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is a city in Hesse, Germany, located a little south of Frankfurt.
to World War II, Darmstadt was the capital of the Grand Duchy of Hesse.
The Grand Dukes used to live in what is now the Schloß Marktplatz.
It is also the birth place of the last Empress of Russia, Tsarina Alexandra
Feodorovna Romanov, who was born as Princess Alix Viktoria Helena Luise
Beatrice of Hesse and by Rhine. Sadly, much of the old city was destroyed
in carpet bombing by the Allies during World War II, and most of what is
still standing was reconstructed after the war. Darmstadt also lost its
status as the capital of Hesse after the war, the honour now lying with
the nearby city of Wiesbaden.
The popular recreational
drug Ecstasy was first synthesised in Darmstadt in 1912 by a chemist known
as Anton Kollisch while he was working for the pharmaceutical company Merck.
The ProRegio Darmstadt tourist
office is located at Im Carree 4a, on the second floor.
Darmstadt is famous for its
Jugendstil (art nouveau) buildings. Many of the buildings survived the
massive destruction of Darmstadt in September 1944. Visit the Künstlerkolonie
Mathildenhöhe, to see the most interesting ones. This is the most
beautiful part of Darmstadt. There is also a small park and an art museum
Darmstadt's landmark is the
Ludwig, a statue on a huge sandstone column located right in the city
center. When you visit Darmstadt, you can't avoid it. On the first Saturday
of every month (and during special events) it is open for the public, meaning
that you can climb the column (through a stair located on the inside) and
get a beautiful view over Darmstadt.
The huge Hundertwasser house
"Waldspirale" ("Forest Spiral") was finished in 2000. It is a wonderful
example for Friedensreich Hundertwasser's (the famous Austrian architect
and painter) colourful architectural designs.
The original Castle Frankenstein
is located near Darmstadt in Mühltal. The Castle is first mentioned
in the records in the year 948, and initial construction of the Castle
ruins remaining today began in the 13th century. The 14th and 15th centuries
saw expansion, followed by construction of reinforcements in the 16th.
It was owned by the Barons von Frankenstein who owned most of the surrounding
land until 1662 in which the Baron of that time sold the property to the
Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt. A story about the castle served as the inspiration
for the Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein, after she visited the castle
A nice baroque garden is the
The garden with several fountains is located in the south of Darmstadt
in the heart of Bessungen. In the summer people are playing boule or just
relaxing in the grass. To get there take the tram number 3 and exit at
the station Orangerie.
||Festivals and regular
Heinerfest - Held once
a year at the end of June/beginning of July (2007:June 28–July 2). The
Festival occupies the whole inner city for 4–5 days. It is the largest
"Inner City Festival" of Germany.
An annual music festival (usually in May) in the city center. The dates
for 2008 are May 29 – June 1. Entry is free.
Darmstadt - A monthly breakfast club meeting. Entry is free.
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HOTELS IN DARMSTADT, HESSE, GERMANY
browsing Hotels in Darmstadt, Germany and surrounding areas
This resort is located in
Darmstadt. Messel Pit Fossil Site is a local point of interest. Hotel Hornung
features a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café, and laundry facilities.
This Darmstadt property has event space consisting of banquet facilities
and conference/meeting rooms. Wireless Internet access is available in
public areas. Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary
breakfast is served daily. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property
amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby. This is a smoke-free
property. There are 38 guestrooms at Hotel Hornung.
This hotel is located in
Darmstadt. Messel Pit Fossil Site is a local point of interest. Dining
options at Maritim Konferenzhotel Darmstadt include a restaurant and a
bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational
amenities include an indoor pool and a sauna. High-speed Internet access
is available in public areas. This Darmstadt property has event space consisting
of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms.
Additional property amenities include currency exchange. This is a smoke-free
property. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, bidets, makeup/shaving
mirrors, and hair dryers. Televisions have satellite channels and pay movies.
Rhein-Main Hotel Darmstadt
Maritim Rhein-Main Hotel
is a business-friendly hotel located in Darmstadt and attractions in the
region include Messel Pit Fossil Site. Dining options at Maritim Rhein-Main
Hotel include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available
during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and
a steam room. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public
areas. This Darmstadt property has event space consisting of banquet facilities,
conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. Guest parking is available
for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include currency exchange.
This is a smoke-free property. Wired high-speed Internet access is available
for a surcharge; guestrooms also offer direct-dial phones