The Documenta is a HUGE modern art exhibition that is held in Kassel every five years.
The next one, Documenta 13, will be from June 9 to September 16, 2012, so mark your calendars everybody.
The "Documenta Hall" in this photo is only a small part of the actual Documenta, which manages to pre-empt just about every conceivable exhibition space in Kassel.
If you like the Internet and enjoy the Frankfurt Book Fair, you are bound to LOVE the Documenta.
Of the thousands of modern art works that are put on display here every five years, roughly 96% are pure rubbish in my notoriously inartistic opinion, but the show is so huge that you can spend several enjoyable days just taking in the 4% that appeals to you.
And you may well find that your 4% is not the same as my 4%.
It's not a good idea to go to the Documenta with an artist, by the way. I made that mistake once. Nothing against artists, but they tend to get terribly upset about that other 96%.
Until the end of 2006 the Documenta Hall was used as a temporary venue for spoken drama, while the State Theater was being renovated.
Hercules is watching you
Situated in central Germany on the Fulda river, Kassel is overlooked by its famous landmark, the Hercules.
The Hercules was built in 1713 on top of the so-called 'Oktogon', an octagonal stone structure.
Kassel currently has about 195,000 inhabitants and covers an area of around 107 sq km.
DOCUMENTA 13: go for it in 2012!
One thing Kassel is definitely famous for, is the Documenta, an in- and outdoor exhibition of modern and contemporary art that takes place every five years.
The Documenta 12 took place from June 16 to September 23, 2007 and attracted a record-breaking 754,000 visitors from all around the world.
The next Documenta will take place from June to September 2012. If time permits, try to pay Kassel a visit during that period.
"Things you should see"
2. Castle Wilhelmshoehe
3. Loewenburg (Lions Castle)
4. Aue Park with Organgerie
"City of the Brothers Grimm"
The brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, who became famous as the Brothers Grimm through their unique and worldwide renowned fairy tales, moved to Kassel in 1798. Most of their tales were written in Kassel, many of them being told by the storyteller Dorothea Viehmann.
Apart from their stories, the brothers were also renowned for their published works as linguists. The most important one being the German dictionary, "Das Deutsche Woerterbuch".