• Discover American History in Historic Karlsruhe, Germany

    9 days ago - By Global Traveler

    Once the capital of Baden in southwest Germany, the city of Karlsruhe lies next to the Rhine River near the border of France. Its street layout, similar to Paris, spools out from a central point in rays, and was the inspiration for Pierre L'Enfant, the city planner and military engineer who designed the basic plans for the layout of streets, parks and boulevards in Washington, D.C. In fact, it was during his travels through France, northern Italy and Germany that then-American Ambassador to France Thomas Jefferson fell under the spell of the symmetry of the German city's 32 grand avenues...
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