For German city breaks rich in culture and history, don’t miss out on visiting Darmstadt. As a cultural metropolis and city of beautiful art and architecture, the ‘Hessian city of lilies’ is ideal for romantic breaks. Days out in Darmstadt can be filled with everything from a tour of the Mathildenhöhe district to relaxing afternoons at the scenic Herrngarten. Plus, thanks to our central, stylish Darmstadt hotel, you’ll have some of the best things to do in Hesse right on your doorstep!
Hotels in Darmstadt
Places like Darmstadt
If you love Germany city breaks, why not extend your next stay and explore other places like Darmstadt nearby? Our hotels in Frankfurt are only a 40-minute drive away, and close to local family attractions like Frankfurt Zoo. Alternatively, why not check into one of our Nuremberg hotels and explore landmarks like the Imperial Castle?
Things to do in Darmstadt
Visit famous German landmarks
City breaks in Darmstadt wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Mathildenhöhe district. This former Art Nouveau artists' colony was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2021 and, with its awe-inspiring architecture and fascinating exhibitions, it’s easy to see why. Don’t miss out on exploring well-known spots like the Wedding Tower and the Plane Tree Grove!
Explore the city centre
Shopaholics will have plenty of opportunities to go shopping in Darmstadt – head straight to the Luisencenter, one of the largest shopping centres in Darmstadt, and the modern LOOP5 centre for a bit of bargain hunting! Alternatively, escape the hustle and bustle of the city and learn a bit more about the local culture at the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt.
Soak up the great outdoors
Good news for walkers and nature lovers – Darmstadt is actually one of the ‘greenest’ cities in Germany thanks to its surrounding forests, so you’ll have plenty of picturesque parks to explore. Start off with a trip to the popular Orangery or the stunning Herrngarten – known locally as ‘the good Stubb’ – before relaxing over at the Bürgerpark. You’ll love visiting the ruins of Frankenstein Castle in the Eberstadt district too!
What are the nearest train stations in Darmstadt?
Darmstadt Central Station – or the Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof as it’s known in German – is the city’s main train station, and you’ll find it just a 10-minute walk away from our Premier Inn Darmstadt City Centre hotel, and a 10-minute drive away from the popular Herrngarten. Plus, getting around Darmstadt is easy thanks to the many tram stops dotted throughout the city.
What are the best places to eat in Darmstadt?
Foodies can look forward to trying all kinds of typical German cuisine on Darmstadt trips. Traditional Hesse food includes schnitzel and sauerkraut, as well as local delicacies like Grüne Soße and Reibekuchen – tasty potato pancakes. You could always treat yourself to a glass of sweet Apfelwein too! Of course, when it comes to great-value breakfasts in Hesse, look no further than our Premier Inn Darmstadt City Centre hotel.
What are the best things to do in Darmstadt at night?
From exciting Hesse events to laid-back drinks at our Darmstadt bar, there’s plenty of fun things to do in Darmstadt in the evenings. Some of the best live performances take place at popular venues like the Staatstheater Darmstadt and Centralstation, and if you’re visiting Darmstadt in the summer, don’t miss out on the Darmstädter Ferienkurse festival!
What family friendly activities can you do in Darmstadt?
Visiting the Vivarium Darmstadt should be right at the top of your list of things to do with the kids in Hesse – this exciting zoo in the Orangery Garden is home to around 2000 animals, as well as a whole host of fun activities. Afterwards, why not go on a tour of the inspiring European Space Operations Centre or relax at Rosenhöhe park?
What outdoor activities can you do in Darmstadt?
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors on city breaks in Darmstadt. Start off your stay by discovering the Mathildenhöhe district, a former artists’ colony with impressive Art Nouveau architecture before spending a laid-back afternoon over at the Herrngarten, one of the most popular parks in Hesse. Plus, short breaks in Hesse wouldn’t be complete without visiting the ruins of Frankenstein Castle in the Odenwald!
What indoor activities can you do in Darmstadt?
Whatever the weather in Darmstadt, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to exciting activities. Explore the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt and the Palace-Museum Darmstadt – two of the best museums in Hesse – before seeing a live performance at the Staatstheater Darmstadt or watching a film at the Kinopolis Darmstadt. If you fancy a bit of bargain-hunting, spots like the Luisencenter and LOOP5 are ideal places to go shopping in Hesse.