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Holiday type Art, history & culture
Country Germany
Travel type Fly
Price range From £829
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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The Darmstadt artists' colony

In 1899, Ernest Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse, bought together a group of architects, designers, sculptors and craftsmen in the city of Darmstadt to form the ‘Kunsterkolonie’ (artists’ colony). These artists, conforming to the ‘total art’ ideals of Jugendstil, the Germany incarnation of Art Nouveau, aimed to develop forward-looking architecture for working and living which, through a series of exhibitions between 1901 and 1914, led to the construction of the Mathildenhöhe complex. Explore this fascinating and remarkable legacy with Dr Anne Anderson.

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.


  • Return scheduled flights with British airways from London Heathrow to Frankfurt
  • Three nights bed and breakfast at the four star Best Western Plus, Darmstadt, based on a shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • Dinner with wine at the hotel on two evenings
  • Two lectures at the hotel
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Dr. Anne Anderson and tour manager throughout

Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Fly from Heathrow to Frankfurt and transfer by coach to Darmstadt with an en-route visit to the Waldspirale by the avant-garde Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who was greatly influenced by the work of Klimt and the charming Jugendstil-period Rosenhöhe park. Check in to hotel for a three night stay. Welcome drink, evening lecture, “Arts and Crafts or Art and Industry: The Darmstadt Artist Colony” and dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day two

A full day today exploring the legacy of this brief flowering of artistic integration in the Mathildenhohe area of the city. Highlights include the artist colony museum, the Wedding Tower (Hochzeitsturm), built in 1908 to celebrate the Duke’s marriage, Russian Church and an internal visit to one of the many Art Nouveau houses in the area. Evening lecture, “Jugendstil-Secession: Art Nouveau to Modernism” and dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day three

Morning departure for the Hessian State museum before departing Darmstadt to spend the afternoon in Bad Nauheim. Here you will find the Sprudelhof, an Art Nouveau complex that perfectly demonstrates what Art Nouveau aimed to achieve - a complete work of art, combining architecture, applied arts and design.

Day four

Today you will visit Darmstadt’s Schlossmuseum, housed in a former ducal palace in the city centre. The collection here includes paintings, sculptures, furniture, tapestries, gold and silver. There’s time for a look at the late Renaissance town hall and a leisurely lunch before returning to Frankfurt airport for the return flight to Heathrow.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
Best Western Plus, Darmstadt

Located in the city centre in a quiet location close to the restaurants and museums of Darmstadt the modern four-star Best Western Plus Darmstadt offers a restaurant and rooftop terrace. Bedrooms have en suite bathroom with shower/bath, TV, telephone, minibar, safe and hairdryer.

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22-Apr-2016 3 829.00 book

An amazing trip. Anne Anderson's talks were excellent. Gill was an excellent tour manager. Our trips out were wonderful, especially Bad Neuheim. Overall this was a great experience and to be recommended.
Mar 2013
Mr Chattin