Welcome to Darmstadt

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.  

Discover Darmstadt

Darmstadt WiFi

Darmstadt WiFi

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

- Luisenplatz

- Wilhelminenstraße

- City Carree

- Ernst-Ludwigs-Platz

- Friedensplatz

- Marktplatz

- Ludwigsplatz

- Stadtkirchplatz

- Schlossgraben

- Karolinenplatz

- BIZ (Bürgerinformationszentrum) (Indoor)

- Darmstadt Shop Luisenplatz (Indoor)




Staatstheater Darmstadt

- 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

Weekend packages

Weekend packages

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

Anniversary "25 years City of Science"

Anniversary "25 years City of Science"

Darmstadt has held the title "City of Science" since 1997.


In the anniversary year, the campaign "To the Point: Places of Knowledge in Darmstadt" will take visitors to various institutions in Darmstadt from the end of June until October. At www.darmstadt.de/25jahre there is not only a lot of information and the programme for the campaign, but also an interactive city map showing the knowledge points in the city and a short profile of the institutions.

Conference on Princely Correspondence - 1. + 2. September

Conference on Princely Correspondence - 1. + 2. September

On 1. and 2. September 2022, the Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt, together with the University of Frankfurt, will host the conference "Princely Correspondence of the 19th and 20th Centuries" at the Haus der Geschichte in Darmstadt. Speakers from Germany and abroad will explore the many facets of this source genre, which is also richly preserved in the Darmstadt State Archives, from the period between the Napoleonic Wars and until after the collapse of the monarchy.


On 1 September at 7 p.m., the actor Hubert Schlemmer will read from letters of Grand Duke Ludwig III of Hesse and by Rhine in a public evening event. Dr. Rainer Maaß will be the moderator.


The event will be accompanied by harpist Bettina Linck.

Admission is free.

Darmstadt Arts and Crafts Market - 20. + 21. August

Darmstadt Arts and Crafts Market - 20. + 21. August

If you are looking for an unusual piece for your home, an original gift or a special piece of jewellery, the traditional Darmstadt arts and crafts market is just the place for you.


On the third weekend in August, almost 90 artisans will once again present all kinds of works made of wood, glass and ceramics, metal, precious stones, fabric and leather. This year, for the first time, the market will be held on Friedensplatz. Between the Hessisches Landesmuseum and the city centre, there is plenty of space for the stalls and workshops and the exhibitors.

Pedelecs at the Darmstadt Shop

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.

Artist-in-Science-Residence - until 4. September

Artist-in-Science-Residence - until 4. September

25. July until 4. September


The studio residency at Rosenhöhe in Darmstadt is linked to a collaboration with one renowned Darmstadt research institute at a time: Luca Spano works with the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research. In his work, the Italian artist tries to make the invisible visible, to show matter and antimatter in images and thus to explore the boundaries of science and science fiction.


The project is a cooperation between "Culture of a Digital City" and ESA/ESOC, GSI and hessian.AI.

Darmstadt Wine Festival - 1. to 4. September

Darmstadt Wine Festival - 1. to 4. September

From Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 September 2022, almost 40 wine and gastronomy stands invite visitors to take a culinary stroll, taste, enjoy and linger in Wilhelminenstraße.


Numerous wineries from Hessian wine-growing regions such as the Bergstrasse and the Rheingau, from Rheinhessen and the Palatinate as well as from the Nahe and the Moselle will present their fine wines at the stands. Among them are many family-run businesses as well as winegrowers who have specialised in organic winegrowing or cultivate special grape varieties.


Opening hours of the wine festival:

Thursday to Saturday: 12 noon to midnight

Sunday: 12 noon to 9 pm

Free shuttle bus Mathildenhöhe

Free 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.

Nadira Husain at Artists‘ Colony Museum - until 2. October

Nadira Husain at Artists‘ Colony Museum - until 2. October

From 26 June to 2 October 2022, the Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt is showing a solo exhibition by the artist Nadira Husain (*1980, lives and works in Berlin, Paris and Hyderabad). In her works, she weaves figures, symbols and ornaments from different cultural backgrounds into complex visual worlds that reflect the artist's own multicultural experience.

Darmstadt Card

Darmstadt Card

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 €.



Public transport

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.


Free admission

Kunsthalle Darmstadt


Price reduction

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

Open Day at the House of History - 10. September

Open Day at the House of History - 10. September

After an enforced break of more than two years due to Corona, the House of History in Darmstadt can once again be visited as part of an open day. The four archives housed in the so-called Mollerbau are looking forward to taking you behind the scenes as part of the Open House Day.


Marvel at the historical architecture and the archive treasures dating back some 1200 years, be enchanted by a magician or experience the "world premiere" of a film with Mario Adorf. And of course: indulge yourself with coffee, cake and piano music.


Open Day at the House of History

10. September 2022, 11 am to 5 pm

Christopher Street Day - CSD Darmstadt - 20. August

Christopher Street Day - CSD Darmstadt - 20. August

Darmstadt has its own Christopher Street Day since 2011 and it's the largest event for and by LGBT people in Darmstadt. The CSD displays what everyone already knows: sexual and gender diversity are part of a city society and must be protected and supported. Anyone who is visiting, demonstrating, discussing and celebrating the CSD not only experiences a great day, but at the same time sends out a signal for a diverse and colourful urban society, for equal rights in all areas of life and against intolerance, homophobia and transphobia. The CSD Darmstadt is organised by the club vielbunt e.V.

Guided tours

Guided tours

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.

Shopping with the Darmstadt Gutschein

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.

ESA Space Tour (in German only)

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.

Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt - UNESCO World Heritage

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. .

Days of Industrial Culture Rhine-Main: Shaping the Future - 3 to 11. September

Days of Industrial Culture Rhine-Main: Shaping the Future - 3 to 11. September

Over 200 opportunities to discover the diversity of industrial culture in the Rhine-Main region: The "Rhine-Main Industrial Heritage Days 2022" are taking place this year from 3 to 11 September under the motto "Shaping the Future". The focus is on the question of the future and how we can shape and manage transformation processes in all areas of life - from digitalisation to climate change, from sustainable mobility to globalisation. The programme also provides insights into otherwise closed plants and facilities and illustrates what industrial culture has to do with our own everyday lives.

Raus ins Grüne - Raus in die Region

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.

Großer Woog - Naturfreibad


Großer Woog - Naturfreibad

The popular bathing lake is located in the center of the town and nevertheless forms an island of peace and seclusion. The "Großer Woog" is not only a place of rest and bathing pleasure. The nature paradise is also a meeting place for many waterfowl, such as Stockenten, Gießhühner and Great Blue Heron. The beautiful spacious park invites you to rest and linger.


The Woog was probably created as a quenching pond in the middle of the 16th century. Around the year 1820 he was first mentioned as a public bathing pond.


The entire ensemble, consisting of "family bath" and "island", is under monument protection. The functional building on the family pool side was rebuilt following the example of the "Frauenbad" ("womens' bath"), which was created in 1927/28, and was handed over to the public in 1994.


Swimming pool "Family Bath"



Swimming pool "Island"



The summer season for the Woog swimming pool is mid May to September.




Partner of the DARMSTADT CARD:

reduced admission

App "Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt" - Travel back in time

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

Pop up stage on Ludwigsplatz - July to September

Pop up stage on Ludwigsplatz - July to September

From July to September, there will be a pop-up stage on Ludwigsplatz on six dates.



13.8. Holger Henning Quartett

10.9. Denise Frey


This project was initiated and made possible by Wir für Kultur, Darmstadt Marketing and Darmstadt Citymarketing. As part of the development concept for Darmstadt's city centre ("DAmittendrin") adopted by the city council, the small stage on Ludwigsplatz will cause a stir and make people listen on six dates between 9. July and 24. September.


The concerts and events always take place between 3 and 5 pm, admission is free.


The Kulturkiste is a charming pop-up stage that has been used since last summer for low-threshold performances at various locations in the city.

Discover World Heritage: Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt and Messel Pit Fossil Site - with the Darmstadt Card

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.



Darmstadt Shop Luisencenter
Luisenplatz 5
64283 Darmstadt 
Tel.: +49 6151 - 1345-13
Fax: +49 6151 - 1347-5858


Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm
April to October, Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm

ℹ️ The Darmstadt Shop will be closed on Sundays during the Hessian summer holidays (until 2.9.2022). ❗️

Current information on COVID-19

Frequently asked questions and answers to the most impotant rules are listed on the webiste of the State of Hessen. For further information or the daily incidence level in Darmstadt please visit the website of the City of Darmstadt.

World Heritage "Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt"

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.