Forest spiral by Hundertwasser in Darmstadt
Forest spiral by Hundertwasser in Darmstadt© Alex Deppert Open fig caption

Darmstadt is a city characterised by magnificent Art Nouveau villas and thousands upon thousands of roses. Cosy cafés, beautiful parks, giant Californian trees and international festivals ensure you feel at home in this university town in the heart of Germany.


Darmstadt, the “city of science“, is one of Germany’s most attractive cities. It is home to numerous research institutes that have produced many well-known scientists. Situated in the southern part of the German state of Hesse, Darmstadt is also considered the centre of the Art Nouveau movement and attracts art lovers and theatre-goers alike.

Darmstadt is not a typical industrial city but boasts lots of green areas where you can relax and unwind. Darmstadt is particularly proud of its artists‘ colony, the , which was established over 100 years ago. The “Hochzeitsturm“, or “wedding tower“ and magnificent artists‘ workshops next to the Russian Chapel create a very special atmosphere. From here, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city centre and discover a number of villas that are classified as listed buildings.

North of the city centre is the building complex Waldspirale, an especially representative example of the revolutionary and colourful architecture of famous architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Just outside the city boundaries is the with the landmark “Rosarium“ and Rose Dome. Between May and November, over 10,000 roses come into flower here. Expansive lawns and shady spots make the park a beautiful and peaceful place to relax.

In the city centre, behind the Technical University, is Herrngarten, Darmstadt’s biggest and oldest park. This park was established back in the 16th century. Darmstadt has sixteen twin towns and frequently hosts intercultural festivals where you can sample international dishes and get to know other cultures.


If you like to party with friends or want to find a good spot for dancing, Hochschulviertel and Kapellplatzviertel have plenty options for you. If your German’s up to par, visit the Staatstheater with its theatrical productions, opera and dance performances, or the smaller fringe theatres. will help you plan your evening’s entertainment.

If you want to go swimming or meet up with friends, a trip to the natural swimming lake on the eastern edge of the city centre is well worth a visit. The “Große Woog“ was developed back in 1567 and offers two bathing areas and an island. If it’s raining but you still want to get some exercise, check out your higher education institution’s numerous free sports activities. More expensive but rather special is the Art Nouveau “Jugendstilbad“ where you can swim and treat yourself to a sauna.

If you don’t fancy cooking yourself, you can get typical German fare and fresh beer at restaurants in the Martinsviertel, close to the Schlossgarten or the Marktplatz. At the Marktplatz, you can also enjoy a view of the market fountain and Residenzschloss or treat yourself to some fresh strawberries. A must during a good German summer!

How to find a room in Darmstadt

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