Top 5 Things to Do in Kassel

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    Whether you are planning a visit with children or as an adult, here are 5 things to do in Kassel, Germany

    Germany is the land of fairy tales and Kassel can be its charming capital. Located in northern Hesse on the River Fulda, the Brothers Grimm spent time here and it is now the site of the Fairy Road Society (Verein Deutsche Märchenstraße), several castles and a huge Hercules sculpture that is part of their World Heritage of UNESCO.

    Thousands of visitors travel to Kassel each year to feel the magic, but it is also a bustling city with a public university and a beautifully reconstructed city center.

    1. Pay homage to Hercules at Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

    Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is epic in scale and scope, covering an incredible 2.4 square kilometers (590 acres). Its construction, begun in 1689, lasted about 150 years, and has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2013.

    In the center of the park, there is a huge monument to Hercules. The copper statue sits atop the 526-meter-high Karlsberg Mountain and offers views from all sides of the park. Standing on the top of the hill since 1717, the statue is a giant replica of Hercules "Farnese" created by Johann Jacob Anthoni, a goldsmith from Augsburg.

    From the observation tower at its base, you can see the Nordhessische Mittelgebirge mountain range and a magnificent waterfall that runs down the slope. With hundreds of species of plants and more than 1,500 species of flowers, the spectacular landscape makes it a sight to behold. The hydraulic system receives an extra magical air every Sunday and Wednesday at 2:30 pm. (May to October) when they do a show.

    A winding path takes visitors to the park's northernmost point at the top. Entrance to the park is free, but tickets are required to enter the castles. If you want to get close the hard way, there are 200 steps to the top of the bottom of the hill.

    2. Admire the art at Schloss Wilhelmshöhe

    Also located in the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, this neoclassical palace was the favorite summer retreat of the German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II. Built in 1786, the palace includes an impressive collection of antiquities and old masters art, including the second-largest Rembrandt collection in Germany. The collection was assembled by William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel in the early 18th century.

    The Corps de Logis (central block of the palace) and its dome, inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, were destroyed in an air raid in 1945. The palace was rebuilt between 1968 and 1974 and turned into a museum.

    3. Go to the Middle Ages at Löwenburg Castle

    Another castle on the grounds of Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Lion's Castle, is a semi-ruined rustic palace resembling medieval architecture's baroque style. Built between 1793 and 1801, it was inspired by the Scottish epic cycle Ossian.

    This castle was decorated with the best clothing of the time. Its luxurious interior features royal rooms filled with paintings, tapestries, stained glass, and furniture. There is also a fully-equipped arsenal and a Neo-Gothic chapel where Landgrave Wilhelm IX is buried. Outside, the beautiful gardens continue with a vineyard and a collection of animals.

    The castle's almost ruined appearance came true during the air raids of WWII. However, an extensive renovation has given the castle new life and it is now open to visitors.

    4. Live the fairy tale

    Germany is the source of some of the world's most beloved fairy tales. The German Fairy Tale Route (Deutsche Märchenstraße) takes visitors along this enchanting route to Hanau, Steinau, Marburg and Kassel. The city is not just a stop on the road, it is the headquarters of the organization that created the itinerary.

    This stop on Fairy Tale Road is home to a whole world dedicated to the founders of fairy tales, the Brothers Grimm. GRIMM WELT (or Grimm's World) contains impressive artifacts for our imaginary world. His most notable piece is the original 1812 edition of "Grimm's Fairy Tales" ("Kinder-und Hausmärchen"). Younger children will have fun with interactive exhibits and video installations.

    5. Study the natural world at Staatspark Karlsaue

    Get back to nature with this 16th-century park. Part of the European Garden Heritage Network, the 400-acre park is formally designed and runs along the Fulda River with a series of canals leading to lakes and shady trees. the cascading fountains. Within its limits is the island of Siebenbergen, which is particularly beautiful from spring to summer, when its many flowers are in bloom.

    The highlight of the park is the dreamy Orangery, which stretches out into the night sky. There is a Museum of Astronomy and Technology with an abundance of scientific equipment and a solar system to scale to awaken curious minds.

    Next to the Orangerie, turn your gaze down to earth with the marble bathrooms. Built in the mid-18th century, it is the last surviving example of this type of Baroque bathtub in Germany, with large life-size marble sculptures, wall reliefs and medallions.

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