Darmstadt Germany: 1-day Itinerary

Darmstadt is a city in Germany located in the state of Hessen 35 km from Frankfurt. It is the old capital of the Duchy of Hesse.

Georg Park DarmstadtDarmstadt Germany

How to spend 1 day in Darmstadt Germany

In this 1-day itinerary in Darmstadt, discover the main attractions of the city.

Day 1 in Darmstadt

Start the day by visiting Mathildenhöhe, one of the city’s must-see attractions, where Duke Ernst Ludwig established an artists’ colony in 1899. Climb the Hochzeitsturm tower and visit the Russian Chapel located next to the tower.

Head to the Hessisches Landesmuseum, a museum that houses the art and natural history collections of the earls and grand dukes. On Marktplatz, located near the Hessisches Landesmuseum is the Schlossmuseum.

The Schlossmuseum has a collection that traces the ancient history of the Duchy of Hessen-Darmstadt.

Located near the Schlossmuseum is Luisenplatz, the city’s central square surrounded by buildings, shops, and restaurants. It houses the 33-meter commemorative column of Ludwig I, Ludwigsäule.

Things to see

  • Mathildenhöhe
  • Russian Chapel
  • Hochzeitsturm
  • Hessisches Landesmuseum
  • Marktplatz
  • Schlossmuseum
  • Luisenplatz

Itinerary Map

Sights in Darmstadt

1. Mathildenhöhe

Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

The Mathildenhöhe is one of the main Darmstadt attractions, where Duke Ernst Ludwig established an artists´ colony in 1899.

You will see many Art Noveau houses, art exhibitions.

It´s worth visiting the Hochzeitsturm´s platform (Wedding Tower).

Mathildenhöhe

2. Russian Chapel

Russian Chapel Darmstadt

The Russian Chapel is an orthodox Russian church built between 1897 – 1899. It was used as a private chapel by the last Czar.

18, Nikolaiweg, 64287 

3. Stadtkirche

Stadtkirche Darmstadt

The Stadtkirche is a protestant church located in the pedestrian area of Darmstadt.

The church has Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque elements.

An der Stadtkirche, 64283

4. Waldspirale

Waldspirale Darmstadt

The Waldspirale is a residential complex in Darmstadt. The construction was finalized in 2000.

The complex has more than 105 apartments and more than 1000 unique windows.

Waldspirale, 64289

5. Orangerie

Orangerie Darmstadt

The Orangerie was established in 1716 by Duke Ernst Ludwig. Today the buildings are used as a restaurant and a place for many events.

Bessunger Str. 44, 64285

6. Schlossmuseum

Schlossmuseum Darmstadt

The Schlossmuseum  was established in 1924.

The exhibition is about the history of the Duchy of Hessen-Darmstadt and the history of the city as a royal residence through portraits, furniture.

Marktpl. 15, 64283 

7. Hessisches Landesmuseum

Landesmuseum Darmstadt

The Hessisches Landesmuseum was opened in 1906.

The museum houses collections of art and natural history of the counts and grand dukes.

Friedenspl. 1, 64283 

8. St. Ludwig

St-Ludwig Darmstadt

St. Ludwig is a church built in 1827. It was the first catholic church after the Reform.

Wilhelminenpl. 9, 64283

9. Jugendstilbad

Jugendstilbad Darmstadt

The Jugendstilbad was built between 1907 – 1909.

It is a true temple of wellness.

Merckspl. 1, 64287

10. Rosenhoehe

Rosenhoehe Darmstadt

The Rosenhoehe is a highlight of Rosenhoehe Park with a wide variety of roses.

It also serves as the cemetery for the dukes, with two impressive mausoleum buildings in its remote parts.

Rosenhoehe, 64287

11. Darmstadtium – Science and Congress Center

Kongresszentrum Darmstadt

Darmstadt’s Science and Conference Centre was built between 2005 – 2007.

The conference complex also has a restaurant, the Calla.

Schloßgraben 1, 64283 

12. St Elisabeth Church

St-Elisabeth DarmstadtSt Elisabeth Church

The St Elisabeth Church is located 1 km from the Marktplatz near the Herrngarten Park and the Prinz-Georg-Garten.

Schloßgartenstraße 57, 64289 

13. Frankenstein Castle

Frankenstein Castle Germany

The Frankenstein Castle is located 17.5 km (10.8 miles) from Darmstadt city center.

It is believed that the castle served as inspiration for Mary Shelley when she wrote her Gothic novel, Frankenstein.

64367, Burg Frankenstein, 64367 Mühltal, Germany

Where to stay in Darmstadt

1. Intercity Hotel Darmstadt

Intercity Hotel©Intercity Darmstadt

The Intercity Hotel Darmstadt is located 1,8 km from the Luisenplatz close to the Central Station.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, safe, minibar, work desk.

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Poststraße 12, 64293

2. Maritim Konferenzhotel Darmstadt

Maritim Konferenzhotel©Maritim Hotel Darmstadt

The Maritim Konferenzhotel Darmstadt is located 1,4 km from the Luisenplatz.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, work desk, safe. The hotel has a swimming pool.

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Rheinstraße 105, 64295

3. Hotel Jagdschloss Kranichstein Darmstadt

Hotel Jagdschloss Kranichstein©Hotel Jagdschloss Kranichstein Darmstadt

The Hotel Jagdschloss Kranichstein is located in a green area 5 km from the Luisenplatz.

All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some accommodations have a sitting area.

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Kranichsteiner Str. 261, 64289

Malls and Department Stores in Darmstadt

1. Galeria Kaufhof Darmstadt

Galeria Kaufhof is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.

The company features brands like Esprit, S. Oliver, Tom Taylor, Gerry Weber, Tommy Hilfiger, Bugatti, Olymp.

Rheinstraße 2, 64283 

2. Luisencenter Darmstadt

The Luisencenter Darmstadt is located at Luisenplatz close to the Galeria Kaufhof.

Brands: Levi´s, Bonita, Zero.

Luisenpl. 5, 64283

3. LOOP5 Darmstadt

The LOOP5 is located 4,5 km from the Luisenplatz.

Brands: Douglas, Levi´s, Mango, Marc O´Polo, Marc Shoes, Swarovski, Saturn.

Gutenbergstraße 5, 64331

Plan your Trip

Darmstadt has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Frankfurt, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Wiesbaden, Würzburg, Nuremberg, Koblenz.

Distances

Frankfurt – 33. km (20.7 miles)

Mannheim – 57.8 km (35.9 miles)

Heidelberg – 61.6 km (38.3 miles)

Wiesbaden – 46.2 km (28.7 miles)

Würzburg – 123 km (76.3 miles)

Nuremberg – 230 km (143 miles)

Koblenz – 134 km (83.4 miles)

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