Hotel Donnersberg

Donnersbergring 38, Darmstadt, Hesse, 64295, Germany
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Wedding Tower - archit. details

by Trekki

The Hochzeitsturm (wedding tower) was a gift of Darmstadt's citizen to Gossherzog (Grand Duke) Ernst-Ludwig on the occasion of his marriage with Elenore von Solm-Hohensolms-Lich in 1905. Architect was Joseph Maria Olbrich (1867-1908), who has designed the tower according to echelon gables of gothic brick buildings in northern Germany. The finished building, however, is of Expressionism style.

The tower is 48,m m in height, and architectonically separated into three parts:
Grey base with entrance portal,
the nearly windowless body of the tower, made of dark-red clinker and the
five pinnacle top with copper foil and violet blind stones.

On top of the entrance, sculptor Heinrich Jobst (1874-1943) has created a relief, which shows personifications of the four virtues of rulers: strength, wisdom, fairness and benignity. The inscription below mentions the marriage and is flanked by the coat of arms of Darmstadt (the lion).

The mosaics at the portal, in gold and blue pieces, have been designed by Friedrich Wilhelm Kleukens (1878-1956, of Vereinigten Werkstaetten fuer Mosaik und Glasmalerei Puhl & Wagner - Gottfried Heinersdorff in Berlin-Treptow - associated studios for mosaic and glass painting).

Kleukens also designed the sundial on the southern side on the tower. It shows the 12 signs of zodiac, and lines of poet Rudolf Binding express the immortality of life.

On the northern tower side, Albin Müller (1871-1941) has shaped a turret clock, framed with gold leaf. It shows the Christian symbols of faith, love and hope (cross, heart, anchor).

Update August 2010:
website removed, since it was no longer valid (fourth time since I started writing my page back in 2005). And since I am sick and tired about Darmstadt's city officials' incompetence in context with websites 1) in English and 2) to keep at least a German version for more than a couple of month, I don't bother anymore to add a website.....

Frankenstein's Castle. Oh yes,...

by bonjella

Frankenstein's Castle. Oh yes, the original where people called Frankenstein really lived! It's a bit ruiness now but hte views over Darmstadt, Eberstadt and towards Frankfurt are very good.
The resurant up there is very good, but they take ages to serve and service isn't good anyway. Food is good though :)

you have to go up here on Haloween week! Great fun!

Luisenplatz - Darmstadt's main square

by Trekki

Luisenplatz is Darmstadt's main centre square. Since years, it is free of car traffic (all cars are lead through the city tunnel). However, it is still the main traffic junction of town, as it is the crossing of all street trains for changing lines. It is usually jammed with people, street trains and busses (maybe at night I could probably take a picture with less crowds :-)), and non-locals should pay extra care not to be run over by one of them (serious !).

The name of this square derives from Grossherzogin (grand duchess) Luise, whose husband Ludewig I is the ever-present main centre of the square, on top of the monument. "Langer Lui" (long Lui, Lui is Hessian dialect for Ludwig), how the monument is called among the locals, has been erected on the occasion of the first constitution, given to Darmstadt in 1844.

A bit older (1780) is the collegiate building on the northern part of the square (the one in the photo), domicile for the ministries. It was destroyed in WWII, but rebuilt true to original, and now houses the regional council.

Update August 2010:
website removed, since it was no longer valid (fourth time since I started writing my page back in 2005). And since I am sick and tired about Darmstadt's city officials' incompetence in context with websites 1) in English and 2) to keep at least a German version for more than a couple of month, I don't bother anymore to add a website.....

Mathildenhoehe - artist's colony museum

by tessy

Visiting the artist's colony museum was a real pleasure. In the exposition you find the things of the everyday life: furniture, plates, cups, vases, jewels. ..... I can't really say what impressed me most, everything was just impressing. Thanks again to my excellent guide for opening my eyes for the beauty of Darmstadt!
We had a combi ticket for the museum and the exposition hall. The single ticket for the museum is 3 €.

Mathildenhoehe

by tessy

There are lots of beautiful details to discover on Mathildenhoehe. Have a look at Schwanentempel from Albin Mueller (1914). Another wonderful detail is the Mosaiknische on the back of the exposition hall. It was also made by Albin Mueller.

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