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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Porcelain Collection of the Grand Duchy of Hessen in Prinz-Georgs Palais
With the opening of the Porcelain Museum in 1908, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine made the princely family's possessions, which had been accumulated over centuries, accessible to the public.
One focus is on the ceramic products of the Kelsterbach factory and the Höchst and Frankenthal factories located in the region. With Meissen, Nymphenburg, Sèvres, Vienna and St. Petersburg, further important manufactories are represented. With more than 4,000 objects from faience, stoneware and porcelain, the collection provides an overview of the artistic development of European ceramics from its beginnings to the end of the 19th century.
The museum is open during the summer months, from 1. April to 31. October.
Partner of the DARMSTADT CARD:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
Refill Station - free tap water
In the Darmstadt shop as well as in all cafés, bar and shops with this sticker at the window, it is possible to charge free tap water in an own bottle.
The Café Fräulein Mondschein in Wilhelminenstraße is also Refill-partner.
The volunteer project Refill aims to avoid plastic waste, protect the environment, drink good water and inspire people to live more plastic-free. Refill is intended to strengthen and promote the urban community and neighborly togetherness.
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.
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. .
⭐️We are looking for the Glühwein Princess 2023⭐️
You love the Christmas season, have a personal connection to Darmstadt and are between 18 and 29 years old?
Then apply now to be the Glühwein Princess 2023!
The main task of the Darmstadt Mulled Wine Princess is to give the Darmstadt Christmas Market a friendly face. Together with the Lord Mayor and other stakeholders, the newly crowned Glühwein Princess opens the Darmstadt Christmas Market and presents the new motif of the Glühwein glass. On all Advent Saturdays, the mulled wine princess will be present in the city centre and in the Luisencenter, giving away chocolate ice lollies to the little visitors and standing by as a popular photo motif.
As a thank you, the mulled wine princess will receive a shopping voucher worth 500 euros for the Luisencenter.
The casting for this year's mulled wine princess will take place online and again in the mall of the Luisencenter Darmstadt.
On-site casting at the Luisencenter: Saturday, 7 October, 1 to 6 p.m.
Online casting: from Thursday, 7 September to Frirday, 6 October
Prospective candidates who apply online do not have to come to the casting at the Luisencenter in addition. Online applications and on-site applications will be treated equally.
We look forward to receiving your application!
The Glühweinprinzessin is a joint project of the Luisencenter Darmstadt, the Michels photo studio, the Darmstadt Showmen's Association, Darmstadt Citymarketing e.V. and Darmstadt Marketing GmbH. The project is accompanied by the FRIZZ Magazine Darmstadt.
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.
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
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
"Wiesion" special exhibitioin at the bioversum - 5. May until 31. October
MAY 17, 2023 TO OCTOBER 31, 2023.
The bioversum is part of the BioDivKultur project and is currently working diligently on a new exhibition around the theme of insects, spiders, meadows and mowing. What exactly are insects and spiders? What do we mean by meadows and how did they come into being? What does haymaking have to do with insects and why does the topic of mowing not only concern people with their own lawns?
The exhibition "Wiesion" is dedicated to all these questions and many more.
The castle park is open daily from 9:00 to 19:00.
The "Infopoint Mathildenhöhe" is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm.
In addition to information on the World Heritage Site "Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt", tickets for the guided tours of Mathildenhöhe are also available here.
Attached to the Infopoint is a small kiosk where you can buy cold drinks, coffee and ice cream.
The Infopoint is located in Olbrichweg, on the north side of the exhibition building (rear side), between the Wedding Tower and the Hochschule Darmstadt h_da.
In all participating shops in Darmstadt you can have your drinking bottles filled with tap water free of charge.
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
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.
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.
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 €
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.