Open Monument Day

The motto of this year’s Open Monument Day on 8 September 2024 is “True Signs. Contemporary witnesses of history”.

“Landmarks often describe unique buildings that we remember as recognisable sights. By standing for a significant historical event, characterising the cityscape or silhouette or being visible from afar, they become a symbol, a “sign” of the place.” (

The Darmstadt-Kranichstein marshalling yard is another such industrial monument that shapes the cityscape. Built around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and closed in 2002, the marshalling yard has been a listed building in its entirety since 2017. Bahnwelt Darmstadt-Kranichstein is responsible for the preservation and presentation of the track systems and service buildings, which include the two striking brick signal boxes “Kf” and “R1” in particular. In the coming years, the area will change significantly with the construction of an ICE stabling and cleaning facility in the area of the former track harbour.

As part of a free guided tour, the former function of the marshalling yard will be explained and an outlook given on its future use, taking into account its historical role.

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The event is subject to the status of the construction work on the new ICE facility.


08. Sep 2024


Eintritt frei


Railway Museum Darmstadt-Kranichstein
Steinstraße 7, 64291 Darmstadt


Railway Museum Darmstadt-Kranichstein
06151 376401

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