Finding Darmstadt's landmark is not difficult: like a protective hand, the Wedding Tower on a hill just east of the city centre raises the fingers of its pediment. The "Wedding Tower" is part of the unique ensemble from the times of the Artists' Colony Darmstadt from around 1900 and points the way to Mathildenhöhe.
As a reaction to industrialisation, around 1900, artist colonies were created in Germany. In Darmstadt, on the "Musenhügel", a document of the departure for modern forms of construction and housing grew - starting point for modern industrial design. That is why not only the people of Darmstadt find their city crown unique, the Conference of Ministers of Education put the Mathildenhöhe on the German proposal list for future UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The application documents for the World Heritage nomination of the Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt have already been submitted. The final nomination dossier and all other documents will be submitted to the Conference of the Ministers of Education and submitted from there through the Federal Foreign Office as an official application by Germany in 2019 to UNESCO in Paris. Current information about the project "World Heritage!" and lots of background information on the artists and buildings on Mathildenhöhe can be found on www.mathildenhoehe-darmstadt.org.
Discover the Mathildenhöhe
Darmstadt Marketing offers numerous guided tours on the Mathildenhöhe. In addition to the general tour "Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt - On the way to the UNESCO World Heritage" also tours of the Museum Artists' Colony Darmstadt, guided tours in the Russian Chapel or costumed tours of the area are on offer. In addition to public appointments, for which individuals can purchase tickets online and in the Darmstadt Shop, all tours can also be booked individually for groups.
Book your ticket for a public guided tour on "Guided tours".
Individual tours for groups can also be booked online.
Artists' Colony Museum Darmstadt
The Ernst Ludwig House was designed as a studio building by Joseph Maria Olbrich. Since 1990, the Artists' Colony Museum exhibits here the work of all 23 artists who worked on the Mathildenhoehe between 1899 and 1914. Downhill from the museum lie seven of the eight artists‘ houses, which were show-cased during the first exhibition in 1901 (three further exhibitions were held in 1904, 1908 and 1914).
Impressions: Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt
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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.
Art Nouveau in Darmstadt
UNESCO World Heritage in the region of Darmstadt
Darmstadt ist part of the Geo-Naturpark Bergstraße-Odenwald, which, since 2015, is part of the "International Geoscience & Geoparks Programm" of UNESCO and thus bears the label "UNESCO Global Geopark".
The Geopark extends between the rivers Rhine, Main and Neckar on more than 3,500 km², with a spacious landscape with diverse nature and geology, worth protecting.
The Messel Fossil Pit was added in 1995 as the first German natural monument in the list of UNESCO World Heritage. It uniquely sheds light on the early evolution of mammals and documents the history of earth's evolution 48 million years ago, when explosive changes in the flora and fauna took place after the end of the dinosaur age.
The Lorsch Abbey was a Benedictine abbey. It was founded in 764 and was a power, intellectual and cultural centre until the high Middle Ages. The Lorsch King's Hall is the architectural highlight of the UNESCO World Heritage. The building with its antique and early medieval facade decoration is one of the best preserved examples of Carolingian architecture.