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The two highest courts in Germany are both located in Karlsruhe, the Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof) and the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht).

This inconspicuous modern building near the Palace (on the Palace grounds, actually) was built for the Constitutional Court between 1965 and 1969. Until the Second World War there was a theater here, called the Court Theater. This is only confusing if you talk about it in English, because the theater did not belong to a law court (Gericht in German) but rather to the court (Hof in German) of the ruling Margrave or Duke or whomever, as long as there was such a person.

The official name of this theater was the Großherzogliches Hoftheater, later re-named Badisches Staatstheater. It was built in 1849-1853 and opened on May 17, 1853. It was destroyed in September 1944 by aerial bombardment.

Address: Schlossbezirk 3
Directions: On the left side of the Palace/Castle.
Phone: %s4+49(0)721-9101-0
Website: http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de

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  • Updated Aug 6, 2006
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