Kassel

Kassel In Your Pocket

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It sounds a little like a Grimm Brothers fairy tale... every five years, for exactly 100 days, the central German city of Kassel awakes from its slumber like a frog in springtime, kissed to life by the hundreds of thousands of visitors of the renowned documenta art exhibition, all looking for inspiration, enlightenment and a bit of magic among the many artworks and events. This year, documenta 14 takes place from June 10 until 17 September.

Every documenta leaves behind a few new works of art in the public space and it's fun to stroll around Kassel to discover them (see our city walk tips), but there are still plenty of other reasons to visit Kassel. There's the elegantly rebuilt city centre with a few intriguing historical corners, some excellent new museums, the lush parks and good shopping opportunities. We highly recommend visiting Kassel's crowning glory; the magnificent Bergpark that spills downhill from the Hercules monument, west of the city centre. Spend a fine day wandering around there, or combine it with a trip to one of the fairy-tale towns around Kassel that inspired the Grimm Brothers when they lived here.

It's time to kiss that frog - enjoy Kassel.

Special Athens city guide edition - until June, the free Kassel In Your Pocket PDF guide download includes a full Athens guide, so you can enjoy documenta's Greek adventures like a local.

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