Please note: not all of the following free time activities will be offered. This overview will give you an idea what activities have been part of the programme in the past. Only selected activities will be offered each year.
Short Hiking Trip to Ludwigshöhe
At the southern fringes of Darmstadt lies the idyllic Ludwigshöhe, providing a scenic view of the city's skyline. The Ludwigsturm, reminiscent of medieval castle towers, stands tall in the surrounding park. After a small hike through a typical German forest, you'll be able to unwind and take in the view or visit the nearby restaurant.
Perfect place for photos!
Climbing Park Darmstadt
Not afraid of heights? Then you might want to join us at Darmstadt's Climbing Park. On 12 parkour courses, ranging from 1.5m (5ft) to 14m (46ft), you can test your will and endurance. There are lots of easier courses to get started or even conquer your fear of heights with. But the best among you will be pushed to their limits by the park's "super-hard Treeman-Parcours”.
Paddle boat at Oberwaldhaus
Is water level more your thing? The UNESCO Global Geopark Bergstraße-Odenwald offers a beautiful space to unwind. Paddle across Steinbrücker Pond or have ice cream at the Café-Restaurant Oberwaldhaus. Relax in the park or play a round of mini golf while getting to know each other at the end of the first week.
After the first half of your stay at Hochschule Darmstadt you will have experienced a lot, but there might still be open questions and unmet faces. We can solve both of those issues and an empty stomach at our international picnic. Get to know German and exchange students, what studying in Germany is like and form lasting friendships.
Cosy get-together with conversations, warm/cool drinks and most importantly pizza.
Can't sing? Who cares, we can't either! Make unforgettable memories near the end of your stay with your fellow students and the friends you made along the way.
Darmstadt City Tour
During our guided a city tour, you will get to know the city centre of Darmstadt. Experience the rich architecture and troubled history of Darmstadt. See the iconic Mathildenhöhe and its surrounding Jugendstil architecture and learn how a princess from Darmstadt became the last Tsaritsa of Russia and why only one building in Darmstadt survived World War II.
Soccer Stadium Tour
Visit the Merck-Stadium, home of the SV Darmstadt 98, our local football club which regularly plays in the German premier league. The stadium with a capacity of 18.000 is being renovated since 2018 and features modern equipment, like a LED videowall. Come check it out if you want to know why Germans are so crazy about Fußball.
Day trip to Heidelberg
Heidelberg might just be one of the most beautiful cities of Germany. You will visit the romanticist castle overseeing the historic centre and get to ride up and down in the funicular mountain railway. Afterwards you can go shopping or grab a bite while taking in the baroque German architecture.
Sunday in Germany and everything's closed? Then join us for a round or two in Darmstadt's indoor ice-skating rink. Doesn't matter if it's your first time or you're a skating natural. There's enough space for everyone and your peers are sure to help you get started.
Decorate typical German "Lebkuchen" (gingerbread), not necessarily to be eaten, but as a unique souvenir to show your family and friends. Decorate your own, each other’s or everyone a part of every Lebkuchen. You neither need to be a cook nor an artist, just have fun while doing it together.
Indoor rock climbing
Ready to test your grip? Then join us in Darmstadt's Boulderhouse. In this free-climbing paradise, you'll be able to test your skill and learn a few tricks. There's a course for everyone from beginner to pro. Just be sure to bring sports clothes and a pair of sturdy shoes.
Day trip to Frankfurt
Only 30 min. away from Darmstadt lies the financial heart of Europe and maybe the place where you first stepped foot on German soil. Here you will get a guided tour of the recently reconstructed old town which features remnants of an old Roman settlement. Enjoy this glimpse into the past of our international metropolis while relaxing at a coffee store, visiting a museum or shopping at nearby stores.
Retro games night
Too young to have played on a SNES by yourself? Always wanted to experience some of the classics? Then join us for some good old-fashioned couch co-op and form friendships (and rivalries) in gaming history's virtual gems.
Calmly end a day of classes at Media Campus Dieburg in our very own cinema hall for a German movie, pizza and a generally good time. Learn German (with English subtitles) and get to know German culture and media better.