Kassel is a major city in the federal state of Hesse and has a lot to offer, especially for historically and culturally intersted visitors. Although the bombings in WWII destroyed most of the buildings in the city centre, Kassel's tourism is booming thanks to the variety of attractions: architectural monuments, churches and museums, but also many theatres and a multifaceted cultural programme await you in Kassel. There is just so much to explore!
The documenta is one of the world's leading art exhibitions and a source of inspiration for artists. Every 5 years, it attracts thousands of art lovers. Find out more here.
Kassel's museum landscape is significant and diverse. The city's museums pick up many important current events and explain them with lots of details.
The stories by the Brothers Grimm still fascinate both young and old. At the impressive exhibition, you will learn lots of new details about the life and the work of the Brothers Grimm, explained in a modern and vivid way.
Stadtmuseum Kassel (Kassel City Museum) deals with the history of the city. It is also an official documenta exhibition space. Next to interesting permanent exhibitions, the museum has been hosting special exhibitions about Kassel's history in its tower since the reinauguration in 2016.
The Fridericianum is a museum for contemporary art in Kassel. It was originally used to exhibit art objects belonging to Hessian royalties and home of the princely library. Nowadays, it is one of the major documenta venues.
Kassel is an important city for the international art scene. Throughout the year, lots of vernissages and exhibitions with works by renowned national and international artists take place in Kassel.
The most famous exhibition is however the documenta. Also galleries like the New Gallery or the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister are highly popular among tourists and locals.
The New Gallery originally showcased the collection of paintings "Old Maestros", until it was completely destroyed during WWII. The gallery was reinaugurated in 1976 and has ever since then been an important venue for exhibitions of art from the 19th century until today. It is also one of the main documenta venues.
The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (Paintings gallery Old Maestros) is located in Wilhelmshöhe Palace and exhibits paintings by Flemish and Dutch painters from the 17th century. Many renowned artists like Rembrandt, Rubens or Anthony van Dyck can be found on the walls. The Gemäldegalerie is Germany's largest collection of paintings by Rembrandt.
Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel is the largest hillside and landscape park in Europe. It was appointed UNESCO World Heritage site in 2013. Next to fascinaing nature, seemingly endless walking and hiking paths and the baroque landscaping style, you will be amazed by the many other sights on display at Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe.
The Hercules monument is located in the middle of Berkpark Wilhelmshöhe. It is a copper statue depicting the Greek demigod Herakles and an important landmark in Kassel. Every year, the Water Features at Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe have their starting point right at the monument. In 2013, the Hercules monument was appointed UNESCO World Heritage along with Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe.
Wilhelmshöhe Palace is located in the Wilhelmshöhe hillside park. The classicistic palace reached international fame when it became home to the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. Discover the palace's unique architecture and explore the extensive palace gardens - only a few walking minutes away from our hotel.
The Löwenburg (Lions Palace) was built in 1793 and is also part of the Wilhelmshöhe hillside park. It is one of the first neo-Gothic buildings in Germany and therefore definitely worth a visit.
Water is a recurring theme that runs throughout the whole Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe. See spectacular water art in Kassel, with blubbering fountains, lakes and waterfalls. The Wasserspiele (water features) will simply amaze you!
Kassel's diverse culinary landscape leaves nothing to be desired. The city centre boasts a number of high-quality restaurants. No matter, whether you want to discover local dishes like the pork sausage "Ahle Wurst", the typical green sauce or "Weckewerk", another specialty including sausage, or prefer international cuisine - you will find what you are looking for in Kassel. There is something for every palate. German restaurant or exotic eatery, everything is worth a try.
Also Kassel's bars are unique in their ways. Enjoy creative and unique cocktails or savour traditional wine and beer specialties in Kassel.