Settle in folks, this could take a while. We had all sorts of things planned for spring and summer in Kassel, exciting activities with first time visitors and long time friends, fun and frolics in the city and at least way too many drinks in Lolita, Fes and the rest. COVID-19 is all anyone can talk about right now and understandably so, as the whole thing is getting rather biblical. How to stay sane in Kassel during these tough times? We’ve got some tips.
There is plenty of time for some deep thinking at the moment, and whether that is good or bad will depend on your point of view. We like to do our thinking with a beautiful view of a beautiful city in front of us and a huge Greek god for company, and if that sounds good then head to the Herkules monument as part of your exercise. Kassel’s most beloved landmark, the huge statue is a part of Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, itself a stunning expanse of verdant wonder. Hang out with Herk, do some thinking, then head home reinvigorated.
Gaze at charming castles
This is the very heart of Germany, so you better believe there are castles. You won’t be able to enter any for a while, but you can still gawp at stunning architecture and take some photos from afar. Löwenburg, found in Wilhelmshöhe, is one of the most unique in the country, one of the first pseudo-medieval castles in Europe and a quite stunning one at that.
Write a fairytale
Budding writers of Kassel, this is your change to get to work and finish that novel. Kassel is the city of the Brothers Grimm, iconic storytellers whose words have travelled to every corner of the globe, and the city is a fertile breeding place for creative writers. Turn the lockdown into a positive and get writing that book, although maybe avoid dystopian fiction for the time being. Life is hard enough…
A street art tour
Not an actual tour, but a personalised jaunt of Kassel’s excellent street art. KolorCubes is a crowd-funded attempt to jazz up the streets of Kassel, utilising concrete as canvas for a new generation of productive and inventive artists. Check out the KolorCubes website for the list of murals and see how many you can seek out.
A most artistic ending
Sticking with the creative side of things, Kassel is home to a cemetery specially for artistic folks, kind of. Now, it might not seem like the best time to be strolling around graveyards, but put aside that superstition and head to the Artists Necropolis. Located at the western edge of the city, this is a cemetery that allows the dead to design their own tombstones, leading to some extremely eccentric images.
A stroll through history
Did you know that Kassel is home to Germany’s first planned pedestrianised street? Okay, there are obviously caveats with that fact, but the city’s Treppenstraße (Stepped Street) is a 300metre long charmer with flowers, shops, cafes and the rest. Obviously you can’t enjoy those shops and cafes for the time being, but there’s nothing wrong with a peaceful stroll through history, provided you stay the regulation distance away from your fellow humans.