Darmstadt Travel Guide

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Darmstadt Highlights

  • Pro
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    kanskje says…

     being a University city, it has many pubs and a lot of young citizens 

  • Con
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    kanskje says…

     Small and not too many attractions. Don't think I would have travelled here if it wasn't for visiting a friend. 

  • In a nutshell
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    sabsi says…

     Better than I thought after my first visit! 

Darmstadt Things to Do

  • Marktplatz - market square

    Marktplatz (market square) is another square in the town centre, but located opposite of the main entrance of Residenzschloß (Residence Castle). Fruit and vegetable market is being held here on Saturdays, where mostly local produces are being sold. However, compared with other cities like Mannheim, the market here in Darmstadt is nothing to write...

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  • Waldspirale - Hundertwasser house

    Yes, Friedensreich Hundertwasser also built one of his typical houses here. It is called Waldspirale (translates into something like forest spiral). It is said to be the 7th building in Germany by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and it was completed in 2000 with 105 appartments, playground for kids, an artificial lake and some restaurants and bars....

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  • Botanical Garden, incredible plant...

    Botanical gardens are something special, provided the plants have been planted many years ago so that they are already quite huge. Darmstadt’s Botanical Garden was initiated in early 19th century, but had to move several times until it finally settled where it is still today: in the east of town, just east of Großer Woog, the public swimming lake....

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Darmstadt Restaurants

  • Maybe the best local food and beer in...

    Braustübl is a lovely and usually quite crowded pub with own brewery, ideal for groups. A lot of different beer tastes are available and good meals; snacks and regular meals, local and Bavarian style. I highly recommend to make a reservation because it is popular, especially during the week (a popular hangout for business groups and...

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  • Fürstenbahnhof - CLOSED NOW

    Update, February 2011: the restaurant is closed now. I leave the tip but have deleted my review since it might be still listed in guidebooks.Don't save or rate anymore.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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  • Cocktails - all you can imagine :-)

    In my early days in Darmstadt I liked Cubana because it served excellent Mexican/Cuban food in burrito style. But when I was there in summer 2006, I was badly disappointed with the food. They must have changed the chef or their directives or ingredients. Whatever they did, their rellenos were definitely not freshly made but convenience food and...

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Darmstadt Nightlife

  • Strange But Cool

    This is one of the cooler places in town. It has a dance floor downstairs, live bands upstairs, a piano bar, and a small movie theater. They also sell food. I would go here while in the army but the owner did not like american soldiers much so it was always a pain but the people and atmosphere are good.Web Site:...

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  • Clubbing

    There's quite a few clubs around here.. There's the Irish Bar.. Cuckoo's Nest.. and the one next to it (forgot the name)... There's Matrix I think.. Which I've never been, but I was told, "A lot of GIs go there".. I been to one called.. A... A5.. or something like that.. they had 2 rooms.. One for hiphop, the other for oldies. Fantastic place,...

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Darmstadt Transportation

  • Quick and efficient: to and from...

    With the so-called HEAG Airliner bus service visitors who would like to travel to and from Frankfurt International Airport have a quick and efficient option. The bus departs at Darmstadt’s main train station every half hour and drops off the passengers at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of Frankfurt International Airport. The bus ride takes approx. 30...

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  • Facilities at Darmstadt's main train...

    Darmstadt’s main train station was renovated and extended to the west some time ago. Hence several shops opened on this western exit, which is the one opposite of the city entrance. The main facilities and shops are located in the eastern side facing the city and include:Bahn ticket shop, Bahn information point, a small supermarket (with hefty...

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  • Darmstadt Card - for a day visit

    Visitors to Darmstadt might consider purchasing the so-called “Darmstadt Card”. Since public transport within the zone “40” is included in this card it seems to be the best option for a relaxed visit and less hassle. No need to be caught in the strange and heavy traffic and no need to park the car in one of the overpriced parking garages.As of...

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Darmstadt Shopping

  • Flower magic at Goldner

    This happens more and more in the larger and mid size cities: chain shops take over and expel old-established and good shops. This is also true for Darmstadt city and definitely a reason for me to avoid the town for spontaneous shopping. Regarding florists – I cannot remember a good flower shop in the city where it is fun to buy a bouquet for any...

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  • If you crave for tea – Gschwendner

    There might be other tea shops in Darmstadt, but I like this because I find teas I like. Tee Gschwendner belongs to a franchising chain, but they offer very delicious teas, different varieties in different regions of Germany. As far as I have seen, the tea is available only in loose form (no teabags); this starts from 100 g up to 1000 g. Their...

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  • A very special wedding gift

    Some time ago I received a remark about the wedding cup story from a prominent VT member who was about to marry (she is married in the meantime). So I researched and found the lady who is responsible for having made Darmstadt’s Wedding Tower a place for weddings again. She is one of the Friends of Wedding Tower (Förderverein Hochzeitsturm) and they...

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Darmstadt Local Customs

  • Wedding Tower: architectural details

    The Wedding Tower was a gift of Darmstadt's citizen to Grand Duke Ernst-Ludwig on the occasion of his marriage with Elenore von Solm-Hohensolms-Lich in 1905. The architect was Joseph 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,...

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  • State Museum - Roman Mosaic Floor

    The small archaeological exhibition in Darmstadt’s State Museum was dominated by a 7 x 5 metre mosaic floor of roman age, 175 AD. It shows Oceanus, the oldest aquatic deity of Greek-roman mythology, surrounded by several half human, half animal figures, fish and birds. The material used for the rich colour play in the mosaic are red and yellow...

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  • State Museum - religious ivory carvings

    Among the collection of State Museum are some wonderful ivory carvings from early medieval ages, which had been donated to Grand Duke Ludwig 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...

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Darmstadt Warnings and Dangers

  • Avoid driving: parking fees,...

    Anyone who would like to visit Darmstadt: please leave your car at home or at the rental company. Use public transport which is good and frequent, albeit slightly expensive compared with other public transport systems, e.g. Munich or Berlin.Parking cars in the town centre can be a nightmare and parking fees are inappropriately high, compared to...

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  • Beware of Nutella thieves !!!!

    A very serious danger is waiting around in Darmstadt these days .Nutella thieves are practically mugging every household in search of their favourite dish - Nutella !You can't do anything against them - just pick them off the Nutella jar and throw them out of the house.Don't you dare to rate this tip !!!! (I did not place it here to be rated, I...

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  • Stick to traffic rules! Better for your...

    In no other German town (or anywhere in Italy for example) I have experienced or heard of that many hidden traffic controls as I’ve experienced it in Darmstadt in the many years I live here. The “delicts” noted down and issued range from “wrong direction” parking in streets, driving through streets reserved for residents only, crossing a solid line...

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Darmstadt Tourist Traps

  • Russian Chapel

    by sabsi Updated Jun 11, 2003

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    Make sure to buy a brochure BEFORE strolling around the Mathildenhöhe. Unlike me, who - as usual - bought one afterwards and realised at home that I have missed some of the best bits.

    Unique Suggestions: Have a look at the things you find. They are all gorgeous!

    Fun Alternatives: Hmmm get a book or brochure before even going and prepare your trip there. Unlike me who spontaneously decided to leave the Autobahn here.

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Darmstadt What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Written Mar 12, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: Rainy season: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 10 – 19°C ( 50 - 66°F ); min: 2 - 9°C ( 36 - 49°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 24°C ( 70 - 75°F ); min: 11 - 13°C ( 51 - 55°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 7 – 20°C ( 45 - 68°F); min: 2 - 10°C ( 36 – 50°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 3 – 6°C ( 38 - 43°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )

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Darmstadt Off The Beaten Path

  • Charming Gross-Umstadt to the east

    Earlier I already mentioned that Darmstadt was heavily bombed in the last days of WW II, which is why the once beautiful old town was destroyed. Only in some town districts half timbered-houses are still left. But because Darmstadt is located close to one of the German scenic roads, the German Half-Timbered House Road, it is only a 20 minutes drive...

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  • Magnificent Art Nouveau House -...

    As already mentioned in the to-do section, Darmstadt was famous for Art Nouveau end of 19th/early 20th century. Mathildenhöhe is the part of town featuring the majority of Art Nouveau houses. However, also in Bessungen, the old district south of the city centre, some superb buildings are located. It simply needs some walking away from the main...

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  • 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,...

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Darmstadt Sports & Outdoors

  • Jugendstilbad – pamper yourself

    Since 2008 the gorgeous Art Nouveau public bath opened its doors after substantial renovation. The bath was built during the town’s Art Nouveau heydays in 1909 but fell into disrepair after having been heavily bombed in WW II. I remember that I saw it when I arrived in Darmstadt in 1989 and felt so sorry for this once so grand building. Shortly...

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  • Travelling Aikidokas are warmly welcome

    If you are Aikidoka, visiting Darmstadt or vicinity and you feel the need of practising: you are warmly welcome to join our training sessions at Aikikai Darmstadt.Training schedule:Tuesday 19:00 - 21:00 (beginners and advanced students); Wednesday 19:00 - 21:00 (beginners);Thursday 19:00 -21:00 (beginners and advanced students);Saturday 16:00 -...

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Darmstadt Favorites

  • Hey, tourist office: do some benchmark...

    Oh well, what can I say….. in my humble opinion a tourist office that is closed on Sundays and open on Saturdays until 16:00 only is not necessarily what I call visitor friendly. But what did I expect? It is no secret that I don’t like the town much and especially the ones responsible for tourism. But I am not alone with this feeling. To quote an...

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  • Why visit Darmstadt ?

    The city was been badly bombed during WW II, so there is no old town centre. There are hardly any half-timbered housed here, and if, only in remote places the average visitor won’t likely find. The town centre itself is not very appealing with its after-war architecture without any specific charm.The parks are nice, but not really something to...

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  • Darmstadt – why it looks ugly at first...

    I live more or less 25 years in this city, and, in the beginning I have seen mostly its centre. I found it very ugly and up to now could not decide to like it. But some time ago I started to do a bit of research about its history and came to understand why it is so ugly in the centre. Though I don’t like it better now, but I found some peace with...

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Nice Spanish Tapas Bar (El Cid)
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Coffee and cake on Mathildenhöhe
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Excellent Indian Restaurant
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Bavarian beer garden atmosphere
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Culinary delights from Eritrea
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Lebanese delights, very good!
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Devoted to potatoes
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State Museum - old microscopes
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Russian Chapel - architectural details
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A beautiful location for weddings :-)
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The best shop to get CDs
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Hugendubel and Thalia bookstores
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Old Theatre – sadly no longer in use
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Stadtkirche
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Prinz Georg Palais: finest porcelain collection
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Amazingly beautiful Rococo garden
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Herrngarten – Darmstadt’s large “green lung"
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St. Ludwig – the most amazing church
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Prinz Emil Garten: another enchanting little park
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Orangery, symbol of Darmstadt’s former significanc
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Bessungen – one of the charming districts
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Rosenhöhe - the most charming garden
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Artist Colony houses – finest Art Nouveau
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The Lily Basin – beautiful when cleaned
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Ernst-Ludwig Haus – Art Nouveau collection
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Platanenhain - and boule in summer
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Russian Chapel, Darmstadt's link to the last Tzar
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Wedding Tower – tribute to the duke
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Mathildenhöhe & Artists’ Colony
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Hessisches Landesmuseum: still closed (renovation)
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Residence Castle – home to the police
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The White Tower - guards the city, somehow
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Luisenplatz - Darmstadt's main square
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Don't miss a side trip to Bergstrasse
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Letters and cards vanish sometimes..
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St Ludwigskirche
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Ludwigsäule
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Darmstadtium
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Schlossmuseum
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Residenzschloss
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