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.

World Heritage Site "Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt"

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 World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Cultural Organisation has also included the "Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt" on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Further information on the artists and buildings on Mathildenhöhe can be found on www.mathildenhoehe-darmstadt.de.


Note: The Exhibition Hall on Mathildenhöhe will remain closed due to extensive renovation work in 2021.

Map of Mathildenhöhe

Discover the Mathildenhöhe

Darmstadt Marketing offers numerous guided tours on the Mathildenhöhe. In addition to the general tour "Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt" 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".

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).

Exhibition at the Artists' Colony Museum Darmstadt

03.10.21 - 30.01.22

albinmüller³. architect designer teacher

In autumn 2021, the Institute Mathildenhöhe will celebrate the 150th birthday of the architect, designer and spatial artist Albin Müller. The exhibition in the Museum Artists' Colony places a special focus on Müller's mutual activity as artist-designer and teacher in the years 1900 to 1914.

Impressions: Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt - Celebrating the World Heritage Titel (2. + 3. October 2021)

Impressions: Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt - Celebrating the World Heritage Titel (2. + 3. October 2021)

©Darmstadt Marketing/Rüdiger Dunker

Buildings on Mathildenhöhe

Exhibition Hall on the Mathildenhöhe

Ausstellungsgebäude Mathildenhöhe

The "Hochzeitsturm“ (Wedding Tower) and the Exhibition Hall (1907-1908) were the work of Joseph Maria Olbrich. Hidden under the hall is the fascinating vault of a walled water reservoir, a technical masterpiece. The…
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64287 Darmstadt

Ernst-Neufert-Bau (Ledigenwohnheim)

Ernst-Neufert-Bau (Ledigenwohnheim)

The "Ledigenwohnheim“, a hostel for single people, was built to the plans of Ernst Neufer in 1954/5 and is one of the five completed "Meisterbauten“ on the Mathildenhoehe in Darmstadt. Neufert’s plans were used in a…
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64287 Darmstadt

Large Glückert House

Großes Haus Glückert

The "Large Glückert House“, designed in 1901 by Joseph Maria Olbrich for the furniture maker Glueckert, served him as an exhibition room until the break-up of the Artists‘ Colony. Since 1971, the Large Glückert House has…
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Alexandraweg 23

64287 Darmstadt

Behrens House

Haus Behrens

Peter Behrehs, painter and craftsman, built with his first work an architectural monument. For the first exhibition of the Artists‘ Colony in 1901, he designed his own home with complete interior fittings – an example…
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Alexandraweg 19

64287 Darmstadt

Deiters Haus

Haus Deiters

In 1902, Olbrich built for Wilhelm Deiters, director of the first exhibition of the Artists‘ Colony, the house with the distinctive corner tower at the east entrance to the Mathildenhoehe. With a surface area of 8.9 by…
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Mathildenhöheweg 2

64287 Darmstadt

Habich House

Haus Habich

House Habich was the residential home with studio of the Darmstadt sculptor Ludwig Habich, designed by Joseph Maria Olbrich for the exhibition in 1901. Destroyed in the war, it was re-built in 1951 in a somewhat…
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Alexandraweg 7

64287 Darmstadt

Olbrich House

Haus Olbrich

The residence of the architect Olbrich was built in 1901. It was damaged in the second world war and in a much simpler form, re-built in 1950/1. Today, only the blue and white tiles on the facade remind one of the…
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Alexandraweg 28

64287 Darmstadt

Ostermann House

Haus Ostermann

The villa on the edge of the Mathildenhoehe was built in 1908 for Paul Ostermann, the director of the collection of the grand duchy, by Alfred Messel, the architect of the state museum. The classsical style of the villa…
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Eugen-Bracht-Weg 6

64287 Darmstadt

Wedding Tower


The Hochzeitsturm (Wedding Tower), with its famous five fingers profile, was a wedding present from the city of Darmstadt to Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig and Princess Eleonore von Solms-Hohensolms-Lich in 1905. It is a…
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Olbrichweg 13

64287 Darmstadt


Small Glückert House

Kleines Glückert Haus

Olbrich had actually designed the house in 1901 for the sculptor Rudolf Bosselt, one of the first seven artists of the Artists‘ Colony, who was however unable to finance its completion. The furniture maker Julius…
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Alexandraweg 25

64287 Darmstadt

Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

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.

Free shuttle bus Mathildenhöhe

The World Heritage shuttle bus runs - free of charge - daily between the city centre and Mathildenhöhe.


Between 11:16 am and 4:46 pm, it leaves the darmstadtium/Kongresszentrum (at the side of the Residential Palace) stop every 30 minutes. On the way he stops at the Art Nouveau baths and at the Ostbahnhof.


It goes back every 30 minutes between 11:32 am and 5:02 pm from the Olbrichweg stop (Museum Artists' Colony).


Timetable and stops: Welterbe-Shuttle

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 here about 200 m to the Mathildenhöhe.

From the Ostbahnhof Darmstadt (including the Odenwaldbahn stop) it is approx. 550 m on foot. The World Heritage shuttle bus also stops here.


Current timetable information for buses and trains on www.heagmobilo.de and www.dadina.de.

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. Approx. 800 m to Mathildenhöhe.
- Parking garage darmstadtium, Alexanderstraße (opposite house no. 2). Approx. 800 m to Mathildenhöhe.
- Parking garage Schlossgarage/Karolinenplatz, online reservation possible, Friedensplatz 4. Approx. 1 km to Mathildenhöhe.

> At darmstadtium/Residential Palace and at the Jugendstilbad, you can change to the free World Heritage shuttle bus.


Disabled parking spaces: Two parking spaces are available at Olbrichweg 10, in front of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.


For coaches

Buses can only stop for drop off and pickinig up of passengers. Parking is available at Rosenhöhe in Wolfskehlstraße (address: Bernhard-Sälzer-Platz). From there approx. 500 m on foot to the Mathildenhöhe. Or change to the free World Heritage shuttle bus at the Ostbahnhof (approx. 100 m from the bus parking spaces).


Further parking possibilities for buses are at the Jugendstilbad (Mercksplatz, public WC), at the Messplatz and at the Böllenfalltor stadium.

City map (PDF 4,3 MB)

Public toilet: Wedding Tower

On the square in front of the wedding tower there are public toilets for women and men on the left facing the "Platanenhain".

The toilets are open all day.


A barrier-free toilet is located in the Museum 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.

Mathildenhöhe colouring pages

The colouring pages of the Hochzeitsturm (Wedding Tower) and Mathildenhöhe can be downloaded as a PDF and printed.

Malvorlage Hochzeitsturm

Malvorlage Mathildenhöhe

Online shop of Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

What does UNESCO-World Heritage mean?

The UNESCO World Heritage title is awarded to outstanding sites that have an "exceptional, universal value". More then 1,100 sites in 167 countries are listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Germany is represented with 50 sites on the list.

Have a look at all German UNESCO sites on the website of UNESCO-Welterbestätten Deutschland e.V.

UNESCO World Heritage in the region of Darmstadt

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.


From the Mathildenhöhe to the Messel Fossil Pit:
Take bus line FU from stop "Mathildenhöhe" (on Dieburger Str.) to stop "Grube Messel - Besucherzentrum Grube Messel" on Landesstrasse 3317. The walk to the visitor centre is then around 500 meters.

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.

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.