Family friendly towns/villages in the south of Darmstadt

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we are planning to move somewhere in and around Seeheim-Jugenheim (15-20min by car from the international school there).


We´d love to live close to nature (forests/lakes) in a quite place (still public transport is also important) with playgrounds/parks and a diverse and inclusive environment.

The places below are the ones that we´re focusing on:

64319, Pfungstadt
64665, Alsbach-Hähnlein
64367, Mühltal
64372, Ober-Ramstadt
64686, Lautertal (Odenwald)
64579, Gernsheim
64625, Bensheim
64342, Seeheim-Jugenheim
64589, Stockstadt am Rhein
64653, Lorsch


Any comment that would help us narrow this list down, or see something we´ve missed would be greatly appreciated




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I'm living in Alsbach since a year and a half. In terms of narrowing down your list, I would definitely prefer the places that are close to a train station on the Mannheim/Heidelberg - Frankfurt line (Bensheim, Alsbach-Hähnlein, Seeheim-Jugenheim, Pfungstadt). The places further afield have sub-par bus services and you'll end up having to drive everywhere to not waste too much time.


Diversity is not exactly a strong point for the smaller places, and Bensheim probably has the least "village feel" to it. If this is a key deciding factor then I'd suggest to perhaps consider the souther side of Darmstadt, such as Eberstadt.


As you suggest, a huge plus is the proximity to awesome trails and backroads for running and cycling. Bring your trail shoes and gravel bike :). For anyone enjoying outdoor activities it is a great spot, and the local castles and surrounding areas are a big hit with the kids (and any visitors).


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