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Darmstadt
Travel Guide

Darmstadt which includes a square or plaza, street scenes and a fountain

A city in the state of Hesse just south of Frankfurt, Darmstadt was once the seat of the famous Landgraves of Hessen-Dramstadt in the 1600s.

The one-time capital of the Grand Duchy of Hesse, Darmstadt was, in old times, the home of Grand Dukes who lived in what is now the Residenzschloss at the Marktplatz. Its distinctly modern status as a scientific and industrial center belies this regal heritage, as the city had to transform dramatically in the wake of the Second World War. The Allied bombing campaign destroyed much of the old town.

The city has two varied scientific claims to fame. The first is that it has an element on the Periodic Table named after it: Darmstadtium. The second is that it was Darmstadt where ecstasy was first manufactured in 1912 by chemist Anton Köllisch, while working for a local pharmaceutical company.

Despite this, today Darmstadt is most renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture, great examples of which survived the Second World War bombings. Take a trip to the Künstlerkolonie Mathildenhöhe to explore the small park and art museum, both wonderful examples of this style of architecture. You can also pay a visit to Park Rosenhöhe in the east of the city, around the corner from Ostbahnhof Station. This stunning park with a beautiful rose garden is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll.

The city's centerpiece landmark is Langer Ludwig. This statue, erected atop a sandstone column in the city center, is Darmstadt's most arresting sight. The 128-foot (39-meter) attraction is open for the public to climb inside on the first Saturday of every month. So book your place on a walk up to enjoy a captivating view of Darmstadt.

The city is also surrounded by alluring sights. In particular, head for the Castle Frankenstein located just outside Darmstadt. This hilltop castle dates back over a thousand years, and is owned by the Barons von Frankenstein; it has been claimed to have been the inspiration behind Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein.” While you’re there, enjoy a ride on the Feurige Elias, the only steam-powered train on the city’s tram network, which circles Darmstadt Castle and Alsbach in spring (and goes further to Griesheim in summer). It's an ideal opportunity to explore the regal town in full.

Where to stay in Darmstadt

Moxy Darmstadt
Moxy Darmstadt
3 out of 5
Georg-Ohm-Strasse 1, Darmstadt
The price is £54 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Situated in Darmstadt, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Luisenplatz Square and Darmstadt State Theatre. Hessisches Landesmuseum and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (62 reviews)
Nice but lacking some services
"Room very small, no dresser, barely room for laptop on tiny stand, no laundry service. But staff super friendly and helpful, hotel very clean."

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Moxy Darmstadt
Maritim Hotel Darmstadt
Maritim Hotel Darmstadt
4 out of 5
Rheinstrasse 105, Darmstadt, HE
The price is £58 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in the heart of Darmstadt, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Luisenplatz Square and Darmstadt State Theatre. Hessisches Landesmuseum ...
4.2/5Very Good! (737 reviews)
Great stay
"Great hotel. Will stay again!"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2020

Maritim Hotel Darmstadt
Limehome Darmstadt
Limehome Darmstadt
3.5 out of 5
Wilhelminenstraße 10, Darmstadt
Free cancellation
The price is £76 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Mitte, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Darmstadt State Theatre and Luisenplatz Square. Darmstadt Palace and Hessisches Landesmuseum ...
4.4/5Excellent! (8 reviews)
"Really nice structure, one of the best where i have ever been"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

Limehome Darmstadt
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Comfortable Quite Room in 1-family House, Perfect Public Transportation
Comfortable Quite Room in 1-family House, Perfect Public Transportation
Laakirchener Straße 49, Obertshausen, Hessen
The price is £61 per night from 15 Jun to 15 Jun
Situated in Obertshausen, this holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Capitol, German Leather Museum and Messe Offenbach. Rumpenheim Palace and Goethe Tower ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Excellent Bed
"We were late because of airline delays and didn't get there until 2230. Georgios was understanding and cared enough to wait up for us. We were four hours late! My daughter and I shared this room with the best bed ever... very comfortable. The small bathroom was perfect for a hot shower and everything ..."

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2019

Comfortable Quite Room in 1-family House, Perfect Public Transportation
Large Luxury Villa With Swimming Pool
Large Luxury Villa With Swimming Pool
11 An den Römergärten, Kelkheim, Hessen
The price is £9,031 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Situated in Kelkheim, this villa is within 6 miles (10 km) of European Baha'I House of Worship, Rhein-Main-Therme and Opel-Zoo. Jahrhunderthalle and Main-Taunus-Zentrum ...
Large Luxury Villa With Swimming Pool
Ferienwohnung Weingut Dr. Dahlem
Ferienwohnung Weingut Dr. Dahlem
3 out of 5
Rathofstraße 21, Oppenheim
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of German Wine Museum, Oppenheimer Basement Labyrinth and St. Catherine's Church. ...
Ferienwohnung Weingut Dr. Dahlem
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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