Darmstadt


Darmstadt is a city in the Bundesland (federal state) Hesse in Germany. The origins of the name are unknown. The name Darmstadt first appears towards the end of the 11th century, then as Darmundestat. Literally translated, Darmstadt means "Intestine City", but this is just a coincidence. Locals often believe, that the name derives from the 'Darmbach' (a small stream formerly running through the city). In fact the stream received its current name much later, after the city.

Darmstadt was the capital of an independent country (the Grand Duchy of Hesse). The ducal palace of Darmstadt is located in the city centre. Architecture of Darmstadt has been influenced by British and Russian imperial architecture with many examples still existing, such as the Luisenplatz (the central square of the city) with its 33-metre column commemorating Ludwig I (called Langer Lui, meaning Long Ludwig), and the old Hessian State Theatre.


Darmstadt was a centre of the Art Nouveau movement. Surviving examples of the Jugendstil period include the Rosenhöhe, a landscaped English-style rose garden from the 19th century, the Mathildenhöhe, the Russian Chapel in Darmstadt and large exhibition halls. Important square of the city is the Marktplatz near the old city hall.
The city has a high density of parks. The most important park is the English style Herrngarten in central Darmstadt. In former times it was part of the Royal Gardens, and today it is a public park. Other important park is the French style parks Prinz-Georgs-Garten and Orangerie.

Nowadays Darmstadt holds the official title "Wissenschaftsstadt" (City of Science) as it is a major centre of scientific institutions, universities and high technology companies in Germany. (Lern more: wikipedia)


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  1. Darmstadt looks lovely, the architecture is beautiful. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing your world.. Have a happy week!

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  2. Don't know if my comment got through... beautiful - espcially the city gate! Heard much of Darmstadt from our friends on Plauen, when it was still behind the Iron Curtain.

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  3. I learned several new things today thanks to you. I love the buildings.

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  4. What amazing architecture!

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  5. What beautiful buildings

    Mollyxxx

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  6. Fabulous pictures. Such a beautiful place.

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  7. Beautiful Germany...it's why I love visiting here. Thank you for joining in at Song-ography.

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  8. Amazing architecture for sure.

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  9. Thank you for showing us this charming German town. I would love to visit and walk across that lovely old bridge.

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  10. Beautiful buildings and colors.

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  11. I'd like to walk that area to be able to smell the smells, hear the language of the people there and see those buildings but am grateful you took me there via the internet.
    JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

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  12. Beautiful photography ~ exquisite colors and definition ~

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  13. Ach wie wundervoll sonnig. Da würde ich auch gerne draußen sitzen.Bei uns weht noch ein kalter Wind.
    Liebe Grüße
    Gusta

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  14. Wonderful pictures, what a beautiful place.

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  15. beautiful town. love the first image.

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  16. not a blade of grass at the court yard?

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