Castles In Kassel
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There are a number of interesting and unusual castles in Kassel Germany or nearby. Kassel is the only large city in northern Hesse and is an administrative seat located on the shores of the Fulda River. It is best known for the Documenta international exhibition of contemporary and modern art that is held there every five years. You will find remnants, mostly of sculptures, in many locations in Kassel.
Lowenburg Castle is actually a fake castle and is considered to be among the castles in Kassel Germany. It is the main attraction in the Bergpark Wilhelmshohe Hill Park, which is similar to a Disney park and is one of the most popular attractions in Germany. There are also fake temples and villages in that complex. Also called the Lion's Castle, Lowenburg Castle is a replica of castles in medieval Germany and has weapons and suits of armor on display. Built between 1793 and 1800 and then with later rebuilds by numerous architects and archeologists throughout the years, its sharp towers and perch on a hill in the Bavarian Alps has made it an emblem used in Walt Disney children's films.
The Wilhelmshohe Castle's Gallery of Old Masters features paintings including Rembrandt's largest collection. Also located in Bergpark Wlhelmshohe, in the 12th century the building was a monastery, later became a castle and was replaced by a new one built between 1606 and 1610. Part of the castle was destroyed in WWII. It was reconstructed between 1968 and 1974 as an art museum but then was again renovated between 1994 and 2000 to make it closer to the original castle.
Sababurg, the Castle of the Sleeping Beauty, is over 675 years old but is still beautiful in its rose garden and atmospheric with medieval weapons and suits of armor. It is now a hotel with a restaurant that features awesome rose petal jam and rose tea, a great hall, and a tower that can be accessed on a tour with rooms that can be rented. An inner court stage in the historic garden is used for concerts and plays.
The Spangenberg Castle is a landmark 35km southeast of Kassel. Built in 1235, it later became a hunting seat, then the home of the Prussian School of Forestry. During WWII it was a camp for prisoners of war, but in 1945 it burned to the ground after being hit by Allied fire bombs. It wasn't until the late 1950s that the castle was restored and now contains a hotel, restaurant and museum.
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