In 1899, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig invited seven young Art Nouveau artists to the Mathildenhöhe – the birth of the Darmstadt Kuenstlerkolonie or Artists' Colony, which existed until 1914. In four large exhibitions, the artists displayed their visions of a modern, art-based world. The buildings together form the „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 final nomination dossier and all other documents have be submitted to the Conference of the Ministers of Education and from there through the Federal Foreign Office as an official application by Germany in 2019 to UNESCO in Paris. The final decision will be made by UNESCO in the next meeting of the World Heritage Commitee.
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.de.
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).
360°-degrees tour of Mathildenhöhe
Discover the Mathildenhöhe with a virtual panorama tour.
With 360°-shots you can independently move "over the Mathildenhöhe", jump to the Rosenhöhe or walk down to the Fraunhofer-Institute and into the city.
Click here for the Mathildenhöhe tour of watch-my-city.
Impressions: Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt
©Darmstadt Marketing/Rüdiger Dunker
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.
How's Mathildenhöhe looking right now?
With the webcam of "Darmstadt im Herzen" you can have a look at Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt everytime you like.
Online shop of Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt
Art Nouveau in Darmstadt
Have a break on Mathildenhöhe
Directions to Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt
Arrival by bus & train
From Darmstadt main station with the bus F towards Oberwaldhaus (stop on the west side of the main station, rear exit) to stop "Mathildenhöhe".
From Darmstadt Ostbahnhof it is a five to ten minute walk.
Arrival by car
There are no parking spaces on the Mathildenhöhe. Parking spaces within walking distance:
- Jugendstilbad, Mercksplatz 1: parking spaces for cars and 2 coaches
- Parking garage darmstadtium, Alexanderstr. (opposite house no. 2)
For buses there is a stop at Mathildenhöhe (Olbrichweg 13) for groups to get on and off. Parking for buses: at the Rosenhöhe in Wolfskehlstrasse (address: Bernhard-Sälzer-Platz)
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.