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Kassel Transportation

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    by Nemorino Updated Dec 8, 2010

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    This is the former station building of a narrow gauge railroad that used to serve this valley. The railroad has long since vanished, and the station building is now an Italian restaurant called "Spessartbahn", meaning "Spessart Railway".

    Transportation is now provided by buses, which go mainly to the railroad station in Gelnhausen, the nearest large town.

    The old station
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Kassel Shopping

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    by Nemorino Updated Feb 5, 2006

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    Well, they've got this supermarket, as well as several butcher shops and bakeries. So they don't have to drive to another town to do their daily shopping.

    Rewe Supermarket

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Kassel Local Customs

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    by Nemorino Updated May 16, 2007

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    No German village would be complete without a cigarette machine, conveniently mounted close to the ground so that even the smallest child can become addicted at an early age.

    As VT-member mariajoy has quite correctly pointed out in a tip on her Bad Salzig page, these cigarette machines are everywhere in German towns.

    She writes: "These machines on the street are a thing of the past in the UK because they would just be vandalised. I still can't believe such a tiny town needs soooo many cigarette machines. Having said that, I saw at least two doctors surgeries."

    Thanks, Maria, for this observation. I hope you don't mind my quoting it here.

    Update: Because of a new law that took effect at the beginning of 2007, you now have to insert a card proving you are at least eighteen in order to buy cigarettes from a vending machine.

    Cigarette machine in Biebergem��nd-Kassel

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    by Nemorino Written Feb 5, 2006

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    Biebergemünd-Kassel is still a stronghold of the old German custom of airing out the bedclothes. Sheets and pillows (often also blankets) are draped on the windowsill of the half open window and left there all or part of the day.

    Understandably, this custom is no longer practiced in large cities with a severe air-pollution problem.

    Airing the bedclothes

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Kassel Off The Beaten Path

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    by Nemorino Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    When Kassel and Wirtheim were merged in 1970 to form the town of Biebergemünd, neither village wanted to give the impression that it had been taken over by the other, so they built a new town hall here in the Bieber Valley about halfway between the two villages.

    The building also includes a bowling alley, a meeting hall (Bürgerhaus or "citizens' house") and a "yawningly empty" (to translate the German expression) Chinese restaurant. The waitress actually came out to meet me when I cycled up, and was very disappointed that I didn't want to eat there. She hadn't had a customer all day, evidently.

    The town hall

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    by Nemorino Updated Feb 5, 2006

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    There is only one church in Kassel, namely this Catholic one. As is typical for German villages, the inhabitants all tend to have the same religion, because in earlier centuries they were forced to believe whatever their local ruler believed.

    This may sound like a silly rule, but actually it made sense at the time because it was an important component of the Peace of Augsburg that was negotiated in 1555, to put an end to religious strife within the loosely-knit "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation".

    Under this agreement, all the princes and dukes and other local rulers agreed not to make war against each other for religious reasons. In the countryside, the common people were required to accept the religion of their local ruler, but in the cities both Catholics and Protestants were allowed to have churches and practice their own religion.

    The Church in Biebergem��nd-Kassel The church from a distance

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    by Nemorino Written Feb 5, 2006

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    There is still some farming going on, but on the whole the town looks more suburban than rural.

    By the way, they claim that Kassel is where Snow White met the Seven Dwarves. Just thought you'd like to know that.

    A street in Biebergem��nd-Kassel

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