A medium-sized city in the Hesse region of Germany, Darmstadt is known by many to be one of the country’s more relaxed cities, in spite of its proximity to Frankfurt. What helps to attract people to the city is its vast array of Art Nouveau architecture, which is typical of many towns and cities in Germany, although the city has plenty more to offer. Darmstadt is situated in dense forest, making it a good place to visit for anyone who’s packed their walking shoes with them. Darmstadt also has a rich industrial heritage, as well as three major universities whose students have helped to give the city a pretty vibrant nightlife. Jazz music is also popular here, as is classical.
A hatchback is the most sensible option for driving in Darmstadt, as it would prove equally adept driving on the motorways and through the suburbs.
Driving in Darmstadt
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Important things to note
In the city centre, there are a number of one-way streets and tunnels, making for a confusing ride for newcomers to Darmstadt.
Traffic in Darmstadt tends to be heavier on the roads leading north towards Frankfurt. The A67 autobahn in particular can get clogged.
Darmstadt has a large number of pedestrianized streets, so in order to park in the centre, going just outside the area may be advisable instead.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Jazzinstitut Darmstadt is home to one of the continent’s largest collections of jazz music through the ages, every record being accessible to the public. It’s also a great music venue, organising major concerts from time to time.
Heinerfest, taking place at the end of June/beginning of July, is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in Germany. The festival features music, food stalls, parades and a handful of small events celebrating the local culture.
The Eisenbahnmuseum Darmstadt-Kranichstein is a railway museum run entirely by volunteers. It details how the railways helped to develop the city throughout the decades, while it’s possible to take a ride on the train to the old central station.
One of Darmstadt’s more peaceful spots is the Orangerie garden. In the south of the city, it has several fountains and places to play bowls, not to mention places to observe the local plant life or sit and watch the world go by.
The nearest airport to Darmstadt is Frankfurt Airport, 10 miles north of the city centre. It has three terminals, one of which is for first-class passengers with Lufthansa. It also serves flights to cities all over the world in just about every continent.
The airport is located by the junction between the A5 and A3 autobahns. To reach Darmstadt, go down the A5 until reaching the A672. Go east onto Rheinstra√üe until reaching the centre.