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Darmstadt – what shall I say. I currently still live here and have worked here for approximately 24 years. I lived here because of work, and now it is time to move on.
Maybe this is why I never really considered the town as a traveller destination, although I tried my best to see it through travellers’ eyes. It has some nice sights to see, yes. But overall, it is expensive in almost every aspect, especially compared to more famous towns with more sightseeing possibilities like Munich and London, cities I visit on a regular base. Nevertheless, I came to peace with the city. I found a small amount of shops I like, I found some nice restaurants (albeit some of my favourites are closed by now) and I have discovered the touristy side of the town. That is what I will write about. The not so good feelings about the town and the annoyances with traffic and high prices and attitudes I will level and forget them at a point in time because – by now they are transiently and will be gone as soon as I have left the town and live in a more sincere and beautiful environment where people, their needs and desires count and where money isn’t no. 1 in the heads of the officials. And where I am surrounded by a beautiful landscape and no longer by this flat unappealing setting.
Historical aspects of Darmstadt
The history of Darmstadt's surroundings dates back to 8th century when Eberstadt, now a southern suburb, was first mentioned in documents of the Lorsch’s monastery, at its time one of the oldest monasteries of Carolingian Empire.
In 1330 Holy Roman Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian of House of Wittelsbach chartered Darmstadt as city for the count of Katzenelnbogen, which included the right to hold markets. Hence the hamlet grew and gained significance. When Katzenelnbogen family died out mid of 15th century, the town fell to the landgraves of Hesse who took seat here. Later it was then appointed shire “Hessen-Darmstadt” and early 19th century Grand Duchy of Hesse.
.In early 20th century Ernst Ludwig, last Grand Duke of Hesse, established the Artists’ Colony on Mathildenhöhe, through which Darmstadt became a quite important centre of Art Nouveau in Germany. A lot of the buildings of this period still exist and Ernst-Ludwig-Haus is now an interesting museum featuring Art Nouveau.
More interesting landmarks are located on Mathildenhöhe: the Hochzeitsturm (marriage tower), now the symbol of Darmstadt and the Russian Chapel, commissioned by Tzar Nikolas II, who had married Alexandra, sister of Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig. Nearby Mathildenhöhe is a beautiful park called Rosenhöhe, also partly with Art Nouveau structures.
More to come soon – I am completely revising this page, especially considering that I started to write the majority of reviews back in 2004 when my English was sloppy and definitely not appropriate.
Today Darmstadt is being promoted as "City of Science" due to the accumulation of scientific institutes such as ESOC (European Space Operation Center), GSI (Helmholtz Institute for Heavy Ion Research), four Fraunhofer Institutes (IT specific functions), EUMETSAT (European Organisation for Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) and several others. Headquarters of several international and European companies are located in the city such as Merck KGaA (chemical-pharmaceutical company and main provider for liquid crystals), Wella AG (Haircare), Carl Schenk AG (process engineering), Software AG (biggest European provider for software systems and solutions) and T-Online (said to be the biggest European internet provider).
The scientific significance is being expressed by the creation of chemical element Darmstadtium in the aforementioned GSI. In a way GSI can be considered as the “little sister” of CERN in Switzerland.
My contribution about Darmstadt on @Virtualtourist:
As of October 17, 2013, I have finished to completely revise this page, especially considering that I started to write the majority of reviews back in 2004 when my English was sloppy and definitely not appropriate.
Other pages about Darmstadt on @VT:
To my delight Don, @Nemorino wrote about his impressions of Darmstadt based on several visits, especially to its opera.
October 2005 I had two lovely guests staying at “Hotel Ingrid”. I am happy that Joan, @Scottishvisitor did find time afterwards to tell us her view of the city :-)
Make sure you also read what Tim, @Antistar suggests to see and visit when in Darmstadt.
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- Pros:Mathildenhöhe and the artists' colony are definitely worth a visit
- Cons:Unfortunately Darmstadt's marketing is not really visitor oriented, especially when it comes to foreign visitors; strange opening hours, exceptionally high parking fees and a rather unattractive town centre
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