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Welcome to the digital city of Darmstadt

Centrally located in the popular Rhine-Main region, Darmstadt and its surrounding area offer ideal conditions for the powerful further development of a digital pioneer city for Germany and Europe. The digital city of Darmstadt is a visionary future project with a showcase character. Since winning the “Digital City” competition, we have been driving forward the digital expansion in Darmstadt together with numerous cooperation partners and the support of the state of Hesse. Let’s enter into an exchange!


Guided tour on 11 November: Water trails, climate change and digitalization

“Water is a friendly element for those who are familiar with it and know how to treat it”, as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said. Almost two hundred years later, climatic challenges are forcing us to rethink the way we use water. What can we do about the increasing scarcity of drinking water? How can […]

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VHS event on everyday helper apps

Two inclusive smartphone courses on digital everyday helper apps took place at the VHS Darmstadt at the end of September. Course leader Steffen Albus from the VHS and Nancy Teichmann and Anne Weisel from Digitalstadt Darmstadt GmbH introduced the five participants with disabilities to some useful Android apps. In the first part was mainly about […]

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Digital city Darmstadt in 16th place in the Bitkom Smart City Index 2023

The digital association Bitkom presented the Smart City Index 2023 on Thursday, October 12, 2023. The index looks at 81 major German cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants in five categories: administration, IT and communication, energy and environment, mobility and, for the first time, society and education. The digital city of Darmstadt achieved 16th place […]

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KfW Roadshow visits Darmstadt

The digital city of Darmstadt welcomed a delegation from South America (including Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador), which toured Germany as part of a KfW roadshow to find out more about smart city projects and exchange information about existing solutions. The representatives (decision-making level and working level) from Latin American development banks spent a week […]

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Many interested people at the (digital) water tours

The summer weather drew many people outside last weekend. Numerous walkers were also out and about between Mathildenhöhe and Rosenhöhe and noticed an information stand at Löwentor. Albrecht Haag (Kultur einer Digitalstadt e.V.) and Anne Weisel (Digitalstadt Darmstadt GmbH) had (digital) tours to water locations around Mathildenhöhe and Rosenhöhe in their luggage and helped with […]

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Areas of action of the Digital City Darmstadt

In order to make the digital city visible as a lighthouse, we are bundling our projects into three lighthouse themes: Economy & Technology, Mobility & Environment and Digital Services & Society. The benefits for citizens, business and science and the implementation benefits for the city economy were explicitly taken into account in the selection process. This resulted in four important areas of action that we are focusing on - find out more here and click on one of the areas of action:

Smart City Laboratory

Smart City Laboratory pursues the vision of enabling more people to benefit from the advantages of digitalization. In order to make everyday life in Darmstadt even more liveable, we develop offers and projects with which citizens can inform themselves about digitization, try out technologies, acquire digital skills and participate in future projects.

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Urban Data Platform

The urban data platform went online in February 2021. It is used to collect, process, network, analyze and visualize various data from everyday urban life.


Smart Water

Water concerns us all - whether there is too much, too little or too dirty water. The way we use and manage water determines whether we win the race against climate change and preserve our natural habitats.


Current projects of the Digital City Darmstadt

In addition to the areas of action, we are pursuing and supporting numerous other projects to advance digitalization in Darmstadt in all areas. In doing so, we always keep an eye on our 14 fields of action, to which the projects contribute. Click on a field of action and see the associated projects or take a look at the projects in the overview:


Free Wi-Fi

In order to increase the quality of online visibility and design of digitally networked products and services, free Wi-Fi is also required, especially in the areas of a city important to tourists. Darmstadt has had its own network since 2016, which is being continuously expanded.

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Digital Shop Window

Normal shop windows usually offer only limited space. In addition, not all shops have the opportunity to offer their products in the most visited shopping locations. The Digital Shop Window project enables Darmstadt-based retailers to present themselves online on a central platform.

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Strong cybersecurity in the Smart City

New technologies also bring along new risks. The digitalisation and networking of critical infrastructure and municipal institutions make them vulnerable to hacker attacks and malfunctions with potential consequences for citizens. The growing importance of data as a raw material has led to new threats, such as data theft from companies and households. Digital communication with and between authorities also poses a challenge to the encryption standard.

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A resource-efficient and comprehensive radio network for the city LoRaWAN

Comprehensive radio network for Darmstadt as the basis for the Internet of Things.

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What will the day-to-day life of a Darmstadt family look like in the digital world of tomorrow? This video shows you what might be around the corner.

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Civic participation:

Be part of the digitalisation of your city – Darmstadt.

Bring Darmstadt digitally to life. Find out more at our local citizens’ events, make your voice heard or take part online.

Strategy and vision:

A flagship project for the future

Our strategy creates a framework for action that integrates all projects into an overall concept in a structured and targeted manner.

A portrait of the city:

The versatile Smart City

Darmstadt is ensuring its residents enjoy a new quality of life. Darmstadt is a city of science and culture, ranking among the ten most sustainable cities in Germany since 2010.

Field of action