Darmstadt attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Darmstadt

Grube Messel

A Unesco World Heritage Site, this one-time coal and oil shale quarry 10km northeast of Darmstadt is renowned for its superbly preserved animal and plant remains from the Eocene era (some 47 million years ago). Earl…
Arts Centre in Darmstadt


Established in 1899 at the behest of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig, the former Künstlerkolonie (artists' colony) at Mathildenhöhe is famous for its Darmstädter Jugendstil architecture. Its on-site museum displays supremel…
Castle in Darmstadt

Burg Frankenstein

Built by Lord Konrad II Reiz von Breuberg around 1250, this hulking, partly ruined hilltop castle was visited by Mary Shelley on her German travels in 1814, inspiring the title of her famous novel and its protagonis…
Museum in Darmstadt

Hessisches Landesmuseum

An exceptional selection of works by pop artist Joseph Beuys is the highlight of the wide-ranging art collection at the Hesse State Museum. Other displays include art nouveau pieces from around the world, along with…
Museum in Darmstadt


Ornate furnishings, carriages and paintings pack the Schlossmuseum, one block east of Luisenplatz. It occupies the southeast corner of the Schloss complex, one-time residence of the landgraves and grand dukes of Hes…
Church in Darmstadt

Kirche Hl Maria Magdalena

Mathildenhöhe’s western slope is graced by the three golden onion domes of this mosaic-adorned Russian Orthodox church. It was built from 1897 to 1899 for the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, who married Darmstdt-bor…
Museum in Darmstadt

Grube Messel Museum

Fossils excavated at Grube Messel are on show in Grube Messel's own museum, in a pretty half-timbered house.
Square in Darmstadt


Darmstadt’s focal point is the 18th-century Luisenplatz, a veritable hive of activity thanks to the adjacent shopping precinct, which stretches south from the Luisencenter shopping mall.In the centre of Luisenplatz,…