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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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.
Gol! Poland's Football Writes (Hi)stories - Exhibition until 3.2.2023
On the occasion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the German Poland Institute is staging an exhibition that offers an insight into the history of Polish football alongside rare original items - for example, team clothing worn by the Polish footballers of the century Włodzimierz Lubański and Kaziemierz Dejna. One focus of the exhibition is the legendary Polish team that 50 years ago won the soccer competition at the 1972 Munich Olympics and came third at the 1974 World Cup in Germany - after losing the "Water Battle of Frankfurt" to Germany. But it also shows background on the political role of soccer in communist Poland in the 1970s, and some famous players are also introduced. One panel is dedicated to Heinz Kneip, the interpreter and coach of the Polish national team at the time, to whom the exhibition owes numerous mementos of the golden age of the "White-Red Eagles".
Darmstadt Christmas Market 2022 - 21. November to 23. December
21. November to 23. Dezember 2022
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 Sunday: from 11 am - 9 pm
Friday and Saturday: extended opening hours until 9.30 pm
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
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.
App "Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt" - Travel back in time
With the Mathildenhöhe App you go on a journey through time on Mathildenhöhe. Historical views are superimposed with current images and illustrate how the Mathildenhöhe developed during and after the Artists' Colony.
With the app you can not only navigate to the individual locations but also fade your current perspective with historical images using AR (Augmented Reality).
Download the app for iOS or Android from the AppStore or Google Play unto your smartphone or use teh web-version on www.darmstadt-tourismus.de/mathildenhoehe
Lifestyle in the Archive. Hessian fashion from six centuries - 18. November 2022 to 14. February 2023
From 18. November 2022 to 14. February 2023, the exhibition "Lifestyle in the Archive. Hessian Fashion from Six Centuries" will be on display. It will open on 17. November at 6 pm with a fashion show of costumes from the Staatstheater Darmstadt.
The exhibition explores what the language of fashion says about the respective time through various thematic areas, which, for example, focus on the function of dress codes, uniforms, traditional costumes and carnival costumes.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5.30 pm.
Raus ins Grüne - Raus in die Region
Darmstadt is not only located in the FrankfurtRhineMain region, but is also the gateway to the Bergstrasse and the Odenwald. The region offers diverse landscapes, historical and modern architecture, exciting history, regional delicacies and much more.
There is much to discover.
Frankfurt Rhine-Main is the culturally and economically vibrant region in the heart of Europe.
The Bergstrasse from Darmstadt to Heidelberg offers around 30 castles and palaces along the way and, as a wine region, also offers specialities such as the Red Riesling. The Odenwald invites you to go hiking and cycling, to historic old towns and hidden farms, and offers cultural, culinary and sporting activities.
The Bergstrasse-Odenwald Geo-Nature Park (UNESCO Global Geopark) invites you to discover a charming landscape steeped in history, covering an area of 3800 km² between the Rhine, Bergstrasse, Odenwald, Main and Neckar rivers.
shuttle bus Mathildenhöhe
World Heritage shuttle bus - free of charge - between the city centre and Mathildenhöhe.
Daily between 10:45 am and 5:15 pmm every 30 minutes, starting at the bus stop darmstadtium/Kongresszentrum (stop of the Airliner). On the way to Mathildenhöhe it stops at the stop Pützerstraße and at the Ostbahnhof.
Return trips from Mathildenhöhe to the city centre every 30 minutes between 11:02 am and 5:32 pm from the Olbrichweg stop (Museum Artists' Colony). On its way back to the city centre stopping at the Ostbahnhof and at the Jugendstilbad (Art Nouveau Swimming Bath) and terminating at the darmstadtium.
Info: Changes World Heritage Shuttle as of December
With the timetable change on 11. December, the World Heritage Shuttle, which is currently still running as a special service, will be transferred to the regular bus service as bus line M. The bus line M can be used with regular RMV tickets.
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
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 13 km long route with slight inclines starts from the Ostbahnhof, with seven hills lined up south of Darmstadt. The most famous hill is the Mathildenhöhe, the centre of Art Nouveau.
A detailed description of the route to the 7-Hügel-Steig can be found on the Bergstraße-Odenwald website.
Cristof Yvoré STILL LIFE - until 26. March 2023
The Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt is showing the exhibition "Cristof Yvoré STILL LIFE" in autumn 2022. In his painting, Cristof Yvoré (1967 - 2013) takes as his starting point remembered images in which a recognisable everyday is reduced to its simplest form of expression. A spot of light on the wall of a room, the folds at the bottom of a drawn curtain, a table with a vase on it, empty or filled with flowers of all shapes and colours.
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
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).
Exhibition: Walter Schels. Photographs. - 9. September 2022 to 8. January 2023
For more than 50 years, Walter Schels has been working with portraits like hardly any other photographer of his generation. The exceptional photographer became famous in the 1980s for his character studies of well-known personalities such as Angela Merkel, Leonard Bernstein or the Dalai Lama. Equally legendary are his portraits of animals, which he takes in the style of a classical studio photographer in front of a neutral background. He detaches the figure from its social habitat and concentrates entirely on its facial expressions and posture.
The exhibition at the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt presents four of Walter Schels' best-known photo series: the animal portraits, the series of portraits of Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol, the Transsexual series and Schels' flower studies, which explore the beauty of withering. The exhibition shows a representative insight into the extensive oeuvre of Walter Schels and is the largest work show after the exhibition at the Hamburg Deichtorhallen in 2019.
Thomas Sturm. Old Master - 11. December 2022 to 19. March 2023
The Austrian-born artist Thomas Sturm shows his current group of works "Old Master" as well as exemplary works from the 1990s. With his figurative, sometimes abstract painting, he deals with social-political themes, which he knows how to combine with art-immanent allusions and often negotiate humorously. To be seen for the first time in a long time in a larger exhibition, Thomas Sturm also emerges as a versatile sculptor and paper artist.
The exhibition focuses on the "Old Master" series, which Thomas Sturm began in 2018.
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 40 shops and restaurants in Darmstadt.
Further information at www.darmstadtgutschein.de.
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.
Pedelecs at the Darmstadt Shop
Pedelecs are available for rent at the Darmstadt Shop. Prices: 20 € per day, 10 € per 1/2 day, weekend flat rate from Friday 5 pm to Monday 10 am 30 €, deposit 120 €.
The bikes of the brand Kalkhoff offer: a backpeddle breaking system for more safety and shift sensor technology for smooth shifting even under pedal pressure. The best power 14 Ah batteries guarantee over 100 km range for limitless driving pleasure.
Partner of the DARMSTADT CARD:
With the Darmstadt Card there is a 50% discount.
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.