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Kassel Travel Guide

Löwenburg Castle, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel (© vom - Fotolia.com)
Löwenburg Castle, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel.

Introduction

Kassel (spelt Cassel until 1928) was named after a castle of the Chatti, an ancient Germanic tribe from the region of Hesse. It is famous for its association with the Brothers Grimm.

Attractions

Once a beautiful city, Kassel was flattened by air raids in WWII and scarred by inept postwar reconstruction. Most of the sights are nested in Bad Wilhelmshöhe, on the edge of the Habichtswald Nature Park, a few km west of the centre. There you will find the grand neoclassical Wilhelmshöhe Palace, housing the Landscape Museum Hessen Kassel, renowned for its Old Masters Gallery. Proudly overlooking the city, the Hercules monument was erected in 1701-17 at the park's highest point on Karlsberg (526 m above sea level) as a symbol of the region's strength. At the other end of the park is Schloss Löwenburg, a neo-gothic castle of Scottish inspiration.

Four noteworthy museums are located northwest of Karlsaue Park in central Kassel: the Fridericianum, the New Gallery, Brothers Grimm Museum and the Museum of Sepulchral (the so-called "Death Museum").

Wilhelmshöhe Palace at Night, Kassel (© Michael Wolf - Fotolia.com)
Wilhelmshöhe Palace at Night, Kassel.

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