The city of science with ESA and EUMET and the Technical University is also a city of Art Nouveau.
Darmstadt is known as a science city because it is home to numerous universities and research institutions. The best known are: The European Space Flight Control Center (ESA) and the EUMET (use of meteorological satellites), the GSI Hemlholtz Center as well as the Technical University and some institutes of the Fraunhofer Society.
The city, which borders the Odenwald in the south, has around 160,000 inhabitants. In its history, Darmstadt was often the state capital or the royal seat of princes. It is the city of Art Nouveau, which is directly related to the artists' colony on Mathildenhöhe. A almost 50 meter high tower (Hochzeitsturm) rises on the Mathildenhöhe.
The central place is the Luisenplatz with the Ludwigsmonument. In the area you will find numerous shops and restaurants, the Residenzschloss and one of the largest museums in Germany, the Hessian State Museum.
The Rosenhöhe Park offers numerous attractions such as sequoias.
The Jagdschloss Kranichstein is a popular destination in the north of Darmstadt, the Frankenstein Castle is the same in the south.
A very special building is the “Waldspirale” built by the famous architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
The most famous festivals in Darmstadt are the Heinerfest and the Darmstadt Wine Festival.