The most beautiful location for weddings
It is said that Darmstadt's Wedding Tower on Mathildenhöhe is not only Germany's highest location for weddings, but also the most beautiful one.
Just recently on a walk there, I was lucky to see that the tower was open to public (which is not often on Sundays in winter), and so I took a glance inside. Amazing !!!
At the walls of the entrance hall, Friedrich Wilhelm Kleukers has realized two extraordinary mosaics with reference to the tower’s meaning of love and happiness - "The Kiss" and "Faithfulness".
In the upper levels, grand duke Ernst-Ludwig and his wife Eleonore, for whom the tower was built in early 20th century, had their rooms - the room of the grand duke, which today is the chambers of civil registry office, and the room of the grand duchess, which is now the marriage room. Since 1993, many marriage ceremonies took place here.
Another touching little story is shown and told in a showcase: the marriage cups. Once, a princess loved a goldsmith. Her father wasn't happy with her choice at all and threw the boy into jail. As he realized that this wont destroy his daughters' love for the goldsmith, he promised to release him, if he could build a cup, of which two persons can drink at the same time. Inspired by his love, the goldsmith modelled his beloved, her long skirt being a cup, her hands holding another small cup, flexible assembled. The father couldn't break his promise, and the two lived happily forever. These cups are for sale, made by a local goldsmith.
The tower is open from March 1 - October 31, 10 am - 6 pm.
Adult Education Center (VHS)
The Adult Education Center in Darmstadt shares this building, the Justus-Liebig-Haus, with the city library and the city art gallery.
In front of the building there are two sculptures, one of a slim naked ballerina and one of a book-seller.
Second photo: The ballerina.
Third photo: The book-seller.
Justus-Liebig-Haus, Große Bachgasse 2, Darmstadt
49°52'17.90" North; 8°39'27.32" East
Darmstadt's Mathildenhohe district is home to some very beautiful and interesting Jugendstil architecture. Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig founded an artist colony here in 1899. He comissioned seven great artists - BEHRENS BOSSELT BURCK CHRISTIANSEN HABICH HUBER & OLBRICH. Their first assignment was the building of houses where the artist both worked and resided. The last exhibition of the Art Nouveau artists was in 1914 during the start of WW l. I don't really know a lot about art in general far less about Jugendstil or even Art Nouveau, but I do know that no one builds houses like these anymore = the houses are indeed a work of art.
Why isn't this the theater?
Well, it used to be. First from 1819, when it was built, to 1871, when it burned down; and then once again from 1879 to 1944, when it was destroyed by bombs.
After the Second World War the ruins of the Old Theater remained standing for decades (like those of the Old Opera House in Frankfurt), because nobody could quite decide what to do with them.
Finally after half a century the Old Theater was rebuilt, but with a different function. It is now used for city offices, including the "House of History" a.k.a. the city archives.
Peter Behrens’ House at Mathildenhöhe
Peter Behrens (1868-1940) was a self-taught architect. His design for his own house and its interior represented his debut and was finished for the 1901 exhibition at the artists colony at Mathildenhöhe.
Having one and the same architect and interior designer gave the house a particularly pronounced consistency. It was however also the single most expensive house in the exhibition. Behrens never lived in it, choosing instead to sell it shortly after the exhibition.
It was heavily damaged in World War II, but at least the exterior has been largely restored to its original state. Some articles and pieces of furniture were apparently removed from the house at an earlier date and have thus survived.