Enz district, counts some 11,000 inhabitants and is made up of the following previously independent municipalities:

  • Conweiler
  • Feldrennach
  • Pfinzweiler
  • Langenalb
  • Ottenhausen
  • Schwann


Coat of arms[edit]

Karlsbad's coat of arms Meaning of the coat of arms: The drinking bowl at the center of the coat of arms stands for the royal bath (Fürstenbad) established by Charles III William, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, in 1719 close to the Chapel of St. Barbara in Langensteinbach. It was this bathhouse that gave Karlsbad (Charles' Bath) its name. The five blue and silver (white) pales represent the five constituent villages: Auerbach, Mutschelbach, Langensteinbach and Ittersbach.

Colours of the coat of arms: blue and silver (white)[7]

Municipal partnership[edit]

Karlsbad is a municipal partner of the following towns and municipalities:[8]


Karlsbad can be accessed on the road or by train. Baden Airpark, the closest international airport is situated at a straight-line distance of about 34 kilometers.


S11 close to Ittersbach in February 1996

Langensteinbach, Spielberg and Ittersbach are all connected to each other and to the cities of Karlsruhe and Ettlingen among others by the Busenbach–Ittersbach branch of the Alb Valley Railway (Albtalbahn), an electric railway that forms part of the Karlsruhe Stadtbahn. Ittersbach is the terminus of the branch, which operates as line S 11.[9] Buses connect Auerbach an Mutschelbach wirth the mentioned railway through the train stops in Langensteinbach.

Additional public transport[edit]

In addition to the mentioned railway, six bus lines circulate in, to and from Karlsbad:[10]

  • KVV Line 153: Langensteinbach - Auerbach - Langensteinbach
  • KVV Line 152: Langensteinbach - Mutschelbach - Langensteinbach
  • KVV Line 118: Langensteinbach - Mutschelbach - Stupferich - Palmbach - Grünwettersbach (school days only)
  • VPE Line 717 (708): Ittersbach - Pforzheim
  • VPE Line 720: Ittersbach - Pforzheim
  • VPE Line 721: Langensteinbach - Auerbach - Ellmendingen - Pforzheim

Road network[edit]

A8 E52

Karlsbad is connected to the German highway system and the European highway network through an own exit on A8 (European route E52) located about 5 km east of the highway intersection Karlsruhe.

Other main roads crossing Karlsbad are the following Landesstraßen:

  • L562
  • L563
  • L564 (Albtalstraße, Alb Valley Road)
  • L609
  • L622
  • L623

In former times especially Langensteinbach had serious traffic problems caused by several complicated road junctions controlled by traffic lights. The problem led to an interesting solution. Today Langensteinbach counts with two double roundabouts relieving the traffic conditions.

Culture and sights[edit]

Celebrities closely linked to Karlsbad[edit]

Historic buildings and structures[edit]

  • Former town hall in Karlsbad-Spielberg
  • Classical Protestant church in Karlsbad-Langensteinbach designed by Karl August Schwarz in Friedrich Weinbrenner-like style
  • Ruins of the Saint Barbara chapel in Karlsbad-Langensteinbach, a chapel which can be dated back to 1330 AD.
  • Ruins of the tower castle Burg Langensteinbach also called Römerturm (Roman tower), the remains of the former hill castle on site between 1100 and 1200 AD.


Companies based in Karlsbad[edit]

  • Nero AG, formerly known as Ahead Software GmbH is known around the globe for its DVD and CD-burning software featuring the same name. It is located in Karlsbad-Ittersbach
  • Harman Becker Automotive Systems is an important manufacturer of automotive audio, video and navigation systems located in Karlsbad-Ittersbach at the plant of the former Becker GmbH and in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
  • Across Systems develops and produces Across Language Server, a leading CAT (computer-aided translation) tool besides and competing with SDL Trados and MemoQ. Across Systems was founded in 2005 as a spin-off of the Nero AG already mentioned above. The company is located in Glendale, California and Karlsbad-Ittersbach with its headquarters at the latter one.
  • VANTAGE Digital GmbH was founded in 2004 is a producer of electronic audio and video entertainment products especially for HDTV and the European market. The company is located in Karlsbad-Ittersbach

Karlsbad worldwide[edit]

Around the globe there are several places named Karlsbad or Carlsbad:[11]