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Darmstadt is a place which has seen the worst affects of the World War II. City once famous for its glorious people saw its 9/11 in 1954 when British bombed the beautiful city and killed around seventeen thousand civilians.
During the World War II most of the city was destroyed by the bombings and not a house was spared from the vicious acts of war. The city regained its lost glory in fifties when it went through major reconstruction. If you are planning to visit Germany then Darmstadt has lot to offer your sight seeing instincts. To explore bit of past and see the exhibits from the pre world ward and during world war era you need to visit Bell Tower also known as Weisser Turm or White Tower.
To begin with, Tower was part of a city wall during 14th century. It was built by the duke of Katzenelnbogen, who is believed to be the citys founder. Later in 18th century it was renovated and was built up to the height it is now. It is believed that castles at that time had lot of secret passages which were used by the dukes and other dignitaries to go about their secret adventures. Now days, Bell tower is turned into a little museum. On September 11, 1954 bell tower was amongst all those places which were destroyed by heavy bombings only to reconstruct again in fifties.
Tower is open to public on Wednesdays (15:00-19:00) and Saturdays (13:00-17:00). To get to the Bell tower you need to head east from Luisenplatz, and it will be on the right hand side, standing tall next to the Kaufhof department store. Brush up your German language to visit Darmstadt even if you do not know the language Darmstadt has lot to offer your sense of appreciating the magic of understanding the things without words and just by looking and experiencing things.
The county museum or Landes museum houses variety of collection of exhibits from the fields of zoology, art, geology, palaeontology and religion. Museum houses paintings by the famous artists such as Peter Paul Rubens and Paul Klee. It also has huge collection of stuffed animals, carved blocks of ivory from medieval age and wooden sculptures from various religious faiths. Entrance fee to the museum is 2.50 Euro.
For years, Luisenplatz is the citys main centre. It has been made traffic free zone; all the cars are directed through the tunnel to pass the area. But still Luisenplatz is the main traffic junction for the street trains where they change lines. City centre square is a place jammed with people, trains and busses but no cars. Luisenplatz is named after the Grossherzogin (grand duchess) Luise. Her husbands monument is erected in the square in 1844 when Darmstadt came up with its first constitution.
Duke Ernst Ludwig founded one of Darmstadts most famous sights Mathildenh?he and the artists colony with Art Nouveau. Right in the centre of the colony is the museum for the artefacts of Art Nouveau; it was formerly Ernst-Ludwig Haus. All around the area there are houses of famous designers and architects. It is not only the artists residence and museum in the colony which is the main attraction of the area, you will also find other grand places as the famous Wedding Tower, Russian Chapel and the Municipal Exhibition building.
Russian chapel is a religious centre for Darmstadts Orthodox community. Tourists and visitors can go inside the chapel and they are expected to give in small donations to preserve the grand building of the chapel. Chapel has its very own historical significance; Russian Tsar Nikolaus II got married to the princess of Darmstadt, Alix in 1894.
Princess Alix became the last tsarina of Russia, after her marriage to the Tsar. Chapel was specially made on orders of the Tsar as he did not wanted to miss the Orthodox services during his visits to Darmstadt. Chapels interior and exterior has lot to offer o he art lovers. If you happen to visit it during your visit, dont forget to look into the Lilly basin placed in front of the chapel made by the local artists.
The Hochzeitsturm or the Wedding Tower is a very special building for Darmstadt. It is gift presented to the Duke Ernst-Ludwig on his wedding in 1905. Joseph Maria is the architect of the tower which is built on the highest elevation of Darmstadt. To have a picturesque view of the city you must go on the top of the tower. If the weather is clear you will be able to see skylines of as far as Frankfurt. You should use the stairs to come down from the tower to see the two rooms made for the Duke and his wife.
Darmstadt has lot of other places to explore for example; Rosenh?he or Rose Heights and St. Ludwig Church etc.