Darmstadt and Surroundings

Darmstadt is a city in the state of Hesse in Germany.It is located in the southern part of the Frankfurt Metropolitan Rhine-Main Region and has a population of approx. 160.000. 
Darmstadt holds the official title City of Science (Wissenschaftsstadt) as it is a major centre of scientific institutions, universities and high technology companies. The city accomodates not only the technical university and one of the nation’s largest polytechnics but also three institutions of the Fraunhofer Society (Research organisation). 

Internationally renowned organisations such as the space organisations ESOC & EUMETSAT as well as the Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research (Gesellschaft für Schwerionen Forschung, GSI) are located in Darmstadt. Europe-wide, Darmstadt counts as an efficient IT location with numerous small, middle & large IT companies & IT research institutions, whereby the tele-communications and software development sectors remain the focal point.