Summer semester 2018
IGeMDa and the Intercultural Tutors Team invited to the tour “Welcome to Darmstadt” at the beginning of the summer semester. During nice and sunny weather, we were exploring some sights of Darmstadt together.
We started our tour at the Karo 5 with a view to the “Schloss”, the “Hessisches Landesmuseum” and the public record office. The next stop was the “Darmstadtium” that has its name from the element darmstadtium, which was discovered in 1994 in Darmstadt, and is a science and congress center. Following next was the Mathildenhöhe, with the Russian Chapel, which was built on special imported earth from Russia, and the wedding tower or also called “Five-Finger tower” because of its shape and known as the town’s landmark.
After having climbed the stairs, we had a nice view of Darmstadt and its surroundings.
The tour continued through the park of the “Rosenhöhe” and the “Oberfeld” until we reached the “Oberwaldhaus”, a popular destination of the habitants of Darmstadt. There we had a picnic, played frisbee and enjoyed the sun.
In the beginning of the summer semester, ITT challenged students to a scavenger hunt through Darmstadt.
The students had to solve small riddles or tasks at each station to find out where the next station could be found.
Of course, the tutors themselves tested all riddles, tasks and prices before. 😉
Starting point was Karo 5, other stations were “Langer Lui” (Luisenplatz), Staatstheater, Mathildenhöhe and Herrngarten.
The challenge for all participants at each station was not only solving tasks but also finding the tutors who “hid” at each station and could be identified by an ITT flyer in their hands.
The task at Mathildenhöhe was to build a small “human pyramid”.
All groups arrived successfully at the final station “Herrngarten”. The tutors had prepared gummy bears for all participants and the first two groups were surprised with a voucher for an ice-cream parlour.
Considering the warm spring weather with 24 degrees Celsius and bright sunshine, nearly all students decided to finish the day with one, two or three scoop(s) of ice cream.
Last but not least: For the next scavenger hunt there will be new riddles and tasks!
Here are some riddles from the scavenger hunt for you to solve:
1. You can add these street names together with a particular method.
2. Today is April 4th and there is a German saying: April, April, does what it wants….
1.Solution: 366 (Each letter can be matched to a number, letter “A” is equal to “1”, “B” is equal to “2” and so on.)
2.Solution: Herrngarten (The letter “D“ becomes letter “H“, so that means that each letter becomes the fourth letter following in the alphabet.)
Winter Semester 2017/18
Before the turn of the year and in the middle of the Advent season, ITT invited students from Darmstadt to visit the wonderful Christmas Market in old-town of Michelstadt. After a side trip to castle Fürstenau, built in the 14th century, we strolled through the busy Christmas market.
In the streets and alleys around the famous historic Town Hall out of the year 1484 festively decorated stands offered everything the heart desired. On the one hand there were many goods which would make an ideal present, on the other hand hot beverages, Crêpe by the „Weltmeistercafe“, potato pancakes and many more hearty to sweet dishes were offered in abundance.
In the late evening, it was already time for the return, hands and feet were a bit cold but stomachs were full with warm food and/or beverages and the cozy atmosphere from the Christmas Market could still be felt on the train back.
Last but not least:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!