ISU 2023 Group picture on top of the Niederwald monument in Ruedesheim

Cultural Program

This overview of free time activities will give you an idea what has been offered 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!

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 video wall. Come check it out if you want to know why Germans are so crazy about Fußball.


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.

International picnic

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.

Pizza night

Cosy get-together with conversations, warm/cool drinks and most importantly pizza.

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 center 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.

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.

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.

Movie night

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.

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.


Ms. Jessica Mayer
Phone: +49.6151.533-60102

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