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Darmstadt

The quality of life in Darmstadt is heightened by the many leisure activities in the surrounding areas

The Rhein-Main region’s royal connection stretches all the way to Darmstadt, due south of Frankfurt. It was here that Queen Victoria’s grandson, the Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hessen, married his second wife, Eleanor, in 1905. To mark the occasion, the city bestowed the gift of the 48-meter-high Wedding Tower (Hochzeitsturm) on the couple. The tower formed the center of the Mathildenhöhe – the birthplace of the German Art Nouveau movement. Today, Darmstadt is home to many international families: the city is headquarters for the European Space Agency and the international pharmaceutical and chemical conglomerate Merck. In addition, a state-funded international primary school was recently opened in nearby Seeheim-Jugenheim (www.schuldorf-bergstrasse.de). The quality of life in Darmstadt is heightened by the many leisure activities in the surrounding areas. The Odenwald, with its softly undulating range of mountains, is well known as a weekend getaway. And the Bergstraße, one of Germany’s smallest winegrowing regions, offers many wine festivals and culinary delights. (www.darmstadt.de)

 

Hanau

Birthplace of the Brothers Grimm, Jakob and Wilhelm, and the start of the German Fairytale Route (Deutsche Märchenstraße), the town of Hanau is a popular weekend destination. Situated on the Main River, just 20 km east of Frankfurt, Hanau is one of the areas where the Huguenots settled in the 17th century. The French influence is most evident in the gardens of the Philippsruhe Castle, located on the outskirts of town in Kesselstadt. The 18th-century summer residence of the Earls of Hanau is one of the first examples of the Versailles influence in Germany. Not far away on the park promenade is located Wilhelmsbad, a huge leisure park that dates back to the 18th century. Hanau was largely destroyed during WWII, and the functional rebuild city bears no resemblance to the former beauty. Hanau does, however, have a good shopping district with all the major chains, as well as numerous shops and boutiques, restaurants and cafes. Don’t miss the summer theatrical presentation of Grimm’s Fairytales performed every year on an elaborate open-air stage in the park. (www.hanau.de)

 

Heidelberg

One out of five people living in Heidelberg is a student today, meaning that the city has a sense of youth and energy Situated at the southern end of Germany’s famed Bergstraße, Heidelberg is a town that attracts nearly three million visitors each year. Heidelberg’s status as a major tourist site in Germany is deeply rooted in its cultural past. During the 19th century Heidelberg became the heart of Germany’s Romantic movement, whereby a surge of literary, artistic, and intellectual vigor filled the minds of its scholars and citizens. This epoch of German history is embodied in Heidelberg’s long and narrow Altstadt, where Germany’s oldest academic institution, the Ruprecht Karls University, sits 250 feet below the ruins of a massive Renaissance fortress. One out of five people living in Heidelberg is a student today, meaning that the city has a sense of youth and energy combined with cosmopolitan flair. (www.heidelberg.de)

Our Featured Event

On Monday 4 December, we will have a very special International Stammtisch with cast members "Jekyll & Hyde" Musical from the English Theatre. Cast members will peform some of the hit songs from the show. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant mind gone awry, Jekyll & Hyde runs from 11 Nov. to 11 Feb. 2018.

 

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