Karlsruhe (DE)

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Karlsruhe (formerly Carlsruhe) is the second-largest city in the state of Baden-Württemberg, in southwest Germany. It has been speculated that Karlsruhe was a model for Washington, D.C., as both cities have a centre from which the streets radiate outward. According to legend, the name Karlsruhe, which translates as "Charles’ repose", was given to the new city after a hunting trip when Charles III William, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, woke from a dream in which he dreamt of founding his new city.

Karlsruhe currently uses post codes 76131–76229.

Postmarks in Germany

Unified Germany

The center Briefzentrum 76 opened in 1996.

Briefzentrum 76 in 2000 with slogan

Meter cancels

Meter cancel Karlsruhe 21, 1996
Meter cancel Karlsruhe, 2010

Federal Republic of Germany

(17a) KARLSRUHE 2 ff 11.6.60 Johann Peter HEBEL Ausstellung KARLSRUHE MAI - SEPT
(17a) KARLSRUHE (BADEN) 4 / 15.4.50.-16
Slogan postmark "Bundes Musikfest Karlsruhe Pfingsten 1958", 26 Apr 1958

Postmarks in Allied Occupied Germany

Karlsruhe 1

KARLSRUHE (BADEN) 1 x -7.8.46. 14-15
KARLSRUHE (BADEN) 1 x -6.1.46. 9-13
KARLSRUHE (BADEN) 1 x 26.9.45. 13-18

Karlsruhe 2

KARLSRUHE (BADEN) 2 d 8.4.46 5-6N
KARLSRUHE (BADEN) 2 ? 5.12.45.-11-12 Bluegreen ink

Karlsrune 5

KARLSRUHE (BADEN) 5 d 3.4.46 -18

Postmarks in German Empire

After 31 December 1871.

Circle KARLSRUHE (BADEN) 1 in 1887
Bridge KARLSRUHE *(BADEN)1 x 30.3.36. 11-12
Michel No. 343P, empty bridge at "Karlsruhe", 07-1930

Railway station (Bahnhof) and Bahnpost

Oval Frankfurt (?) - Karlsruhe- Basel Zug 941 in 1921

Covers and cards

KARLSRUHE iN BADEN Postal card of 1883
KARLSRUHE 30.3.36. to Brazil with Europe to South America Zeppelin commemorative cancel

Postmarks of Grand Duchy of Baden

CARLSRUHE was a District, using the postal code 24, and later 177 (the highest code). The postmark DE CARLSRUHE is known since 1765. Later main typings were DE CRVHE, DE CRUHE, DE:CRUHE. Postablagen. DURLACH (one of the 27 parts of Karlsruhe) used code 28, with a Postablage at SÖLLINGEN etc.

5 rings with 24 on first issue (1851).
5 rings with 28 (DURLACH) on 1852 issue.
Issue 1862, Grotesk frame.
5 circles (one Zackenkranz) and 24 on a 1862 issue.
Issue 1868, circle CARLSRUHE with expedition.
5 rings with numeral 24 on first issue (1851).


2 circles (one Zackenkranz) with 177 on the 1858 issue.


Frame CARLSRUHE on a cover to Strasbourg (France) in 1864, with a 9 Kr issue 1862.
From DURLACH to Paris in 1869, with blue transit at STRASBOURG.