Kriegsstraße is a main east-west thorougfare through Karlsruhe. It begins at Wolfartsweierer Straße and leads westward via Mendelssohnplatz, Ettlinger Tor and Karlstor, crosses Reinhold-Frank-Straße (to the north)/Brauerstraße (to the south) and continues via Weinbrennerplatz to Kühler Krug and Südtangente.
In 2007, the main carriageways of Kriegsstraße east of Mendelssohnplatz were renamed Ludwig-Erhard-Allee. The frontage road on the north side (which was the original carriageway of the eastern part of Kriegsstraße), however, kept its old name. As this frontage road only exists east of Ostendstraße, this has left Kriegsstraße with a gap between Ostendstraße and Mendelssohnplatz.
For much of its extent, Kriegsstraße forms a border between city districts on its northern and southern side. As a result, the street touches on or leads through the districts of Oststadt, Südstadt, Innenstadt-Ost, Innenstadt-West, Südweststadt and Weststadt.
This place in the City map:
There are several tram stops on Kriegsstraße, e.g.
History and origin of street name
In the 1960s, the street between Mendelssohnplatz and Reinhold-Frank-Straße (and to a lesser extent also the section westward to Weinbrennerplatz) were "improved" into something resembling an urban motorway, with underpasses at Ettlinger Tor and Karlstor.