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    Orangerie

    by Vita500 Updated Oct 15, 2005

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    Kassel - Orangerie

    Construction of the Orangerie in Kassel's Karlsaue (Aue Park) started in 1702.
    Completed in 1710, it used to be the summer residency of landgrave Karl von Hessen-Kassel.
    During World War II, it was almost completely destroyed. After reconstruction, the museum for astronomy and technical history opened in 1992. It also includes a Planetarium and coffee-house.
    Adjacent to the Orangerie is the large Aue Park (please refer to the next tip)

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    Water Fun

    by King_Golo Updated Aug 26, 2005

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    The aqueduct in Wilhelmsh��he
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    Kassel's famous park Wilhelmshöhe is not only the biggest hillside park of Europe (yep, just another record!), it is also famous for its water games, taking place every Wednesday, Sunday and public holiday from the Ascension of Christ (May/June) to October, 3, at 2.30pm. The water games are a must - there are no excuses to miss them! They start at the highest point of the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe: the Herkules. From there on the water flows down dozens of cascades until it reaches a lake at the lower end of the cascades. It vanishes into an underground pipe system and sees daylight again further down the hill. There it flows past the Devil's Bridge with its creepy looks towards the aqueduct. The aqueduct ends in thin air, thus the water falls down some 15m in a spectacular waterfall. Now, there are only some meters left until it reaches another lake in which it erupts in a more than 50m high fountain which lasts for about five minutes!
    The great thing about the water games is that they work without any modern technology - it's just the water power itself that forces the fountain to erupt, supported by the downhill terrain, of course. Furthermore, an ingenious system makes it possible to walk down the hill with the water. On the cascades, it flows very slowly anyway, so that children and daring adults enjoy running in front of it. Later on, walking down the hill will ensure that you can see the water at all the important places.
    The water games are very popular by tourists and locals alike. Make sure to come early as you will have to hike up the park until the cascades (ca. 45 minutes). Make sure to bring a camera. And make sure to walk with the water - you will never forget this view!

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    A different kind of nightlife

    by King_Golo Updated Aug 21, 2005

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    Herkules from the backside

    The best view on Kassel is from Herkules. You discover the cascades, a little bit further Schloss Wilhelmshoehe, then your view wanders over the city centre... This is beautiful at daytime, but guess how wonderful it is during the night when millions of lights are flickering in the valley. It's certainly the most romantic place to be at night.

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    Explore the Karlsaue and Fuldaaue!

    by King_Golo Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    Orangerie and Swans - mirrored in the K��chengraben

    Kassel is well-known to be one of the greenest cities in Germany. 62 % of its area are parks, forests or gardens! If you are in the centre of Kassel (i.e. the Koenigsstrasse), you should not miss exploring the nearby baroque park Karlsaue. It's only some 300m away. Cross the Friedrichsplatz and pass by the Fridericianum (an interesting museum, btw), cross the Steinweg road and follow the paths towards what looks like a giant picture frame - it's a piece of art from a documenta years ago. From this frame, you can get a first glimpse on the Karlsaue. Go down the stairs and you'll see a big yellow building, Kassel's orangery. Next to the building is the marble bath. Inside, you'll find a planetarium, which is really interesting. If you stand in front of the orangery, you'll see a vast meadow, the so-called Karlswiese. In summertime, it's full of people playing football or badminton, or just having a picnic. From the Karslwiese, two long ditches extend towards a beautiful lake. Stroll along these ditches, it's a nice walk. When you've reached the lake, go on further until you come to another lake with an island in the middle. The island is called Siebenbergen, and it's especially beautiful in spring, when it's full of flowers.
    Now turn to the left and cross the street until you reach the river Fulda. Look for the bridge and cross it. You now reach the Fuldaaue, another big park. It's been the main site of the 1955 Bundesgartenschau (i.e. a garden exhibition -I believe it was in 1955). Today, it's a good place to spend your evening with a barbecue or a swim in one of the lakes. There's also a sports area on the river, where rowing and other water sports are possible.
    By the way, in summertime every Tuesday evening the parks are full of inline-skaters as there's an organized skating circuit once a week.

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    Oktigon Monument with Statue of Herkules

    by bilgeez Updated Mar 2, 2005

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    Statue of Hercules on top of Oktigon

    As described on other pages, this is the crown in the jewel of the Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe in Kassel.
    The monument can be seen throughout most of Kassel, as this is the highest point in the city in the Habichtswald. (Hawks' Forest).
    The Oktigon was built in 1701-1713 by Landburgher Karl von Hesse-Kassel as a palace to the Wind. It is about 200 feet (60+ meters) high. In 1717, the 25 foot (8.25m) Statue of Herkules to commemorate strength and protection of the poor was added to the top. It is a replica of the original made by Benvenuto Cellini.
    As I caution in my tip, it is a steep climb up, so be careful if you may have averse effects from strenuous activity! There are many terraces along the waterfall run to stop and rest and along the hiking trails throughout the park are benches, rest areas and places to get some food or drink. If you enjoy this location, take your time and take everything in!

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    Habichtswald

    by bilgeez Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Fountain in Habichtswald
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    The Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe is inside the larger Habichtswald (Hawks' Forest). The pathways up to the Oktigon and Herkules Statue wend through this forest. It is said, there are over 600 varieties of trees in the forest.

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    Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe in Kassel

    by bilgeez Updated Feb 28, 2005

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    Looking South from Hercules Tower

    This place is the most amazing park I've seen, if you read the lead page for Kassel, I give a pretty fair description of what this park contains. The vistas are gorgeous and the waterfall is amazing! I definitely could spend much more time here than I did and not become bored! It is a work out walking up to the Hercules monument!

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    The emperor's summer residency

    by Vita500 Written Jan 8, 2005

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    Kassel - Schloss Wilhelmshoehe

    Built in 1786 by landgrave Wilhelm IX., the castle of Wilhelmshoehe (Schloss Wilhelmshoehe) was used as summer residency by the two German emperor's Wilhelm I. and Wilhelm II.

    These days, the castle houses a collection of art and antique furniture and functions as one of the city's museums.

    During New Year's Eve, hundreds of citizens gather in front of the castle's entrance to celebrate the new year and watch the fireworks.

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    Schloss Lowenburg

    by Colzy Written Oct 11, 2004

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    The beautiful Schloss Lowenburg

    If you are visiting Herkules, don't walk straight down the hill to Schloss Wilhelmshohe. Instead take the route down the right hand side and you will encounter the beautiful Schloss Lowenburg (Lion Castle) that will almost appear out of the trees.

    It is modelled on a medieval Scottish castle and is definitely worth a visit. You will find an outdoor maze adjacent to the castle that is also a bit of fun. Inside the castle there is a museum of arnaments and a museum of chivalry which are both worth a look.

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    Herkules

    by Colzy Written Oct 8, 2004

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    Wasserspiel

    Herkules stands about 600m above sea level and the 2 Euro fee to climb to the top of the statue is well worth the awesome 360 degree view.

    If you happen to time your visit to Kassel between April and November then you can witness the amazing Wasserspeil. On Wednesday and Sunday's at 2:30pm during this time you can see the water cascade down the hill culminating in a 52m high fountain of water at the bottom. Definitely worth a visit.

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    Shopping Mile

    by Leipzig Updated Mar 13, 2003

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    K��nigsstrasse

    Kassel suffered a lot from the Allied bombing between 1943 and 1945. About 95% of the city was destroyed. In the 1950s the city was rebuilt in a very modern style and only a few buildings were reconstructed to its old glamour. However, today Kassel is a great place for shopping. One shopping mall to another one, huge department stores and nice shops invite for spending money.

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    Friedrichsplatz

    by Leipzig Updated Mar 13, 2003

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    statue of Friedrich II

    At the Friedrichsplatz is the State Theatre, the Documenta Hall and the Friedricianum. The staute shows landgrave Friedrich II. Below this square is one of Kassels largest underground parking garage.
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    Lutherkirche

    by Leipzig Updated Mar 13, 2003

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    Lutherkirche

    In this church rests the last prince elector of Hesse-Kassel Friedrich Wilhelm I who died in 1875. The church itself had been completely destroyed during the Second World War and was rebuilt in the 1970s. It's spire is at a height of 80 m (262 ft). In front of the church is one of the oldet cemeteries of Kassel.

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    Martinskirche

    by Leipzig Updated Mar 13, 2003

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    Martinskirche

    St. Martin's Church was built in 14th century but it had initially one tower only. In 1892 a second tower was constructed and the older one was transformed to Neo-Gothic style. Inside the curch are numerous graves of landgraves.

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    Karlskirche

    by Leipzig Updated Mar 13, 2003

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    Karlskirche

    This Huguenot church was erected in 18th century. While the expulsion of the Huguenots landgrave Karl gave them shelter in Kassel. Most of them were great architects and handicraftsman. In the end of the 18th century one fifth of Kassel's citizens were Huguenots and they brought the city a new architectural stlye.

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