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

Schlossgrabenfest- June 2nd to 5th 2022

Schlossgrabenfest- June 2nd to 5th 2022

Schlossgrabenfest 2 - 5 June


After a 2-year break, the festival is finally back with more than 60 bands!

For the Schlossgrabenfest 2022, classic tickets are available for the first time. There is a one-day ticket as well as a 4-day ticket. The 1-day ticket costs from € 14.98 in advance. The 4-day ticket costs 37.50 € (i.e. 9.38 €/day). (The discounted 4-day ticket for €29.98 is unfortunately already sold out).


Tickets are available online at www.schlossgrabenfest.de and at the Darmstadt Shop at Luisenplatz. There will also be a box office here on the days of the event for any remaining tickets available at short notice.

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.

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

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.

Forest Art Trail

Forest Art Trail

The Verein für Internationale Waldkunst e.V. has been organising the "International Forest Art Trail" in Darmstadt every two years since 2002, each with a different theme. It extends in the Darmstadt forest district for 3.3 km from the Böllenfalltor to the Ludwigshöhe, past the Goethefelsen, Goethe pond and Ludwigshöhturm.


The path through the forest can be viewed as a forest adventure path in order to promote the character of scouting and exploration by the visitor. With the means of art, the forest is brought to the attention of the visitors in a new way.

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.

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

International Illustration Festival "Illustre Gestalten 14" - 4./5. und 11./12. June

International Illustration Festival "Illustre Gestalten 14" - 4./5. und 11./12. June

In the fourteenth edition of the successful illustration festival "Illustre Gestalten", German and Canadian artists make clear in new, diverse and impressive ways how they define their applied art. In doing so, they take an in-depth look at the multi-layered and exciting guest country of the Frankfurt Book Fair.


4. / 5. June und 11. / 12. June 2022

Free entry

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.

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.

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.

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

75th INMM Spring Meeting - 16. - 19. June

75th INMM Spring Meeting - 16. - 19. June

75th INMM Spring Meeting - 16. - 19. June



Altered concert formats, digitization and globalization have transformed the previous image of performance and interpretation: What happens when musicians no longer primarily act as mediators of a work, but rather express their social interactions with musical means? How do performative acts change in different concert formats? What becomes of the autonomy and individuality of performers when their musical actions are changed or consciously broken up by live electronics? The conference will address these questions in lectures and workshops.

American Heiner. A Mammoth making History. - until 19. June

American Heiner. A Mammoth making History. - until 19. June

Exhibition at the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt

25.3. until 19.6.2022


Hardly anyone knows: the Darmstadt mammoth is American and a sensation in the history of paleontology. In 1801 it was the first skeleton mounted in a museum in North America and so important that the American President Thomas Jefferson regarded its excavation as a national matter and Alexander von Humboldt saw it at the end of his 1804 American trip visited. In 1854 the skeleton came to Darmstadt via detours. So it has been Darmstadt or, as they say here, a real "Heiner" for over 150 years.

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

UNESCO World Heritage Day- June 5th 2022

UNESCO World Heritage Day- June 5th 2022

UNESCO World Heritage Day on 5 June


Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2021 and is officially participating in the nationwide UNESCO Day of Action for the first time this year. Under the motto "50 Years of the World Heritage Convention. Preserving Heritage - Shaping the Future", various guided tours and exhibitions will be offered. www.mathildenhoehe-darmstadt.de


Ticket booking at the Darmstadt Shop Luisenplatz or at www.darmstadt-tourismus.de/fuehrungen


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Exhibition: Beastly good! - until 17. July


Exhibition: Beastly good! - until 17. July

Beastly good! Loyal friends and wild beasts. Special exhibition at the Porcelain Museum

1. April until 17. July



Whether tame and prancing, wild or dangerous - animals have been a recurring motif of artistic creation for millennia. On the occasion of the 300th birthday of Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hesse Darmstadt (1722-1782), the Grand Ducal Hessian Porcelain Collection brings together all the creatures of land and sea, forest and garden, stable and zoo. Monkeys, lions and elephants, dogs, birds and insects - the selection is extremely diverse and testifies to the inexhaustible imagination of the ceramists of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.




Partner of the DARMSTADT CARD:

reduced admission

Ostparkweg - from the city centre to the Darmbach source

Ostparkweg - from the city centre to the Darmbach source

The Ostparkweg leads from Darmstadt's city centre along the Darmbach to the east, to the Darmbach source behind the Fischerhütte or as an alternative to the Oberwaldhaus at the Steinbrücker Teich.


The Ostparkweg connects the recreational areas close to the city such as the Rudolf-Müller-Anlage, the Woog, the area around the Botanical Garden with the forest behind the Lichtwiese to the Darmbach spring or via the Oberfeld to the leisure area at the Steinbrücker Teich.



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

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.