Kassel Travel Guide

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    My Kassel
    by robertbaum
  • My Kassel
    My Kassel
    by robertbaum

Kassel Things to Do

  • documenta

    Kassel's main claim to fame is the world's biggest exhibition of contemporary art, the documenta, which takes place every 5 years and turns the whole city into one big art space. The next documenta will be in 2017 (see more information here).So far, my documenta tips focused on documenta XII in 2007. As 2007 is long ago and the tips won't be...

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  • Ottoneum

    The Ottoneum was built in 1606 as a theater, in fact it is said to have been the first permanent theater building in Germany. It served as a theater for most of the seventeenth century, but was then completely remodeled in 1696 so it could house the ruling Landgrave's art and mineral collections. The building was heavily damaged by bombs in October...

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  • Museum Fridericianum

    The Museum Fridericianum was opened in 1779. It is said to be the first building on the European continent that was conceived as a public museum. The architect was a Huguenot named Simon Louis du Ry.The building was largely destroyed by bombs in 1941 and 1944, but was re-built after the war in time for the first Documenta in 1955.Second photo: In...

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  • Documenta

    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...

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  • Kuppeltheater

    The Kuppeltheater was originally built in Freiburg, where it was used for two years while their theater was being renovated. Then it was taken down and moved to Erfurt, where is stood for four years while the new opera house was being built there.And after that it was moved over here to Kassel, where it was used for two and a half years, from...

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  • Staatstheater -- State Theater

    What do Kassel and Leipzig have in common? In the early 1950s, both cities held architectural competitions to see who could design the best new modern opera house. Both of these competitions were won by architect Hans Scharoun (1893-1972) -- but neither of his proposed buildings was actually built.Leipzig at least had a good excuse. Stalin was...

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  • Friedrichsplatz

    Firedrichsplatz (Frederick's Square) is the heart of Kassel. It's located just next to the main shopping street and a good place for relaxing or having a coffee in one of the many cafes. At the moment with documenta going on, Friedrichsplatz has been turned into a poppy field which looks magnificent. Unfortunately, this is only the case for 100...

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  • Grimm Brothers Museum

    A bit of a disappointment for us. For one thing, the museum is not easy to find. We went to Kassel with German friends who visit Kassel fairly often, and they had difficulty finding it. It's a non descript, gray building, and unless you're looking carefully, you will miss it. We drove past it twice before seeing the sign! This place is obviously...

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  • Hercules Under Construction

    The statue of Hercules was under construction when we visited it. The only way to see anything was to take a guided "tour" up the scaffolding (while wearing hard hats). The view of the park from the top is incredible, but you can't see much of the statue beyond the scaffolding and supports, but you can get an idea what it looks like. The tour cost...

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  • View of Friedrichsplatz and...

    What does Kassel have in common with Wiesbaden? Well, for one thing, they both have a Chinese restaurant on the top floor of a building with a good view of the opera house.In Wiesbaden it's the Man-Wah and here in Kassel it's the Hoang China Restaurant and Cafe in a modern shopping center called the Koenigs-Galerie (King's Gallery). From their...

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  • Kassel's best Greek restaurant

    I've been to Ilyssia several times and I'm always fascinated by how good food can be! This place is a must if you're into Greek food. Apart from the great food, the atmosphere is also nice - the restaurant is located in a quiet living area and in summertime you can sit outside on a terrace.Btw, on the website mentioned below, you can find a map how...

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  • Kassel's best Italian restaurant

    To celebrate the end of my studies, my family and I visited this place "L. da Vinci" - it was really great! The food is great, the atmosphere is modern and convenient, and the staff is very nice. Perhaps the only drawback are the prices - L. da Vinci is not actually cheap. I very much enjoyed my bruschetta as a starter, and the scaloppi as a main...

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Kassel Nightlife

  • Cocktails next to the university

    Campus Lounge is a cool place just next to Kassel's university. It offers several cool cocktails (although not too strong ones, the "Zombie" I had didn't turn me into a zombie, so it was rather weak!) and great food! Be prepared for a nice bar that doesn't resemble a lounge, but still is a great place to hang out at night.A great thing is the Happy...

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  • Cocktails in a nice atmosphere

    Trader's Lounge is a relatively small, but good cocktail place in Kassel's centre, only 1 minute away from Königsplatz. A nice place to go to for a cocktail or two before a visit to the cinema or the like. no dress code

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  • Sail along the Kassel Sea

    Named after Captain Cook, the discoverer of Australia, XalloCook is a cool theme bar in Kassel. Everything is about travelling on the seven seas . That's why you sit on a ship-resembling terrace and get your drinks served by sailors. Apart from that, it's a pretty straightforward German bar with good beer, nice cocktails and bar snacks of every...

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Kassel Transportation

  • Public Transport

    Public transport in Kassel is somewhat strange: On the one hand, the city has probably more different bus lines than all other cities of this size. On the other hand, buses run pretty seldomly, just like once or twice an hour. Compared with other German cities, this is a nightmare. Compared with American cities, however, it may be paradise!Almost...

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  • Kassel Main Station

    This is a dead-end station (Kopfbahnhof), meaning that all the tracks end here, so the trains have to go back out the same way they came in. Local and regional trains still stop here, but to get a long-distance train you have to go to the new station at Kassel-Wilhelmshoehe.The inside of the main station has been nicely refurbished in recent years,...

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  • Trains at Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe

    This new railroad station at Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe was opened in 1991 as part of the first high-speed InterCityExpress line from Hannover to Würzburg.The station is practical and convenient but very windy, so dress up warmly if you have to change trains here in the winter.Here you can get trains going north to places like Bremen, Hamburg and Berlin,...

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Kassel Shopping

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    by King_Golo Updated Jul 26, 2007

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    The Königsstrasse is the main shopping area in Kassel. It's approximately 1.5km long and one shop neighbors the next.
    There are two shopping malls (although by no means comparable to an American mall), the City Point and the Königsgalerie. Both are worth a visit, but I prefer the latter as there's a nice ice cream place to relax.
    If in Kassel in December, you will find the Königsstrasse altered completely, as the local Christmas market takes place there. At Whitsun, the Stadtfest turns the street into a 1-mile party area with music, food and entertainment.

    What to buy: Shop for clothes - what else?
    An interesting shop is located in the Königsgalerie: It sells handicrafts from Third World countries. Furthermore, there are several good bookshops, for example Hugendubel in City Point. Unfortunately, good CD shops basically don't exist. You may try Saturn Media Store in City Point or Müller just next to Königsplatz, but both will probably only have the mainstream stuff.

    What to pay: the same as everywhere in Germany

    View on K��nigsstra��e

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Kassel Local Customs

  • Ahle Wurscht

    This is not so much a local custom, but rather a local food! Ahle Wurscht is as typical for Kassel as the gingerbread is for Nuremberg or the Grüne Sauce for Frankfurt. Ahle Wurscht can be translated with "old sausage", but this should not terrify you. This special kind of sausage tastes best after at least a week. If you get the chance, try it!...

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  • There are so many things to do...

    There are so many things to do in Kassel. It's a place which literally reeks culture. The best way to learn more about Kassel itself and it's phenomenal structures is to stroll through the town, visit the monuments and go to a few museums. I'd be here a couple of days if I would list everything. You might want to try to go to Kassel.de on the web....

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  • The DOCUMENTA, exhibition of...

    The DOCUMENTA, exhibition of modern art, is held every 5 years in Kassel. So again this year, 2002. For more info take a look at DOCUMENTA.I didn´t visit the Documenta this year. I only spend a few hours in town and decided to visit Parc Wilhelmshöhe and to make a walk up to the Hercules momument.

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Kassel Warnings and Dangers

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    by bilgeez Written Oct 21, 2004

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    The Cental City Park in Kassel is impressive, but if you have a health condition where it may be dangerous for you to exert yourself, be advised that it is strenuous walking up to the top where the Hercules monument is located. You can park or take a bus to the top and walk down and bus back up if you park there. This is not somewhere to attempt to go on foot if you are not in reasonably decent condition.

    Looking North to Hercules Monument
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Kassel What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Written Mar 13, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: Rainy season: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 7 – 18°C ( 45 - 64°F ); min: 0 - 7°C ( 32 - 44°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 22°C ( 70 - 72°F ); min: 10 - 12°C ( 50 - 52°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 6 – 18°C ( 43 - 64°F); min: 1 - 8°C ( 34 – 47°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 2 – 3°C ( 36 - 48°F); min: -1 - 0°C ( 30 - 32°F )

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Kassel Off The Beaten Path

  • Welcome to the jungle!

    A rarely visited place is the so-called Urwald Sababurg, approximately 25km outside of Kassel. It's a forest that has been left undisturbed for a long time. Therefore, trees grow chaotically, ferns grow rampant, and the air smells of fungi and rotten wood. The Urwald is a wonderful place for a walk, particularly in late spring with fresh green...

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  • 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...

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  • Winter fun on Hohes Gras and Essigberg

    When in Kassel during wintertime, why not go skiing? Leave the city via Druseltalstraße and Im Druseltal (L3218). Soon, you'll find a sign to the right that gives notice of the Herkules, Kassel's most famous landmark. Pass it and go on for another kilometre. Then you will reach Hohes Gras hill, the highest near Kassel. It's 615m high and usually...

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  • Athena

    Kassel is the home of Documenta Exhibition, an ideal city for art-lovers. This exhibition is held every five years, the next one will be in 2007. Athena was only one of the (copies) statues of an exhibition about ancient greek and roman antiquities, which had been taken place in Documenta Hall.

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  • Hercules!

    This 7 m tall statue is the symbol of the city, an impressive landmark visible even from the city borders. Hercules stands on his pyramid and observes the city, the view from there can be seen on the intro. There are cascades near it.

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  • Karlsaue Baroque Park

    This park is at the southern part of the city. Inside this large park, Siebenbergen island of flowers can be admired. Also, Orangery, the central building of the Karlsaue, which was constructed in 1702-1710.

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Lions Castle - Loewenburg
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Water Fun
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Oktigon Monument with Statue of Herkules
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Habichtswald
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Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe in Kassel
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Bismarck Tower
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Schloss Lowenburg
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Herkules
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"Medea"
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Wilhelmshöhe
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