What can one do in Kassel?
The question "What can you do in Kassel?" Is not that far-fetched. So far Kassel has been our main venue Documenta known. We didn't know much more about the city. The city of Kassel and its surroundings offer Northern Hesse three attractions that are so significant that they are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We visited these on a three-day trip to the region. This led us into almost primeval forests, to a baroque masterpiece of horticultural art and to the realm of fairytale collectors. With these three top tips for the summer, a visit to Kassel will be a great experience.
What can one do in Kassel? Visit the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park
To reach our first destination, you have to leave Kassel first. We drive to the Waldecker Land. Our destination is the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park. The visitor center of the national park is located away from the tourist streams that lure it to the Edersee. The fastest way to reach it via Frauenau. However, the ride along the Edersee is more beautiful. A natural heritage of a special kind are the beech groves in the National Park Kellerwald-Edersee. These trees have it all: they conquered the European continent after the last ice age within a short 6000 years, almost in the blink of an eye of the earth's history.
It went like this: during the last ice age, many tree species, including the beech, were displaced by changing climatic conditions and of course the ice. Unlike in America, where the mountain ranges run from north to south, they extend from east to west in Europe. Beech trees grew with the advancing ice only in the eastern regions of their former growth areas. It was not until the ice melted that the beech slowly returned from the East to its former growth areas and conquered Europe in an astonishingly short time. If man had not intervened in the ecological processes of Europe, beech would certainly be one of the dominant tree species in the Old World today. More about the wilderness and the forests around the Edersee you can read here.
What can one do in Kassel? Experience the water games on the Wilhelmshöhe
Imagine: several reservoirs naturally fill with rainwater and are emptied twice a week. That's nothing spectacular in itself. However, if this water flows through a sophisticated system of canals, watercourses, meetings, steps and aqueducts, then it becomes something unique: the baroque water games in Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel. For three hundred years, the water is already flowing down the mountain - when the drainpipes are opened. The Landgraves and Princes used to arrange this at Schloss Wilhelmshöhe, today you can watch the water spectacle twice a week during the summer months. However, you should know a lot for the visit to the water games, because it is not an easy walk. The water determines the speed. Only about ten minutes long, each of the attractions on its way down to the fountains pond, where finally a fifty-meter-high fountain ensures a great finish to the event. What you pay attention to when visiting the water games in Kassel and what you should know about it before, you can read here.
What can one do in Kassel? Discover the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm
The third of the three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kassel is an intangible cultural heritage. These are the first editions of the fairy tale collection of the Brothers Grimm. Shown are the first editions of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, which could be told by Dorothea Viehmann, among others. They first wrote down the stories that were passed down orally over the centuries. The first editions show not only the fairy tales themselves, but also the written comments of the two linguists, which they made handwritten at the margin of the edition. The focus of the museum is not only the fairy tale collection of the Grimms, but their entire life, they spent together. We learn interesting things about her background, her family, which supported her all her life, her political attitude, which cost her her position at the Landgrafenhof in Kassel. In short, not only the fairy tales are introduced, but above all their two collectors, who were much more than storytellers. More about the Brothers Grimm and their lives here's to read.
In three days you can easily visit these UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kassel. We needed a day to visit the visitor center in the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park with a hike in the National Park. On the second day we visited the Baumkronenweg at the Edersee in the morning and then drove to the Herkules Terraces via Kassel, where we had lunch (it was best to book the restaurant is very busy.) The water games experienced. On the third day, we devoted the morning to the Brothers Grimm and their museum and in the afternoon had time for a city tour of Kassel, which gave us an idea of the city.
What you should pack for this trip:
- The best way to get to know the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park is on a hike. A good starting point for the visit is the place Frankenau. From there it is not far to the visitor center. There are also beautiful hiking trails in this region where you can experience the beech forests of the region. On backpackin which you have one Brotzeitto pack a jacket for a possible weather change is very convenient.
- Good and comfortable shoes are highly recommended at the three attractions. You will be traveling a lot. Also you should not underestimate the visit of the baroque water games. To see them perfectly, you have to be in the right place at the right time. The water does not flow constantly, but only for a certain time. Therefore, you will have hardly any time for breaks during your visit.
- If you are planning an elegant evening, then you should comfortable pumps .
Travel Tips for Hesse
- Three tips for bon vivants in Bad Wildungen
- A culinary trip through Hessen
- Where to eat in Kassel?
- Baroque water games in Kassel
- Kellerwald Edersee Nature Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site and fairytale home
Arrival by train or bus
Lufthansa and many other airlines fly to Frankfurt or Hanover. Possible is the journey by train to Kassel. Conveniently located the ICE station Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe. information about local transport links is here. Also drive Long-distance buses * to Kassel.
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Source: own research on site. We thank the GrimmHeimat Nordhessen for the friendly invitation to this trip. Our opinion remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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