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By plane

Darmstadt is located about 20 minutes by road from Frankfurt_Airport. For those continuing their journey to Darmstadt by public transport, the Darmstadt Airport Shuttle bus service is far more convenient than the train. It runs every 30 to 60 minutes between 4AM and 11PM and costs €7.40/€5.85 for adults/children. Buy your ticket from the bus driver. The AirLiner ticket is also valid for connecting transport around Darmstadt . The AirLiner stops at both terminals of the airport. Look for bay 14 across the street from terminal 1. At terminal 2 the stop is right in front of the terminal. More information can be found on the Darmstadt local transport website . You can download a leaflet with the schedule from the website of HEAG Mobibus.

By car

The freeways A5 and A67 go by to the eastern end of Darmstadt. Follow the signs to Darmstadt/Griesheim onto the very short A672, which merges into the B26 towards Darmstadt. Expect a traffic jam here in the morning.You can also reach Darmstadt via the B3 and B26 main roads. The B3 runs in north-south direction, connecting Darmstadt with Frankfurt in the north and Heidelberg in the south. It runs largely parallel to the A5 freeway. The B26 runs east-west and is the main connection to Aschaffenburg.The inner city is a system of tunnels and one-way roads for passing traffic. This can be a bit confusing.

Key places to visit
Castle Frankenstein, Waldspirale, Eisenbahnmuseum Darmstadt-Kranichstein, Langer Ludwig


Places to Visit

Castle Frankenstein

Castle Frankenstein is a hilltop castle located near Darmstadt in Mühltal. The castle is first mentioned in the records in the year 948, and initial construction of the castle ruins remaining today began in the 13th century. The 14th and 15th centuries saw expansion, followed by construction of reinforcements in the 16th. It was owned by the Barons von Frankenstein who owned most of the surrounding land until 1662, when the Baron of that time sold the property to the Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt. There have been claims that the castle may have inspired the Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein. While Shelley is known to have travelled through this area in 1814, historical scholars believe that she did not visit this castle. There are special dinners for Halloween and for other occasions. It is also possible to hike up to the castle.


The huge Hundertwasser house called "Waldspirale" ("Forest Spiral")
was finished in 2000. It is a wonderful example for Friedensreich Hundertwasser's (the famous Austrian architect and painter) colourful architectural designs. You

Eisenbahnmuseum Darmstadt-Kranichstein

Eisenbahnmuseum Darmstadt-Kranichstein is a railway museum.Sundays and public holidays 10a.m.-4p.m., during the summer also Wednesdays 10a.m.-4p.m.. Railway museum operated by volunteers. Various special events through the year. During special events you might get a chance to ride to and from central station on a historic train. 5€.

Langer Ludwig

Darmstadt's landmark is the Langer Ludwig, a statue on a huge sandstone column located right in the city center. When you visit Darmstadt, you can't miss it. On the first Saturday of every month it is open for the public, meaning that you can climb the column and get a beautiful view over Darmstadt.

Right Time to Visit

October - December