Fraunhofer IGD Darmstadt

The Location of the Conference
City of Science, Commerce and the Arts

The Darmstadt Watermarking Group at Fraunhofer IGD invites you to participate in the WEDELMUSIC2002 Conference in our Institute in downtown Darmstadt.

Darmstadt is not only a city of science but also has many cultural attractions.

Once a residence of Hessian Counts and Grand Dukes, Darmstadt developed into the capital city of the German state of Hessen. Following nearly complete destruction of the inner city in the Second World War, Darmstadt was forced to surrender this title to Wiesbaden. The city's identity had to be re-established from the ground up. Revived civic activities centred around the Technical University and the Mathildenhöhe (Mathilde Heights) artists' colony. The printing and publishing industries developed into a decisive economic factor in the second half of this century. This so-called "smokeless industry" enjoyed considerable success until the new computer technologies took its place. Darmstadt also played an important role in that process. Software companies large and small established themselves around the Technical University, a number of which are now known worldwide.

During the same period, international institutes were established here such as the space research organizations ESOC and EUMETSAT, the Heavy Ion Research Association (GSI) and of course the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics(Fraunhofer IGD), to name only a few. Commercial firms with of international format (Merck, Röhm, Schenck, Wella) rub shoulders here with the arts and sciences.

Darmstadt calls itself a city of science, and as a city in which the arts are alive. It has also been a home for the avant-garde since the beginning of the 20th century. Jugendstil art in the Mathildenhöhe artists' colony was a centre of reform movements in Germany around the turn of the century, followed by further development of the Bauhaus design concepts. Theatre in Darmstadt has been a prominent force twice in this century, most recently in the sixties under its director Rudolf Sellner.

New sciences, new literature, new music, new theatre. Darmstadt has always opened itself to the spirit of the future. This will continue to make the city an interesting and important European location in the century to come. These favourable location factors are further enhanced by the city's unusual geographic position at the centre of Europe, together with the excellent Rhein-Main Airport connection and the surrounding autobahns, and railroad connectivity.

Come and enjoy some winter days in Darmstadt!

Hotels in Darmstadt

For reservations in the following hotels please tell that you are visitor of the Fraunhofer Institut, IGD.
In the Maritim hotels you additionally have to tell the Fraunhofer Code (which is in the last column of the table).

An der Mathildenhöhe Spessartring 53, 64287 Darmstadt - Euro 77,- / EZ incl. breakfast +49-6151/49840 +49-6151/498450 -
Bockshaut Kirchstraße 7-9, 64283 Darmstadt Euro 52,- / EZ
Euro 62,- / DZ als EZ incl. breakfast.
+49-6151/99670 +49-6151/9967-29
Fax for reservation: +49 (0) 6151 / 99 67-29
Maritim Konferenzhotel Rheinstraße 105 (located close to the Railway station), 64295 Darmstadt Euro 81
breakfast: +13 Euro
+49-6151/8780 +49-6151/895016 FRI 152
Maritim Rhein/ Main Hotel Am Kavalleriesand 6, 64295 Darmstadt Euro 86
breakfast: +13 Euro
+49-6151/3030 +49-6151/303111 FRI 152
Other hotels (without special rates for WEDELMUSIC2002 Conference visitors) can be found using the hotel reservation service (

There is a direct bus transfer from the airport to the city center and to both Maritim hotels (

You will find a map of Darmstadt at:


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