Darmstadt’s green side

Darmstadt offers many green areas and listed parks. The city is also surrounded by a forest belt that covers 49% of the municipal area. This makes Darmstadt one of the most forested cities in Germany.

The Ostparkweg: From the market square to the Darmbach source or to the Oberwaldhaus

Ostparkweg, fish ponds

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 source or via the Oberfeld to the leisure area at the Steinbrücker Teich.

 

Route length:
From the market square to the Darmbach spring: approx. 5.5 km
From the market square to the Oberwaldhaus: approx. 6.4 km

Sieben-Hügel-Steig (Seven-Hills hiking trail)

The 13 km long route with slight inclines starts from the Ostbahnhof, with seven hills lined up south of Darmstadt.

Rosehnhöhe: 186 m

Dachsberg: 258 m

Dommerberg: 264

Herrgottsbberg: 227

Ludwigshöhe: 242 m

Marienhöhe: 235 m

Prinzenberg: 241 m

 

A detailed description of the route to the Sieben-Hügel-Steig can be found on the Bergstraße-Odenwald website.

Planet Trail on the Ludwigshöhe

The planet trail deals with the closer cosmic environment of our earth and informs about the most important objects of our solar system. Starting from the sun, one walks through the solar system on a scale of 1 to 1 billion - every meter walked corresponds to 1 million kilometers in the solar system.

 

The distance of the path is 2.8 km and can be done in 1.5 to 2 hours. More information about the planet path on the website of the Geo-Naturpark Bergstraße-Odenwald.

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.

 

Starting point: parking lot at Herrgottsbrunnen Weg (Klappacher Str. 145, next to the police headquarters)

Hiking along the Bergstrasse

©Dirk Schmidt

The Bergstrasse forms a landscape for varied hikes. The mountain range between Darmstadt and Heidelberg is adorned with over 30 castles and palaces, which can be explored via the Burgensteig (Castle Trail) and the Blütenweg (Blossom Trail).

The Burgensteig connects 30 castles and palaces and can be hiked in nine half-day tours. It starts in Darmstadt-Eberstadt.

The Blütenweg runs through forests, meadows and vineyards. It leads past quarries, front gardens and through well-tended parks. The trail, which is divided into 5 stages, focuses on nature reserves, parks and vineyards.

Burgensteig and Blütenweg can also be combined in 9 different combinations as circular hiking trails.

Further information on the Burgensteig and Blütenweg at www.diebergstrasse.de

Overview of Darmstadt's parks and gardens

Botanic Garden of the Technical University Darmstadt

Botanischer Garten Technische Universität Darmstadt

The botanic garden of the Technical University Darmstadt dates back to 1874. Visitors can experience hundred year old exotic trees, winding paths by the local stream as well as heather and alpine gardens and swampland....
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Schnittspahnstr.11

64287 Darmstadt


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Alter Friedhof – the Old Cemetry

Friedhof - Alter Friedhof

Known today as the "Alter Friedhof“, Darmstadt’s old cemetry between the Nieder-Ramstaedter-Straße and Herdweg dates back to 1828. Originally rectangular in shape, additions in 1848, 1873 and 1894 have led to its current...
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Herdweg 105

64285 Darmstadt

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...
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Landgraf-Georg-Str.121

64287 Darmstadt


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Herrngarten

Herrngarten

Initially laid out as a large vegetable garden, the Herrngarten became a baroque pleasure garden in the 17th century und later, in the 18th century under Countess Caroline, an English-style park. To the north-east, it...
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Ludwigshöhe

Ludwigshöhe

The Ludwigshöhe, also called Bessunger Hausberg, is a popular excursion destination in the south of Darmstadt. Discovered as a destination at the beginning of the 19th century, the flow of visitors increased from year...
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Orangerie

Orangerie

In 1716 Count Ernst Ludwig established a baroque orangery garden in Bessungen. His architect Louis Remy de la Fosse planned a small castle to be used as winter quarters for the valuable citrus trees. Lack of money meant...
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Bessunger Str.44

64285 Darmstadt

Planet Trail on the Ludwigshöhe

Planetenweg

The planet trail deals with the closer cosmic environment of our earth and informs about the most important objects of our solar system. Starting from the sun, one walks through the solar system on a scale of 1 to 1...
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Auf der Ludwigshöhe 196

64285 Darmstadt


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Plane Tree Grove

Platanenhain

On the occasion of the exhibition of the Artists’s Colony in 1914, the Platanenhain, a grove of plane trees planted in the 1830’s, was decorated by the sculptor Bernhard Hoetger with a row of sculptures and reliefs,...
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Olbrichweg

64287 Darmstadt

Prinz-Emil Garden

Prinz-Emil-Garten

This intimate garden, with tiny castle, pond and wrought-iron pavilion originally contained late baroque elements, but around 1900 it was completely turned into a landscaped garden. From the terrace of the castle, the...
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Heidelberger Str.60

64285 Darmstadt

Prinz-Georgs Garden

Prinz-Georgs-Garten

In 1764, Ludwig VIII gave the former Prettlackschen Garden to his son, Prince Georg Wilhelm. The garden, which bears his name, was of a closed geometric shape. Today the baroque garden house is home to the porcelain...
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Schloßgartenstr.6b

64289 Darmstadt