Karlsruhe's citizens are remarkably honest and law abiding — chances are that if you've mislaid something you might find it at a local Lost and Found (Fundbüro).

Deutsche Bahn's (German rail system)  Lost and Found service is available in English and you can fill out a form on-line (look under Services). Alternatively you can report your loss in person at any train station or by telephoning  0900 1 99 05 99. In Karlsruhe the Lost & Found office is in the main train station (Hauptbahnhof).

KVV's (local transportation service) on-line lost and found is all in German but you can progress logically through it with a bit of patience. Items are held for three months.  Alternatively go to the KVV Lost and Found in the Weinbrennerhaus am Marktplatz (Tel. 0721 61 07 58 90).

Karlsruhe city's Lost and Found (Städtisches Fundbüro) is easy to find at Kaiserallee 8, 76124 Karlsruhe (Tel  0721 1 33 32 70). The nearest tram stop is Mühlburger Tor. In towns near Karlsruhe, the Lost and Found is usually in the town hall (Rathaus).

You can also search for your items on-line by clicking this Lost and Found link - the site is in German. It allows you to find lost items within a certain radius from a specific address.

If you have lost something expensive, the honest person taking your item to a Lost and Found bureau is entitled to a reward (Finderlohn), the amount depending on the value of the lost item and where it was found.

Periodically, lost items are auctioned off. It's not a bad way to get a bicycle for cheap. There is usually a date ahead of time so that you can have a look at what bikes are available.

If you have found something, please take it your nearest police station or town hall. If it is something expensive, your name and address will be noted so that you will be able to get your reward.