WoMM 2006 takes place at the University of Karlsruhe, AIFB Institute, Building 11.40, Room 231. See Directions.
The city takes its name from
Margrave Karl Wilhelm of Baden-Durlach, who founded the city in
1715 after a dispute with the citizens of his previous capital,
Durlach. Karlsruhe became the capital of Baden-Durlach until
1771, thereafter the capital of Baden until 1945.
The city was planned with the
tower of the castle (Schloss) at the center and 32
streets radiating out from it like spokes on a wheel or ribs on
a folding fan, so that a nickname for Karlsruhe in Germany is
the "fan city" (Fächerstadt). Almost all of these streets
The city center was the oldest
part of town and lies south of the castle in the quadrant
defined by nine of the streets. The central part of the castle
runs east-west, and there are two wings of the castle, each at a
45กใ angle to the center, so that they are pointing southeast and
southwest (i.e. parallel with streets at the ends of the
quadrant defining the city center).
The market place is on the
street running south from the castle to Ettlingen. The market
place has the town hall (Rathaus) to the west, the main
protestant church (Evangelische Stadtkirche) to the east,
and the tomb of Margrave Karl Wilhelm in a pyramid in the
center. The architect Friedrich Weinbrenner designed many of the
most important buildings.
The area north of the castle was
and still is a park and forest. East of the castle there
originally were gardens and more forest, some of which remain,
but the University, Wildparkstadion, and residential areas have
since been built there. West of the castle is now mostly