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Kassel — the city that systematically combines modern architecture and consciously lived history: from the oldest testimonies of Old High German literature to exceptional parks and museums as well as the documenta, the outstanding exhibition of modern art which is existent since 1955 (dOCUMENTA 13 opens on June 9, 2012), to name only a few distinctive features of the city. Cultural events are often the main focus and contribute in manifold ways to the cityscape. A cultural focus — be it Kassel and the Borthers Grimm or Kassel and the documenta — can be chosen in order to discover the city and experience how Kassel changes and always reveals new facets while presenting itself from varying perspectives.

Mentioned for the first time in 913, Kassel looks back upon a long and eventful history. Today's visitors can still discover plenty of this, even though Kassel was almost entirely destroyed during World War II. Thus, although there is not much left of the old town, several history-charged and impressive buildings can still be visited: for example the Fridericianum, which was built in 1779 and was not only the first public museum, but also housed the Hessian state library in which Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm worked from 1808-1829. Or the Ottoneum, which was erected from 1603 to 1606 as one of the first theatre buildings in Germany and today houses the museum of natural history. The city centre itself was newly constructed in its entirety after 1945, which led to today's heterogeneous city panorama: architecture of the 1950s is located next to reconstructed and restored buildings as well as modern architecture.

Thanks to the many museums, the widespread cultural alternatives on offer and the relaxing parks, Kassel offers both mental and physical incitements as well as diverse possibilities to spend an enjoyable evening. The centrally located Staatstheater (state theatre), which offers drama and opera, combines sophisticated theatrical examnination with entertaining production — a visit is worthwhile. Kassel's high density of restaurants, pubs and bars also invites visitors to remain a while longer in town. Seeing Kassel's Herkules (the statue of Hercules in the park around Schloss Wilhelmshöhe) and the bergpark is not only impressive by day, the way up there is also worthwhile in the evenings because Kassel stretches sparkling down the mountainside and presents itself from one of its many beautiful sides.




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