Darmstadt Travel Guide

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.

Things to see and do in Darmstadt


Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

The Mathildenhöhe is one of main Darmstadt´s attraction, 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).


Russian Chapel

Russian Chapel Darmstadt

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

18, Nikolaiweg, 64287 


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


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


Orangerie Darmstadt

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

Bessunger Str. 44, 64285


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 

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 

St Ludwig

St-Ludwig Darmstadt

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

Wilhelminenpl. 9, 64283


Jugendstilbad Darmstadt

The Jugendstilbad was built between 1907 – 1909.

It is a true temple of wellness.

Merckspl. 1, 64287


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

Darmstadt’s Science and Conference Centre

Kongresszentrum Darmstadt

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

The conference complex also has a restaurant, the Calla.

Schloßgraben 1, 64283 

St Elisabeth Church

St-Elisabeth DarmstadtSt Elisabeth Church

Georg Park DarmstadtPrinz-Georg-Garten

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

Schloßgartenstraße 57, 64289 

Frankenstein Castle

Frankenstein Castle Germany

The Frankenstein Castle is located 14 km 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

Intercity Hotel

Intercity Hotel©Intercity

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.


Poststraße 12, 64293

Maritim Konferenzhotel

Maritim Konferenzhotel©Maritim

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.


Rheinstraße 105, 64295

Hotel Jagdschloss Kranichstein

Hotel Jagdschloss Kranichstein©Hotel Jagdschloss Kranichstein

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.


Kranichsteiner Str. 261, 64289

Malls and Department Stores

Galeria Kaufhof

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 

Luisencenter Darmstadt

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

Brands: Levi´s, Bonita, Zero.

Luisenpl. 5, 64283


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.


Frankfurt – 35,7 km

Mannheim – 57,8 km

Heidelberg – 58,5 km

Wiesbaden – 46,2 km

Würzburg – 123 km

Nuremberg – 236 km

Koblenz – 134 km

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