Get back to nature at the 'autumn house' just west of town at this quaint wooden country lodge just west of central Kassel, with a large terrace overlooking a sunny clearing in the Habichtswald forest. In summer your view is of cows peacefully grazing the meadows, in winter you'll see sleds and snowboarders whizz down the slope. There's been an inn here since the 1920s, and generations of locals know Herbsthäuschen as a great spot for relaxation after a hike. The newest reincarnation of the restaurant serves local Nordhessen specialities, typical Kassel Aale Wurscht, Schmandschnitzel and Weckewerk, as well as Alpine dishes - or why not drop by in the afternoon and try one of their waffles or cakes together with the fresh forest air. You can combine a visit with the nearby Bergpark as you can wander between the two in about 45 minutes; by public transport take tram 3 from the city centre to Druseltal, then bus 22 to the Ziegenkopf stop, followed by a short walk.