Welcome to Darmstadt
Famed for its technical university, Darmstadt is a designated Wissenschaftsstadt (City of Science). The super-heavy element Darmstadtium was first created at Darmstadt's GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research) in 1994. The city’s glass-and-stone conference centre is also called the Darmstadtium.
In 2017, Darmstadt won Germany’s first ever Digital City award for its investment in a sustainable digital future; already, the power supply for the entire tram network has been converted to 100% green electricity.
The surrounding area has some fascinating sights, including the Unesco-listed archaeological site Grube Messel, and fabled castle Burg Frankenstein.