The history of “Hotel Der Blaue Reiter” at Karlsruhe

First came the idea…

Iris and Wolfgang Fränkle opened a modern, art-infused design hotel with 39 rooms in Karlsruhe’s Durlach neighborhood in 2001. Their son, Marcus Fränkle, learned hotel management from the ground up in his own prestigious hotel. He decisively led the 2007 expansion, and soon took over management of “Der Blaue Reiter”. As a result, the floorspace of the building more than doubled, and the hotel can claim well-known awards. Together with the KunstWerk conference centre, opened in 2010, and the KUBUS (“KUnst & BUSiness”) hotel expansion the following year, the  event hotel in Karlsruhe-Durlach today offers a total of 83 design-rooms and suites, as well as over 750 m² of conference and event space.

“Das Blaue Reiter Hotel” combines the joie de vivre and the expressiveness of the “Der Blaue Reiter” art movement with the 21st-century lifestyle. Reminders of the fantastic color scheme accompany you throughout the hotel. The painter Wassily Kandinsky came from Moscow to Munich – where he met Gabriele Münter – at the beginning of the 20th century. While she took painting lessons with him, he fell in love with his talented student. Over time, Franz Marc, August Macke and, later, Paul Klee joined the group. Kandinsky and his movement called themselves “Der Blaue Reiter” because they liked both horses and the color blue. Their new art was to take the world at a gallop. Some of their most beautiful works can be seen at the Lenbachhaus in Munich.

KunstWerk conference centre – Hold an event in a renovated factory

KUBUS annex (just a two-minute walk away) with Superior Rooms and Junior Suites

The Hotel – Events and overnight stays in an inspiring, sense-pampering ambience.

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KUBUS at Karlsruhe


Superior Rooms and Junior Suites, located just a two-minute walk from the hotel in the KUBUS Annex

Conference center KunstWerk at Karlsruhe

Conference center KunstWerk

Meeting at the modernized factory building.

The Hotel at Karlsruhe

The Hotel

an inspiring, sense-pampering ambience for staying with us and for conferences.

Family Fränkle at Karlsruhe

Family Fränkle

Marcus, Iris and Wolfgang Fränkle

Contact & Arriving

Hotel Der Blaue Reiter | Amalienbadstraße 16 | 76227 Karlsruhe-Durlach | Tel. +49 (0)721 94266-0 | Fax +49 (0)721 94266-42 | ArrivingImpressum