City Hotel Darmstadt
Adelungstrasse 44,, Darmstadt, Hesse, 64283, Germany
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"Bockshaut" - street sign
Travel Tips for Darmstadt
Darmstadt had its Nine Eleven on 11 September 1944, when 234 British bombers dropped over 280,000 fire bombs in less than half an hour, killing well over ten thousand people and making seventy thousand homeless.
Much of the city was completely destroyed, including the central area and the Old Town.
In 2004, on the sixtieth anniversary of the bombing, the city set up these posters with photos of the burning city. In a speech on that occasion, the Mayor Peter Benz spoke about cause and effect in German history, saying said that the horror of the fire night of September 1944 had its origin on January 30, 1933, when Hitler and the Nazis came to power in Germany. The mayor said that Darmstadt had "paid a high price for the crimes and the war of aggression" of the Nazis.
Rebuilding the ruined city after the war was a huge and lengthy task. By an unfortunate quirk of history, the post-war reconstruction period coincided with an unprecedented phase of rabid motorization, so city-planning in those decades meant planning for cars, not people. (This is true of most German cities, not only Darmstadt.)
To this day Darmstadt is disfigured by an overblown street system that generates unnecessary motor traffic and encourages speeding. Fortunately the city has also managed to establish a functioning tram and bus system, and there is even a serviceable network of local and regional bicycle lanes.
Second photo: A poster showing burnt-out buildings in Darmstadt after the bombing.
I love a lot walking over old cimetaries. There is a wonderful atmosphere. This is even better in the early evening of a cold day in winter: the calme, the snow, the cold, the stones, the smell int he air .... We nearly had to run here, because it was almost 5pm, when the cimetary closes in winter time. And we were looking for the grave of Flotow, a german componist, who died 1883 in Darmstadt. We had no idea where to go, but we found it!!!!! Vt girls and their guides don't need a plan, they just know where to go.....
Another good Indian restaurant - Rangoli
A colleague of mine who is vegetarian and I go often out for some dinner. And usually the best options for vegetarians are Indian restaurants. Some time ago we have discovered this new Indian in Darmstadt and were very much pleased with food and selections.
The interior is very lovely (well, it depends on one’s taste), salmon coloured walls and opulent silver chairs. The variety in menus is enormous, from spicy Madras style to mild vegetarian ones, the meat dished are with lamb, chicken, beef or fish. They have a bit more and different starters than the Shalimar restaurant (also samosas) and also more lassies to select of. The prices are similar to the ones in Shalimar.
On our evening we had cheese (4 €) and vegetable (3,50 €) pakoras as starters, nan bread (1,50 €), my friend had a selection of vegetables with rice (10,50 €) and I had a chicken vindaloo (12,80 €). All was very much tasty and delicious, and we got more rice without having to pay for it. Of course we haven’t left any space for a desert – maybe next time.
Overall we have been satisfied with the dishes and it is difficult to chose between Rangoli and Shalimar. Only in German, but it describes the atmosphere and food :-) Restaurant review
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Waldspirale - Unique Architecture from Hundertwasser
The famous architect Hundertwasser planned one of the last buildings here. I guess he never saw it finished. But I did ... for you. This guy was really crazy. But see yourself...
There's a wonderful park full of sycamore trees at Mathildenhöhe, it's called "Platanenhain". Apart from the wonderful trees there's sculptures by Bernhard Hoetger here that symbolise the circle of life.
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