Frankfurt & Southern Rhineland

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 supremely elegant Jugendstil furniture, tableware, textiles, ceramics and jewellery.

Prices for temporary exhibitions vary. The area is surrounded by a lovely hilltop park with fountains; on the western slope is a Russian Orthodox chapel. From the centre, take bus F.

Free one-hour tours in English take place at 4pm on the first Thursday of each month.

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1. Kirche Hl Maria Magdalena

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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…

2. Schlossmuseum

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Ornate furnishings, carriages and paintings pack the Schlossmuseum, one block east of Luisenplatz. It occupies the southeast corner of the Schloss complex…

3. Hessisches Landesmuseum

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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…

4. Luisenplatz

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

5. Grube Messel

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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…

6. Grube Messel Museum

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

7. Burg Frankenstein

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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…

8. Museum Giersch

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Lesser-known Frankfurt-area artists from the 19th and early 20th centuries are the focus of the special exhibitions at this neoclassical riverside villa,…