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 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.