City of Science or Centre of Culture? Darmstadt is both. Like almost no other city, it combines an appreciation of the arts with a passion for science and innovation. Darmstadt still has the charm of a royal capital – at the same time it is a modern city, a laboratory for cultural as well as scientific experiments.
The journey started on the Mathildenhöhe with the forming of the Artists' Colony, a group of artists whose exhibitions enjoyed worldwide recognition and who created a document of modern forms of construction and housing - starting point for modern industrial design.
Before the title “City of Science” was bestowed on Darmstadt in 1997, the city was recognised as “City of the Arts”. In fact, both sides go hand-in-hand, recognising that the combination of tradition and innovation is the “Darmstadt Way” to discover new things – here and throughout the world.
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Discover Darmstadt and spend a weekend in the City of Science and Culture. Visit the Mathildenhöhe, the Artists' Colony from 1901 to 1914, or the various museums as the Hessian State Museum or the Museum in the Residantial Palace.
Stroll through the Wilhelminenstraße in the city centre and enjoy the view of the Pantheon-like church St. Ludwig. Discover the small shops in Schulstraße and at the Stadtkirchplatz or the more than 450 shops, from internationally renowned brands to small, owner-run shops.
Offers of weekend packages: www.darmstadt-tourismus.de/en/visit/accomodations/packages
Ice stadium Darmstadt
From late August to mid-March, the Eissporthalle in Bürgerpark Nord attracts many visitors to its 30 x 60 meter ice rink. Here you can slide, curve and dance. On Fridays, the ice rink becomes Disco on Ice.
The season ends at the beginning of April and starts again at the beginning of October.
Darmstadt Card - public transport and cultural & leisure facilities
The Darmstadt Card is available as a one-and two-day ticket, it includes the use of all public transport in the city area (fare zone 40) and discounts to numerous cultural facilities.
The Darmstadt Card is valid for 1 day at the price of 6 € or for 2 days at the price of 9 €.
Free use of public transport (bus and tram) in fare zone 40 (includes Darmstadt, Erzhausen, Messel, Roßdrof, Ober-Ramstadt, Modau, Nieder-Beerbach, Pfungstadt, Griesheim, Weiterstadt) for 1 person on one or two consecutive days.
for tours and pedelec rentals from Darmstadt Marketing GmbH
Reduced Admission to cultural & leisure facilities
bioversum Kranichstein, Eisenbahnmuseum Darmstadt-Kranichstein, Großherzoglich-Hessische Porzellansammlung, Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, Hochzeitsturm, Literaturhaus Darmstadt (Hauptprogramm), MUSEUM Jagdschloss Kranichstein, Museum Künstlerkolonie Darmstadt, Schlossmuseum Darmstadt, Staatstheater Darmstadt (Repertoirevorstellungen), Bezirksbad Bessungen, DSW Freibad, Mühltalbad Eberstadt, Naturbad Großer Woog, Nordbad
Free of charge
info broschure at the Weißen Turm
Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt - UNESCO World Heritage
The Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt is an ensemble of Wedding Tower, Exhibition Hall, Museum Artists' Colony, plane tree grove and artist houses. It was laid out as the garden of the grand ducal court as early as the 19th century and was one of the most important centres of modern art and architecture in Europe and the world for 14 years, from 1901 to 1914. Its inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2021 underscores its global importance as a pioneer of modernity. .
The shop at Wilhelminenstraße 25 is a contact point, experimental space and think tank for all actors in the city centre.
Workshops, information rounds, impulse presentations and open meetings enable everyone to join in, gain exciting insights and make new contacts. The open space fills up with ideas and plans for implementation.
The shop space and neighbourhood management team is on hand to answer questions, moderate discussions and establish contacts. Shop vacancies and possible uses are collected in the LeAn database, which is presented here.
In addition, projects and business ideas can be presented in the experimental space, the CityLab.
Into the Space Age! - exhibition until 7. February 2024
Atomic age and space age: The 50s and 60s of the 20th century have it all. Visions for the future were developed here! World exhibitions were adorned with futuristic architecture; in Brussels, the "Atomium", built in 1958, unmistakably propagated the belief in a new, almost inexhaustible source of energy.
At the latest since the launch of the "Sputnik" in 1957, space fever has been omnipresent worldwide. In the 1960s, "The Jetsons", anticipating today's smart home, and "Raumpatrouille Orion" flicker across domestic television sets, and in the cinema the science fiction films "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Barbarella" become blockbusters. At the same time, a political public begins to campaign against nuclear armament and the youth and student movement wants to change society and tries out new forms of living together.
Today, one can smile or marvel at the effects that the enthusiasm for the future produced at that time. Atomic and space toys conquered children's rooms, decorations inspired by atomic models adorned vases and wallpaper. Sputnik lamps" hung in homes and precursors of today's "seating landscapes" responded to changing life needs. Designers such as Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen, Verner Panton or Joe Colombo created furniture and living environments for the future, Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin the matching fashion. New shapes, colours and materials became the hallmark of these two eventful decades.
The exhibition is dedicated to these unmistakable icons of the atomic and space age. It shows a very special creative epoch of international design that comes to its (quite understandable) end in the early 1970s with the oil crisis, the beginning of a changing ecological consciousness and the anti-nuclear power movement.
In the basement of the museum the museum café "HERZBLUT & ZINKE", offers warm dishes made from fresh, local produce as well as coffee and cake.
Partner of the DARMSTADT CARD:
Anna Gross will be running her "573grad" studio in the pop-up space at Marktplatz 6 (directly to the left of Bormuth) until the end of April 2024.
She sells her utility ceramics there - but the focus is on a different offer: Groos offers workshops on the medium of clay to pass on her expertise to interested parties. Course programme and information on the website www.studio573grad.de.
With the Darmstadt WiFi users in the city centre have unlimited use of the urban WLAN network. Just select „WiFi Darmstadt“ in your wifi settings and log on at www.service.thecloud.eu.
Here you can use the "WiFi Darmstadt":
Darmstadt city centre
- City Carree
- BIZ (Bürgerinformationszentrum) (Indoor)
- Darmstadt Shop Luisenplatz (Indoor)
- in the Staatstheater and
- outdoor on the Georg-Büchner-Platz
City districts Darmstadt
- Arheilgen: Löwenplatz
- Eberstadt: stop Wagenhalle
- Kranichstein: stop Gruberstr./Brentanoanlage
- Wixhausen: Bahnhofstr./Falltorstr.
Wilhelm-Leuchner-Str.: stops Wagenhalle to Platz Bar-Le-Duc
Cooperation HEAG Mobilo
- in front of the main station "Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof"
- Arheilgen stop Dreieichweg
- Kranichstein stop Bahnhof
- Griesheim stop Bar-Le-Duc
Cooperation TU Darmstadt/eduroam
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt, ULB Darmstadt
- ULB Stadtmitte
- ULB Lichtwiese
- stop Botanischer Garten
Cooperation with the Modehaus Henschel at the market square
‹in situ›, international group exhibition at the Kunsthalle Darmstadt - until January 7th, 2024
November 3rd to January 7th
The international group exhibition ‹in situ› shows contemporary art concerning the crimes of the Nazi dictatorship. The participating artists examine how remembrance work can be done today. To do this, they use various media that are able to create diverse connections between the past and the present. How important the memory of the Gleichschaltung, the book burning and the Shoahand remains still are has recently been shown by the anti-Semitism scandal surrounding Documenta (2022) and the attacks in Halle (2019) and Hanau (2020). ‹in situ› relies on the power of art to update history and thus make it accessible to future generations.
Events as part of the exhibition:
November 3rd at 7:30 p.m.: Artist talk between the artists Leon Kahane and a representative of the Schandwache collective, moderated by Anastasia Tikhomirova.
November 22nd at 7:30 p.m.: Reading of the book “Reconciliation Theater” with the author Max Czollek. Afterwards there will be a conversation between Max Czollek and Marc Grünbaum.
Dec 7th at 7:30 p.m.: Panel discussion initiated by the artist Talya Feldman with her project “WE ARE HERE” in cooperation with the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung.
‹in situ› is curated by Miriam Schmidt, Kai Altheim and Jonas Höschl.
Partner of the DARMSTADT CARD:
reduced admission to an exhibition
The entrance and exhibition area are accessible without steps.
The sanitary facilities and the studios are not barrier-free.
100 Years of Georg-Büchner-Prize - exhibition until 20. December
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100 Years of Georg-Büchner-Prize - exhibition until 20. December
The Georg Büchner Prize is the most prestigious literary prize in the German-speaking world. The history of the prize is well researched for the period from 1951 onwards, since the German Academy for Language and Poetry has awarded it purely as a literary prize. The exhibition, however, focuses on the early history of the prize, which was founded as early as 1923 and awarded as the Hessian State Prize for the Promotion of Hessian Artists from 1923-1934 and 1945-1950.
24.10. bis 20.12.2023
Stadtarchiv Darmstadt | open Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. | free admission
Discover World Heritage: Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt and Messel Pit Fossil Site - with the Darmstadt Card
The Museum Künstlerkolonie Darmstadt on Mathildenhöhe and the Messel Pit Fossil Site are partners of the Darmstadt Card.
Individual visitors receive a discount with the Darmstadt Card when visiting the Museum Künstlerkolonie and the Messel Pit Visitor Centre. The bus line "FU" connects the World Heritage Site "Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt" with the World Heritage Site "Messel Pit Fossil Site" and can be used free of charge with the Darmstadt Card.
With the Darmstadt Card, there is also a discount on taking part in a public guided tour of the city, e.g. of Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt.
Darmstadt Card 1-Day Card: Reduction on participation in a public guided tour of Darmstadt by Darmstadt Marketing GmbH.
Darmstadt Card 2-day ticket: Free participation in a public guided tour of Darmstadt by Darmstadt Marketing GmbH.
ESA Space Tour (in German only)
"ESA Space Tour" is a digital tour of the site of ESA's European Satellite Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt.
As the European Space Agency, ESA is dedicated to the peaceful exploration and use of space. Founded in 1975, it now comprises 22 member states. Through the cooperation of its member states, ESA covers all types of space activities: Space exploration, astronautical spaceflight, Earth observation, transport into space, navigation, space situational awareness and security, technology development and telecommunications, and the promotion of industry.
The digital tour is available in German only.
Future History Tour "Darmstadt City"
Time travel through Darmstadt's city centre!
With "Future History" historical views of the city can be compared with today's. What has changed, what has remained the same?
Darmstadt was the capital and residence of the Hessian landgraves and grand dukes, capital of the Grand Duchy of Hesse until 1919, then capital of the People's State of Hesse until 1933 and the State of Hesse until 1945. Darmstadt lost its status to Wiesbaden, due to the severe war destruction.
In the reconstruction phase after 1945, the city concentrated on its importance as a city of science and culture. Today Darmstadt has over 160,000 inhabitants and a lively city centre with numerous sights, shopping streets, restaurants, parks and green spaces.
Via the Future History App (available in Google Play and in the AppStore) you can also be guided directly to the individual locations and fade in the historical views with AR (Augmented Reality).
Whether science, culture or life - there are tours in Darmstadt on all topics. "Darmstadt at a glance", "Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt - UNESCO World Heritage" or a guided tour bei bike through the city, you decide which facet of Darmstadt you would like to get to know first.
Partner of the DARMSTADT CARD:
1-day-card: Reduced fee for participation in a public guided tour of Darmstadt Marketing GmbH.
2-day-card: Free participation in a public guided tour of Darmstadt Marketing GmbH.
Guided tours are offered for people with walking disabilities, visual impairments or hearing impairments. The guides are trained so that wheelchair users, for example, can take part in every tour.
Depending on the topic of the tour, the route may be accessible to wheelchair users without steps (e.g. the tour "Darmstadt at a glance"). Please contact us if you have any questions so that we can discuss the details and advise you on the most suitable tour.
Darmstadt Christmas Market 2023 - 20. November to 23. December
20. November to 23. Dezember 2023
Darmstadt Christmas Market
When strolling through Darmstadt's Christmas market, the smell of gingerbread and mulled wine, handicrafts and the adventurous atmosphere will put you in the Christmas mood.
The Christmas market takes place on Marktplatz, Friedensplatz, Ludwigsplatz and Luisenplatz in Darmstadt's city centre.
Culinary and handicraft specialities invite you to pre-Christmas hustle and bustle at Darmstadt's Christmas market. The adventually decorated city centre and the Christmas trees on Marktplatz, Luisenplatz and Ludwigsplatz create a Christmas atmosphere.
Monday to Thursday: from 11 am to 9 pm
Friday and Saturday: from 11 am to 10 pm
Sunday: from 12 am to 9 pm
The Christmas Market will be closed on Totensonntag (26.11.).
20Tage - Produkte, Design und Handwerk aus der Region
The pop-up shop "20Tage - Produkte, Design und Handwerk aus der Region" is a guest at CityLab until Christmas. It offers a selected range of high-quality regional products from the fields of furniture, textiles, cosmetics, ceramics, graphics, jewellery, delicatessen and more. The pop-up shop is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6.30 pm.
Plane tree wood pens
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Plane tree wood pens
The writing utensils made of plane tree wood were created in collaboration with Thomas Hörold, an artisan from Bad-Soden. In the course of the renovation of the plane tree grove on Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, some trees had to be felled, and now unique writing utensils - ballpoint pens, fountain pens and rollerballs - have been made from them.
Thomas Hörold, who has been an exhibitor at the Darmstadt Arts and Crafts market for many years, has already implemented this project with other cities and is now also giving the woods of the plane tree grove a second life. In the process, the structure and colour, but also one or two special features of the wood come to light. The individual pieces are available in the Darmstadt Shop at the Luisencenter, prices range from 49.00 to 149.00 euros.
pen, plane tree wood: 49.00 €
rollerball pen, plane tree wood: 129.00 €
fountain pen, plane tree wood: 149.00 €
Café Restaurant Mathildenhöhe
From 5. November 2023
We are delighted to once again be able to pamper you with culinary delights in the heart of the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt World Heritage Site with a view of the historic plane tree grove, the Wedding Tower, the Russian Chapel and the Lily Basin.
After operating our café on the gallery in the entrance foyer of the exhibition building until 2012, we are now happy to welcome you as our guests in this unique, listed ambience.
Our bar and lounge area invites you to travel back in time to the late 19th century. We are located here in the so-called Schieberkammer of the historic drinking water reservoir, which was built in 1878/1879 and supplied Darmstadt with drinking water until 1994.
Shopping with the Darmstadt Gutschein
The vouchers worth 10, 25, 50 or 100 euros can be bought online and in the Darmstadt Shop and can be redeemed in over 60 shops and restaurants in Darmstadt.
Further information at www.darmstadtgutschein.de.
The "Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt" has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2021. For more information on Mathildenhöhe and how to get there, click here.