Kassel: Like a local
With a population of 200,000, Kassel is not only the third largest city in the state of Hesse, but also one of the most centrally located major cities in Germany. It is the perfect place for a stopover on journeys to the south, north, west, or east. But Kassel does not disappoint as a destination in its own right either. Kassel is becoming increasingly popular with city travelers, as it boasts a burgeoning art scene, historic sights and plenty of green spaces within walking distance.
1. Where to go to get away from the crowds.
The Auedamm at the edge of the Auepark is a quiet yet picturesque walk along the river Fulda. On your way you can find many nice spots where you can take a minute and enjoy the beautiful view of the river.
2. A must for music lovers.
Several times a week the Schlachthof cultural centre hosts up-and-coming musical artists from all over the world. Beside proper concerts you can also listen to more spontaneous jam sessions, jazz workshops or blues sessions.
3. Unmissable galleries or museums for any self-respecting art buff?
For some artists, a city’s buildings are their most favorite canvases – this holds true also in Kassel, where there is a lively street art scene. The Raum für urbane Experimente (RuE) association regularly works on urban art projects and presents current exhibitions at the Galerie für Streetart on Holländischer Platz.
4. The best local market and what to buy there.
Less of an insider tip and more of a must see is the Markthalle Kassel. For more than 30 years the stallholders have been making sure that locals get their regular fresh food from the region. In addition to fruit and vegetables, they also sell cheese, meat, and fish from local farmers.
5. Tips for a rainy day?
Kassel is home to the largest planetarium in Hesse, which also uses the modern hybrid projection system. Thanks to this, you will have a deceptively real experience when you visit - almost as if you were in the desert, looking up at the night sky. You can combine your trip to the planetarium with a tour of the Astronomical Physics Cabinet, Kassel’s famous science museum.
6. What’s unique to your city?
Every five years, Kassel hosts the documenta, which is the most important exhibition of contemporary art in the world. The next documenta is scheduled from 18 June to 25 September 2022.
7. What’s worth checking out in the region around the city?
Our list would be incomplete if we didn't give Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe its due. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the pride of Kassel and offers a truly magnificent view. You look at Europe's largest mountain park with unique flora and fauna. Wilhelmshöhe Palace with its various museums offers art and cultural treasures as well. The fountains at the Hercules landmark are a lovely place to spend the summer days.