Elfbuchenturm, Kassel, Hesse, 34131, Germany
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Travel Tips for Kassel
Hiking on Dörnberg (II)
On top of Dörnberg hill, basically at the end of Alpenpfad, there is a sailplane airfield. While it is of course fun watching the planes rising silently into the air and then circulating around the hills after you've finished your walk, it might be more of an adventure trying it yourselves!
If you have a lot of time, there are regular classes. I'm not sure whether you can actually participate in a flight without having taken the course, but maybe the guys from the sailplane club can help you - see website below.
If you go for it, tell me! I'll be more than happy to take pics from the ground ;)!
You would be forgiven for thinking that Kassel is a large modern purpose built city, a product of the latter half of the 20th century but you would be wrong.
Although much of Kassel does indeed date from the 1950's the reason is that most of the old city was destroyed by allied bombing in the second word war.
What there is today in terms of a city center is well laid out and efficient but nothing that would tempt a tourist into staying.
Just outside the city centre is this impressive park with fountains that cascade down a series of falls presided over by a huge monument to Hercules.
Also in the grounds of the park is an impressive medieval looking castle but is in fact a 19th century folly. The owner was in love with Scottish castles and employed an architect to design one for him.