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“Darmstadt, a city of art”

Mathildenhoehe und Jugendstilkolonie
Ranked #1 of 41 things to do in Darmstadt
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St. Petersburg, Russia
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Darmstadt, a city of art”
Reviewed 12 April 2013

Very few Germans, not to say foreigners, would think of Darmstadt as a city of art. Yet it WAS, at the turn of XIX--XX centuries. The museum of Jugendstil in Matildenhoehe is simply FANTASTIC, au pair with the similar museums in Wien, Muenchen or Paris.
I experienced a similar cultural shock in Glasgow, where I was prepared for the worst, and have eventually seen TERRIBLY much more, than I expected. Anyway, starting with the entrance to the park, with the monumental sculptures imitating those of Persepolis, and the life cycle in the garden of the museum itself, I found this art MOST challenging and eloquent. Otherwise, the architecture itself, the design, the furniture, the posters, everything inside has STYLE.
An ABSOLUTE must for anyone interested in visual and applied arts.
Climb the tower, enter the church, stroll the park and the Artist Colony, es lohnt sich!

Visited November 2012
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94 reviews
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 19 March 2013

There are not too many places worth a visit for foreign visitors in Darmstadt.....but this isn't to be missed!!! I grew up in the area and always loved it! Recently I secretly joined a visitors group with an English guide. They all looked very interested and impressed and I thought "yes.....this is my home town....but worth a visit"!! So please enjoy a guided tour of the art deco area of Darmstadt!!!

Visited November 2012
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Setauket, New York
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8 reviews
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“Bring your camera and take photos”
Reviewed 1 February 2013

Very interesting architecture in the two main buildings, and the gardens are beautiful (since they were renovated). Across the street are several "landmark" residential buildings from a similar time period.

Visited March 2012
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Canberra, Australia
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224 reviews
80 attraction reviews
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“Fabulous Jungenstil / Art Nouveau”
Reviewed 4 August 2012

This is a must place to see for those interested in Art and Architeture . The Artist colony was home to such famous designers as Beter Behrens ; Joserh Maria Olbrich and Albin Muller .
Surprisingly few Germans I met knew of it or it's significance in the developement of German design and decorative arts.
I made a point of going there and was not dissapointed. I think for those intending to go to Germany they should look up the Darmstardt Artist Colony and include it in their itinery.

Visited July 2012
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Central Germany
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Worth a visit if you like Art Nouveau - or the style of the Elves in the Lord of the Rings movies”
Reviewed 17 November 2011

This is a large exhibition area with a museum, exhibition hall and the "wedding tower". It also boasts a real consecrated Russian chapel, used by the last Russian Czar who was related to the local gentry in Darmstadt.
Note: several of the houses surrounding the hill are the former residences of the artists of the initial exhibitions in early 1900, and are well worth looking at from the outside or (in some cases) the inside!

Visited October 2011
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