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Living in Darmstadt

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Its strong cultural history and the numerous historic buildings in the city make living in Darmstadt a cultural experience for expats. As a German city, Darmstadt has a low crime rate and a good public school system where kids are taught in German. English curricula are offered in private schools. Find out more with the InterNations GO! Guides!

Life in Darmstadt

Culture and Leisure

Darmstadt has a rich cultural heritage, much of which is still on display in the city today. The state theatre hall (the Staatstheater Darmstadt) has been putting on shows since the 18th century, and is still one of the city’s main cultural centers.

Darmstadt also has many major museums, including the Hessisches Landesmuseum (the Hessian State Museum), the Porcelain Museum, and the Museum Künstlerkolonie (the Art Nouveau museum). The city is also home to one of the world’s premier music museums, the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstad, which has an internationally recognized archival collection and music school.

It also has a great literary heritage, and is now home to the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung, where Germany’s best writers practice their craft. The surrounding countryside also offers great leisure possibilities for expatriates, with its many vineyards, lakes, and forests.

Education in Darmstadt

Germany has a free, public education system that the children of expatriates living in Darmstadt will be able to attend. However, as classes in public schools are taught in German, many expatriates living Darmstadt will instead send their children to an international school. Darmstadt is home to Germany’s first public international school, the State International School, which is located just outside the city center. It follows an international curriculum from primary school through to the International Baccalaureate – all of which is taught in English.

There are also private international schools located in nearby cities like Frankfurt. The city is also home to three universities, which are all internationally renowned for their specialist subjects. The largest and most notable is the Technical University of Darmstadt, which is one of the best research universities in Germany for computer science and engineering. The others are the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and the Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt.

Transportation in Darmstadt

Germany’s road system is extremely well managed and maintained, and is funded not by toll charges but by higher taxes levied on fuel. As a result, expatriates in Darmstadt will find that fuel prices are higher than most other European countries. If you wish to drive whilst living in Darmstadt, you can do so using your foreign license or an international driving permit for up to six months, after which you will need to apply for a German license.

However, Darmstadt also has an excellent public transport network, which is integrated with a similar network in nearby Frankfurt. There are trams that serve stations throughout the city, and some that go to Frankfurt; the city is also connected with the Frankfurt S-Bahn system. The main train station, Darmstadt Hauptbahnhof, has links to cities across Germany.

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by InterNations GO!
06 December 2018
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Moving to Darmstadt

Expats moving to Darmstadt will find an endearing, lively city much like other German cities. The weather is not extreme and expats will encounter a warm and dry summer, and cold winters. Find more information in the InterNations GO! Guides!
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Working in Darmstadt

The ease with which you can get a work permit depends on your nationality and academic track. As a European city people from EU can get it easier. Once there, Darmstadt is a great place to live and work, and definitely not something to regret. Read up on job hunting and income taxation with our InterNations GO! Guide!
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