Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany was founded in 1715 by Margrave Karl Wilhelm von Baden – it was laid out on the drawing board and consists of a central circle, containing the castle, and streets running towards the castle as radial “spokes” like the sun. The pattern is still visible today. It’s located near the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) and the French border. The local Rhein valley is the warmest part of Germany as it is only 115 m above sea level and it’s surrounded by the hills of the Black Forest and the Vogesen. There isn’t a lot of tourist traffic here as tourists generally gravitate towards Heidelberg (50 km) and Freiburg (100 km) with its well-preserved “romantic” old towns. Karlsruhe’s layout is one of the best early examples of New Urbanism architectural style. In food, try the local Flammkuchen (like thin crust pizza but with creme fraiche, bacon, onions), Käsespätzle (a special kind of pasta w/cheesy sauce), and Maultaschen (large ravioli-like things in broth or fried with onions).