Darmstadt is rightly proud of its cultural life. It may be a small city, but it has plenty to offer. Art is woven into the fabric of the city, which is considered to be the centre of the Art Nouveau movement. Examples of its Art Nouveau design include its artists’ colony, the Mathildenhöhe, which, with its pretty gilt turrets, a Russian chapel and artists’ workshops, was established more than 100 years ago, and the Rosenhöhe (an English-style rose garden where over 10,000 roses bloom each year).
Anyone interested in architecture will also be fascinated by the Waldspirale apartment block, north of the city centre – an example of the radical, colourful design of the architect Freidensreich Hundertwasser.
Theatre-lovers should check out the Staatstheater Darmstadt which dates back to 1711 and has three halls.
Darmstadt has several museums, and its music institute, the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, has one of the world’s largest collections of post-war sheet music and hosts a summer school that has been attended by many avant-garde composers.