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
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.
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
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 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 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
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
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...
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...