From a universal museum to underground discoveries

The Bergstrasse has something to offer in terms of museums or new experiences everywhere between Darmstadt and Heidelberg. The offer ranges from a universal museum such as the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, via a large number of art and history museums to the typical local heritage museums in smaller villages. Museums of technology and themed environments complete the offering. The map shows nine highlights that we will go on to present below. More museums and themed environments follow, broken down by category. The links listed from north to south take you to the relevant museum website.

Löwe vor dem Landesmuseum

Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt

Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, built by Alfred Messel and opened in 1906, is one of the world’s few universal museums. It shelters art and cultural collections as well as geological, zoological and mineralogical exhibits.

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Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt

Künstlerkolonie Darmstadt

The Museum of the Artists’ Colony, which refers both to a group of Jugendstil artists as well as to the buildings in Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt in which these artists lived and worked, is located in a former studio building on the Mathildenhöhe. The museum provides an overview of the works of the artists who were part of the artistic community there from 1899 to 1914

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Grube Messel


Messel Pit Fossil Site, with its significant fossil deposits, was the first German natural monument to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. It offers a unique insight into the early evolution of mammals and documents the history of Earth’s development 48 million years ago.

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Russenhaus Seeheim-Jugenheim

The “Russia House” presents the history of the princes of Battenberg (Mountbatten) with their links to the Hessian, Russian, English and Bulgarian aristocracy. The house once housed the servants of Czar Alexander II when he stayed at Schloss Heiligenberg.

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Torhalle Kloster Lorsch

Museumszentrum Kloster Lorsch

The Museum Centre Lorsch Abbey houses the History Department of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lorsch Abbey and parts of Germany’s biggest tobacco museum. The first floor is used for temporary exhibitions.

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Lobdengaumuseum Ladenburg

Lobdengau Museum Ladenburg

Lobdengau Museum Ladenburg in the former bishop’s palace contains significant archaeological finds related to the town’s Roman and medieval history. Lopodunum, as Ladenburg was known in Roman times, was one of the major Roman metropolises in South-West Germany.

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Universitätsmuseum Heidelberg

The University Museum, in which you can relive six turbulent centuries of Heidelberg University’s history, is housed in the Baroque main building of the Old University erected in 1711.

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Kurpfälzisches Museum Heidelberg

Kurpfälzisches Museum Heidelberg

This museum contains extensive collections of paintings, graphic art and sculptures from the 15th to 20th century. It also offers handicrafts, archaeological finds and outlines the history of the former Electoral Palatinate (Kurpfalz) and its capital, Heidelberg.

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Studentenkarzer Heidelberg

Studentenkarzer Heidelberg

The Students’ Prison can be found in Augustinergasse behind Heidelberg’s Old University. From 1778 to 1914, this is where students were punished for trivial offences such as overly enthusiastic duelling, disturbance of the peace by night or other breaches of the peace.

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