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Regular English Language Events

Karlsruhe's very own English-Speaking Meetup Group (sponsored by expat-karlsruhe.com) is a way for anyone to organize events and activities or plan adventures. The most popular regular event is the monthly Stammtisch where you can meet nice people who speak English in a relaxed atmosphere. Start is 6:30 p.m. until around 11:30 p.m. It's a mix of young and old and all those in-between, who come and go throughout the evening.

The American Library has regular events in English for kids and adults: LitNite (), Poetry, Please! (), MovieTalk (),  Storytime for kids 3-5 (), Teen Time () and Storytime for kids 6 and up ().

The Karlsruhe Toastmasters meet every 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. to practice public speaking in English with friendly, relaxed support from speakers from around the world.

The Technologie Region Karlsruhe has a new event - International Come Together. Meet other professionals, profit from experiences and get connected. Check back for the date of the next one.


Improve your German!

Sprecht miteinander!

Practice your spoken German in a relaxed atmosphere. People of similar language ability form groups moderated by a native speaker volunteer. Free and no registration required. Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. at

Bürgerzentrum Mühlburg (BZM)
Hardtstr. 37 A/2
76185 Karlsruhe

Just stop by!

The IBZ (Internationales Begegnungszentrum Karlsruhe - International Meeting Center Karlsruhe) offers a number of projects to help with language and integration. A listing in English is available here.

What's Up:

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR KARLSRUHE DURING THE CORONA CRISIS

updated on March 29, 2020

Please remember that all actions taken by the City, State and Federal Government are for the safety of the general public and should be adhered to. It is understood that these measures are a huge inconvenience for everyday life, but they are necessary to minimize the spread of the corona virus and to avert a health emergency or even a health catastrophe, as experienced in other countries. Daily life and work continues, but with restrictions. Try to maintain a positive outlook.

New as of 23.03.2020: It is forbidden to have a gathering of more than 2 persons in public spaces. This holds nationwide and will be enforced with the possibility of heavy fines &/or jail sentences. Immediate family members  are exempt from this limit of 2 if they live together. Other exemptions are also valid, but it is recommended to avoid personal contact with others as much as possible.

Stay at home if you can!

Work situations are not affected, but is is recommended that we all keep at least 1.5 meters away from each other.

The mayor of Karlsruhe urges us to keep up social contacts - but from a distance.

What is OPEN

  • grocery stores
  • outdoor food markets
  • pick-up and delivery food services including drive-in
  • beverage stores (Getränkemärkte)
  • pharmacies (Apotheke)
  • medical/health supply stores (Sanitätshaus)
  • drug stores (Drogerie)
  • gas stations
  • banks and Sparkassen (ATMs are widely available; personal service may require an appointment)
  • postal service
  • dry cleaners
  • laundromats
  • newspaper & magazine stands
  • farm shops (Hofläden)
  • hardware stores and garden centers
  • wholesale stores
  • many online stores
  • medical podiatry
  • hairdressers
  • food kitchens
  • hearing aid stores
  • opticians
  • work shops/repair shops/e.g. carpenters, auto repair shops

All of the above have special permission to be open and operating on Sundays and holidays from noon to 6 pm. It is up to the individual stores if they do so.

What is LIMITED

  • all restaurants are CLOSED
    • many restaurants are offering pick-up and delivery service
  • Public transportation and the Deutsche Bahn are running on a Sunday or limited schedule, so check the websites before you need to get somewhere. To provide enough space for passangers in the kvv system, double trains are running, even though fewer people are using public transportation.
  • Many businesses in Karlsruhe are open for consulation by telephone or email. Some are even offering free delivery services within Karlsruhe. Support local businesses, if you can.
  • The City of Karlsruhe Administrative Offices (Bürgeramt) are readjusting to the situation. If you have some pressing issues, please try to reach them by telephone first and make an appointment.
  • Weddings and funerals can still be carried out, but with the fewest people as possible - and no celebrations or feasts afterwards. Funerals are limited to 10 people total.
  • Hotels & camping grounds are limited to work-related trips &/or emergency situations.

What is CLOSED

  • all schools, kindergartens and Kitas, including schoolyards
  • all universities, Hochschulen, art and music schools, DHBW etc.
  • all stores except those listed above
  • all cultural institutions such as theaters and museums
  • all movie theaters
  • all indoor and outdoor swimming pools, saunas, & fitness clubs
  • all public and private sport and fitness establishments
  • public libraries
  • betting halls, casinos, etc.
  • brothels, adult theaters and prostitution houses
  • ice cream shops, bars, shisha bars, discos, convention centers
  • all zoos, amusement parks etc.
  • public playgrounds and sports grounds
  • the Botanical Garden and castle gardens
  • the Turmbergterasse in Durlach
  • hairdressers
  • youth clubs
  • cosmetic studios, cosmetic nail & foot salons
  • massage studios
  • tanning booths
  • outlet centers
  • tea stores
  • tattoo & piercing shops
  • wine shops

What is FORBIDDEN

  • all public and private events - both big and small
  • it is forbidden for groups larger than two persons to gather in public spaces!
  • bus trips
  • overnight hotel stays for pleasure/vacation
  • gatherings of any size in churches, mosques, synagogues and other religious establishements

What you can do

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others!
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Try not to purchase items with cash to minimize contact with the salesperson.
  • Don’t shake hands or hug others and avoid sharing cups or eating utensils, especially with those who are sick.
  • Try to maintain a 1.5 meter distance from others.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, use the inside of your elbow or a tissue, not your bare hands.
  • Place used tissues in a receptacle with a lid.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, keyboards, phones and doorknobs.
  • Eat healthy and exercise to build up your immune system.
  • Be sure to take a daily walk or jog if you are able - while maintaining the recommended 1.5 meter distance from others.
  • If you have a pre-existing medical condition, be even more cautious!
  • Stay home if you are sick to avoid infecting others and to make sure you heal quickly!
  • If you are feeling ill or have a fever, do not go directly to the doctor’s office because you may infect others. Call the doctor's office or call 116 117 and the doctor or the nurse will ask you some questions and guide you as to further measures.

The City has a Corona Hotline set up. More info in German here: https://corona.karlsruhe.de/

If you are having a hard time dealing with this crisis, a hotline for psychological help (e.g. crisis managers, marriage counselors etc.) is available Monday through Friday from 9-12 and from 14-17. They speak German, English, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. 0721 84 22 88.

Stay healthy!

A note from our sponsor:

Our team is there for you!

Our entire society is in an extraordinary situation because of the COVID-19 virus. This also affects those who are from other countries and are in Germany to work, those who have recently arrived and those who have a new job, but are not allowed to leave their own country and/or enter Germany. The most important visits to government offices cannot take place, visas may soon expire or an apartment is required. To safely arrive and stay in your new home in a new environment is especially challenging in these times.

Our team at Move-In continues to provide qualified, reliable and quick assistance. Let’s talk about what issues are affecting you.

Individuals or employers can call our free hotline from Monday to Friday from 10 to 12 am and from 4 to 5 pm at the following phone number:

07243 333941 or send an email to sax(at)move-in(dot)info.