A mini guide to Darmstadt


Darmstadt is not a hidden gem nor is it a place that features in the book of 100 places to visit before you die. Darmstadt is a place that you could visit if you’re in the area. Say, for example, you are bored in Frankfurt, you can just hop on a train and in 30 minutes you will be in Darmstadt. If you do end up in Darmstadt, there are some places you should visit, and others you could give a go if you are the kind of person that just likes to wonder around and stumble upon nice cafes and interesting architecture.

Here you will find a compilation of a few interesting corners that I have come across in my mini excursions throughout the city. This page is a work in progress, and I very much welcome any tips you might have on things to do and places to visit in Darmstadt.

Disclaimer: These are only suggestions, don’t hold me accountable if you end up being bored out of your mind in Darmstadt. 🙂

Check out:

  • Mathildenhöhe

Also known as Darmstadt’s Artists’ Colony, today it is a museum that houses works from the time the group of artists lived here. This colony started in 1899 and created architecture and objects of art in the Jugendstil (or Art Nouveau style). See more on the buildings here. There is also a very golden Russian orthodox church, that was built when the tzar Nikolaus II married princess Alix von Hessen-Darmstadt, this brings an exotic atmosphere to the place.

  • Das Schloss

Right in the middle of the city, also part of the university, this opulent building stands as a gateway from the city centre to the Staatstheater and city park (Herrengarten).

In the summer time you can also enjoy a fresh beer in the student-run Schlossgarten cafe – Prost!schloss4

  • The city parks

The city is surrounded by lush greenery,  there are lots of cool woods, and there also are a few city parks. For example…

The Herrengarten (or the men’s park – don’t ask me why its called like that!):

The Rosenhöhe:

  • Other things – streets… houses…

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