Telekom Training Tagungshotel Darmstadt
Hilpertstrasse 27, Darmstadt, Hesse, 64295, Germany
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Olbrich House at Mathildenhöhe
The large Glückert House at Mathildenhöhe
Waldspirale by Hundertwasser
3. Cycling in the park near the castle
Darmstadt or Ýsemsheim
For a fair, I will be travelling to Frankfurt on May of 2003. Some of my friends adviced me to stay in neighboring towns rather than Frankfurt since it is gonna be easier and economical. Plus I will get to see more places on my way going to Frankfurt. Ýt sounds like a good plan however I am not sure which town to look for a place to stay and that will give a better insight of the region.. Please drop me a line if you are familiar with the area.. Thanks Bunch..Jay
Re: Darmstadt or Ýsemsheim
Depending on which fair is taking place the hotel prices are also higher then normal outside Frankfurt. I commute to Frankfurt every day by car. I think the public transport from Darmstadt to Frankfurt is okay. The Bergstraße (some cities are: Darmstadt, Bensheim, Heppenheim), a region in the south of Frankfurt is very nice. I can also recommend Wiesbaden.
Re: Darmstadt or Ýsemsheim
Did you mean Darmstadt or Griesheim? There are 2 Griesheims; one is just west of Frankfurt, and the other is in Darmstadt. At any rate, during a Messe or fair the hotel prices go up by 70-110%, depending on the hotel.
Offenbach (check my page)
My tip is to stay away of anything West of or North of Frankfurt, since they tend to be on the more expensive side. The reason for this, is because the automobile traffic flows better in these directions, whereas it tends to congest in the South and East.
Really expensive are
any towns that write Taunus after their name, e.g. Oberursel i.d.Taunus, Bad Homburg v.d. Taunus, Bad Soden (Taunus),
Gravenbruch (the Kempenski is where Presidents and Queens stay)
Anywhere near the Airport:
Travel Tips for Darmstadt
As one might expect for a city with such a proud artistic heritage, there are plenty of wonderful sculptures around the city. The ones that caught my eye in particular were the ones that of the human form, but twisted and contorted into different shapes, sometimes in ways that looked tortured, like the statue outside the State Museum. This one of a man turned into a hand holding a book was on Kirchstr., just up from the Stadtkirche.
State Museum - religious ivory carvings
Among the collection of Hessen State Museum are some wonderful ivory carvings (scrimshaw ?), from early medieval ages, which had been donated to Grossherzog (grand duke) Ludewig I in 1805 by Cologne art collector Baron von Hüpsch.
Ivory has been used for carvings since a very long time (by Cro-Magnon man using mammoth tusks), but the real skills in carving beautiful artwork was developed by Egyptian, Greek and Roman artists.
The ivory carving collection in the state museum consists of mainly religious objects from medieval age; diptychons, small boxes and religious book cover carvings.
Picture 1 shows the beautiful cover of a so-called "Lektionar" (a book which contained all texts for sermon readings), dated 449, and showing consul Asturius of Rome. The book frame with gilded embossed copper, and a rock crystal, however, was done in late 13th century.
Picture 2 shows an "Evangeliar" (a book with all gospels in their original form), the relief dated of early 10th century. Both objects are from St. Martin resp. St. Jakob churches in Liège, Belgium.
It dates from the medieval time.
Typical for that castle are 3 big wallsfor the protection . It was almost impossible to conquer it, but as it happened always, it was destroyed... And now, you can visit these ruins. In summer time, there is an open air theatre and they offer excellent meals there.
Hochzeitsturm - Wedding tower at Mathildenhöhe
The 48 metre high Wedding Tower is the city's landmark (and basis of its logo) and certainly one of the most prominent buildings of Art Nouveau architecture. It was erected to commemorate the
espousal of the Grand Duke of Hesse Ernest Louis with the Princess Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich following plans by the Austrian architect Joseph Maria Olbrich (1867-1908) and was finished in 1908. Olbrich was appointed by the Grand Duke to the Artists's Colony in 1899.
The idea for the top that reminds of a hand was initiated by the Grand Duke himself and coined the name to be "five fingers tower".
Also the official name Wedding Tower is animated by the fact, that people can actually marry in the tower - in the former two rooms of the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess.
An observation deck is located on the top floor.
March - October, Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 - 18:00
Entrance fee 1,50 € (reduced 0,50 €)
The White Tower
The tower was erected in 14th century and was part of the city fortification. He became heightened in 18th century. In 1944 the tower had been completely destroyed and was rebuilt of its own fragments and broken material.