Griesheim is located just west of Darmstadt, easily accessed by road, rail or water. Populated for nearly 5,000 years, Neolithic cups dating from the Bronze Age have been found in the area. The town itself counts at least ten centuries of history.
Make a point of visiting the Griesheim Museum, which deals with the history and traditions of the town. You can examine everything from its earliest beginnings to the present day.
There are also a number of special events held here, including the annual Museum Festival, jazz brunches, wine fests, historical walks, Latwäije cooking lessons and exhibitions of cooking as it was in grandma’s times.
As you wander through the town, take a look at the scenic marketplace, the town hall and the old tram depot, which has been converted into an event facility. You will see alleys lined with trees, flowering gardens, and eventually fields of hay on the outskirts.
For leisure activities, the town offers you plenty of options. Among these are sports facilities, tennis courts, riding halls, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a bowling alley and a skating rink. You biggest decision will be which to try first.
Greenery surrounds Griesheim, inviting long walks and bicycle rides in the Büttelborner Woods to the north and the Darmstadt Town Forest, which wraps around the town like a crescent moon to the east. This region is well known to bargemen, too, for its huge locks on the channel cut from lower reaches of the Main River.
One interesting initiative here is something called Local Agenda 21. This program addresses the issue of climate change, by seeking to reduce the town’s carbon dioxide emissions and create a sustainable environment. You will see evidence of it in the lighting along the streets, an annual Energy Week and applications of solar energy.