Germany Trip Plan:
10 Days In Kassel

Germany trip plan: 10 Days In Kassel
Schloss Wilhelmsthal
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I think I can promise you that you will experience unique things in Kassel which you will remember for a long time. Kassel certainly is among the most beautiful of Germany's bigger towns.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 10 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Düsseldorf Airport

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I think I can promise you that you will experience unique things in Kassel which you will remember for a long time. Kassel certainly is among the most beautiful of Germany's bigger towns.

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Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Transport in Kassel

Day 1: Transport in Kassel
Kassel map

 From Kassel-Forsfeld, the inner city can be reached by bus in 14 minutes, and in about the same time on a bicycle, which can be rented at many stations. There is no dedicated stop at Forsfeld itself, though. Buses and streetcars connect the city and the area. For families, the multi ticket is ideal. It is valid from the time of validation for 24 hours (or for the whole weekend), two adults with up to 3 children and teenagers (below 18 years old) can travel with it. This way, you can explore Kassel and its surroundings for just 7 Euro – and it can even be given to someone else to use.


Day 2: Discover the Inner City

Day 2: Discover the Inner City
Naturkundemuseum Ottoneum
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 Kassel was first mentioned in official documents in the year 913, but we won’t go into the details of the historical connections. Anyways, Kassel has all through its history been a residence town with a castle in it. The bombing of 1943, however, was survived by hardly an old building; the Brüderkirche church, built 1297, and the Druselturm tower, built 1415, are two of the remaining witnesses of its past. As many older citizens tell it, Kassel used to be a particularly beautiful town with lots of timber-framed houses, which all fell victim to the war. Another remainder is the Friedrichssquare with the monument to Friedrich II, who had the city’s fortifications destroyed in 1767 and connected the old town through this square and the Königsplatz (King’s Square) with the Oberneustadt (upper new town) which was built for some 1700 Huguenots who had had to flee. Friedrich’s Square is one of the largest town squares in Germany; the first building here that was filled was the Friedericianum, 1779, which was built as a museum. Simplified map of the inner city… Explore the inner city. On this tour, also take a look at the works of art remaining from the “documenta”, installed around the State Theater. Walk in the “Schöne Aussicht” (literally “Beautiful View”) to the Palais Bellevue and enjoy the view to the Karlsaue with the greenhouse and the “Penone tree” of the “documenta 13”. Take one of the many stairs into the Aue and relax. On the other side of the stone path, you can see the State Theater and the Ooneum, which was built from 1603 on as the first fixed theater building in Germany and now serves as museum of natural history with special exhibits for children.


Day 3: A Day at Mountain Park Wilhelmshöhe

Day 3: A Day at Mountain Park Wilhelmshöhe
Schlosspark Wilhelmshöhe
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Mountain park Wilhelmshöhe is unique, which is why this 240 hectare-big park was announced to be a world cultural heritage in 2013. On the edge and at the “Herkules,” there are parking spots, but many of the sights are also easily reached by public transport, best using the so-called multi ticket. Take tram 3 towards Druseltal and change to bus 22 at the final step, going towards Hohes Gras. This bus also stops in front of the “Herkules.” Take a look at this construction which was built at the beginning of the 18th century and on the top of which one can find the copper statue of the Greek god Hercules (the ‘patron saint’ of Kassel). It was actually made in the Messinghof in the Leipziger Strasse, which is partly preserved. Then, accompany the water (on Wednesday, Sunday and holidays): 2:30pm Starting at the giant basin at Hercules’ feet (1) 3:05pm Steinhöfer Waterfall (2) 3:20 Uhr Devil’s Bridge (3) 3:30 Uhr Aqueduct (4) 3:45 Uhr Giant Fountain (5) From June to September, every first Saturday of the month, there is a chance for a romantic evening with the illuminated water play. Go for a walk through the park and have a look at the ‘Staffage’ buildings which do not really serve a purpose: Cestius’ Pyramid, Virgil’s Tomb, Socrates’ Hermitage, the Temple of Mercury, Sybille’s Grotto, Pluto’s Grotto and the remains of the Chinese village Mou-lang


Day 4: Wilhelmshöhe Castle

Day 4: Wilhelmshöhe Castle
Schloss Wilhelmshöhe
[ source: Wikipedia]

 At the end of the 18th century, the castle was built for Duke Wilhelm IX, the later duke elector Wilhelm I. Gerome, Napoleon’s brother, king of the kingdom of Westphalia, used it as residence, between 1811 and 1813. At that time, it was called “Napoleonshöhe.” The kingdom Westphalia had Cassel as its capital and reached from Elbe to Lahn, encompassing an area of 60000 square kilometers (in 1810). Then, it was again seat of the duke elector; 1870-71, Napoleon III. was imprisoned here. From 1891 to 1918 it served as summer residence to Emperor Wilhelm II, from 1916 on it was the headquarters of the high military command.


Day 5: In the Footsteps of the Brothers Grimm

Day 5: In the Footsteps of the Brothers Grimm
Grimm house

 Thanks to the children‘s and popular fairy tales, which have been translated into some 160 languages, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are known throughout the world. They didn’t just collect fairy tales, though, their German Grammar and German Dictionary laid foundations for German studies. Today, the Museum of the Brothers Grimm is located in the Palais Bellevue at the “Schöne Aussicht”. In future, the “Grimm World” is to be built on the vineyard hill. Some 100000 items, mainly books, of which only a part can be publicly displayed at any one time, is stored in Kassel. The museum’s rooms have been furnished with seating, glass, porcelain, silver and other period pieces from the time when they lived.


Day 6: A Day in the Karlsaue

Day 6: A Day in the Karlsaue
Kassel Karlsaue
[ source: Wikipedia]


Day 7: The Remains of the documenta

Day 7: The Remains of the documenta
Documenta Kassel

 The documenta is the most important contemporary art fair in the world. It is held every five years (originally, every four years) and goes on for a full 100 days. Almost a million visitors from all over the world visit Kassel around that time. The next documenta will take place in 2017.


Day 8: Castle and Park Wilhelmsthal

Day 8: Castle and Park Wilhelmsthal
Schloss Wilhelmsthal
[ source: Wikipedia]

 Wilhelmsthal castle near Calden is considered one of the most beautiful rococo castles in Germany. It was constructed in the mid-18th century following designs of Cuvilliés (the Munich court architect), with an interior designed by sculptor Johann August Nahl (of Sanssouci, Potsdam). Wilhelmsthal castle is home to an important collection of East Asian and European porcelain, with the Meissen manufacture especially well represented. There are also exceptional pieces of French lacquer furniture. The painter Heinrich Tischbein contributed the so-called Telemach Cycle, an ancestor’s gallery and a ‘beauty gallery’ (with portraits of beautiful women) still located in the original rooms. The visitor is given a nice insight into the courtly life of the dukes as well as their servants. A particularly popular attraction is the main kitchen with a roast-turning machine that is still functional.


Day 9: Reinhardswald forest and Sababurg castle

Day 9: Reinhardswald forest and Sababurg castle
Gottsbüren
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 The fairy tale of Dornröschen (Sleeping Beauty) is said to have taken place here. The Sababurg castle was built at the beginning of the 14th century to protect the pilgrims coming to the pilgrimage site of Gosbühren. Supposedly, in 1330, the undecomposed corpse of Jesus was discovered here. As pilgrims stopped coming soon, as early the 1455, the castle was described as ‘deserted.’ Later, its foundation walls were used as corner stones of a magnificent hunting lodge which was abandoned at the beginning of the 19th century, grown over by ivy and surrounded by a deep hedge of wild roses. Thus, the tale of Sleeping Beauty, which the brothers Grimm later included in their fairy tale collection, was born.


Day 10: Fritzlar and Edersee

Day 10: Fritzlar and Edersee
St.Petri Chatedral
[ source: Wikipedia]

 Fritzlar is a smaller town about 30 km from Kassel, with a beautiful medieval old town with timber-framed houses and a cathedral, the history of which reaches back to the 8th century. At that time, Bonifaz founded a church and a monastery here and, in 723, had the Donar Oak felled. This is where the medieval German Empire began when Heinrich I was declared King of the Germans at the Reichstag of 919. The name Fritzlar derives from the original name of the settlement, Friedeslar, the “place of peace.”


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