Karlsruhe’s geographical position right next-door to France and Switzerland gives it an advantage as a European location. Cross-border networks and its great cultural openness are distinguishing features of the city and its surrounding region at a European and international level.
Karlsruhe is also quick and easy to reach by road, rail, or air from within Germany or from abroad. The major international airport Frankfurt/Main is only an hour away by direct rail links and the journey to Paris only takes three hours on the TGV.
These factors also explain Karlsruhe’s appeal as an international trade-fair and convention venue. IT-TRANS, the International Conference and Exhibition on IT solutions for public transport, for example, attracts conference participants and trade-fair visitors to Karlsruhe from 60 countries of the world. art Karlsruhe, the International Fair for Classic Modern and Contemporary art, is a magnet for more than 50,000 art lovers every year.