Discover Darmstadt

Take your time for one of the numerous attractive leisure offers: Live animals from all over the world
can be visited in the "Vivarium". A boat trip over the Steinbrücker Teich at the Oberwaldhaus, public parks and the Botanical Garden of the Technical University Darmstadt lure into the green. In summer, two bathing lakes invite you to go for a swim. The  "Jugendstilbad" in its original historical atmosphere from the year 1909 has its doors open all year round.

You can find information about festivals and events in the event calendar. And if you like shopping, have a look at Darmstadt Citymarketing e.V.

Darmstadt's culinary side

If a break is required, numerous streets and squares in the city centre invite you to linger and enjoy a little break. Thanks to the mild south Hessian climate, the open air season often starts in March and reaches far into October. It is therefore not surprising that around half of the seats are offeredare outdoor.

Cafés, restaurants and more.

Leisure time in Darmstadt

Enjoy your time in Darmstadt and discover our City of Science on one of the numerous guided tours to scientific or cultural topics.

Here you will find all current events: Guided Tours


You can also explore Darmstadt on your own. In the Zoo Vivarium live 2,000 exotic and native animals from 190 species. The climbing forest is perfect for everyone who’s not afraid of heights. Culture lovers will find a variation of exhibitions, plays and performances in the various theatres, museums, cinemas and galleries.

Darmstadt’s green side

Nice weather? A boat trip over the Steinbrücker Teich at Oberwaldhaus, the large parks such as Herrngarten, Rosenhöhe and Orangerie as well as the Botanical Garden of the Technical University Darmstadt lure into the green.


During a walk along the Waldkunstpfad (forest art trail), the Ludwigsturm invites you to take a break and enjoy the view as far as Frankfurt. To cool off in the summer, try the bathing lake "Großer Woog" in the city centre. And the "Jugendstilbad", in the original historic ambience from 1909, with sauna, spa area and all-year outdoor pool with sunbathing area, offers swimming fun in any weather.

Out of Darmstadt

The surrounding area of Darmstadt also offers numerous sights, cultural offers and leisure facilities. How about a bike ride to Steinbrücker Teich, a game of mini golf and then coffee and cake at Hotel-Café Oberwaldhaus right on the lake?


Ancient fossils can be admired in the visitor centre of the UNESCO World Heritage Messel Pit Fossil Site. At Frankenstein Castle also starts the Burgenweg, which over a distance of 120 km connects many castles and palaces between Darmstadt and Heidelberg.

Leisure time im Darmstadt

Here you can find some activites for your leisure time in Darmstadt

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Darmstadt Card

The Darmstadt Card offers reductions in various culture and leisure facilties as well as free use of public transport in fare zone 40.