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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
As mentioned in the intro to this page, Kassel just hosts the 12th documenta art exhibition. It takes place from June 16th to September 23rd, 2007 - so you've still got enough time left to go there! What is it about? According to the official homepage, documenta is the most important exhibition of contemporary art. Since 1955, it takes place every...more
Of course, I didn't like every single piece of art displayed on documenta. Many things are just so weird that you think "What the heck has the artist thought when creating this piece of crap?!?". Others are simply boring. Yet others might be interesting, but are (for everybody who's not a 100% art buff) incomprehensible.So here are some of the...more
Here's the second part of my top 10 artworks on documenta list: 6. Installation "Black Chords Plays Lyrics" by Saadane Afif (2004/07, in Aue-Pavillon): A darkened room full of guitars and amplifiers which are started coincidentally by a computer. Every some seconds, a guitar plays a chord... and then is silent again until somewhere else in the room...more
Nice 4 star hotel in walking distance from the city along the Wilhelmshoeher Allee. All facilities...more
This review relates to my stay at this Hotel from the 10th to the 12th of February, 2009. My stay at...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The Cook is a relatively new theme bar in Kassel. Everything is about travelling on the seven seas (Cook is the name of the guy who discovered Australia for the world). That's why you sit on a ship-resembling terrace and get your drinks served by sailors... no dress codemore
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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,...more
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,...more
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 seldom, just like once or twice an hour. Compared with Chemnitz, the city I live in now, it is just horrible. Compared with American cities, however, it may be...more
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
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!...more
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....more
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.more
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.
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 )
If you cycle upstream from Kassel on regional bicycle route R1 by the Fulda River, you can get to places like Rotenburg an der Fulda and Bad Hersfeld.About 32 kilometers downstream from Kassel the Fulda River joins with the Werra to form the Weser, which eventually flows into the North Sea near Bremerhaven.Second photo: Boats on the Fulda River in...more
Dörnberg is a long inactive volcano approximately 20km away from Kassel. The whole hill is nature protection area (Naturschutzgebiet in German) and a very beautiful path of maybe 5km leads around the top. This path is called "Alps Path" (Alpenpfad) and while hiking it, you easily discover why: nature resembles that of the Alps. The air smells like...more
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. There are three paths starting at the car park:...more
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.more