Situated along the Fulda River, one of the sources of the Weser River, Kassel was established in the X century and has grown since then to one of the most interesting and important towns in the nation. Kassel travel will introduce you to some of the greatest historic landmarks of medieval origin and cultural attractions appealing to visitors of all ages.
Some of the definite must-sees for those enjoying their Kassel travel and short city breaks include Staatstheater, Orangerie, Documenta, Kuppeltheater, Ottoneum, Museum Fridericianum and more. One of the most famous attractions in Kassel, the Orangerie was designed and built during the period of 1701-1710 in a large French-style garden. Like the majority of city's buildings, it was heavily destroyed during World War II, and was still a ruin when used in 1959 as the setting for Documenta. Completely renovated, it has been home to the Museum for Astronomy and the History of Technology, and Planetarium since 1992.
Another prominent sight and subject to many Kassel travel, Documenta is an extensive art exhibition held in the city every five years. Thousands of modern art works are put on display here attracting enthusiastic art lovers and visitors alike. Until the end of 2006, Documenta Hall is planned to be used as a venue for spoken drama. Constructed in 1606 as a theater, Ottoneum is believed to be the first permanent theater building within the country. It served as a theater throughout the XVII century, and was remodeled in the late 1690s to house mineral and art collections of Landgrave. Many visitors to Kassel frequent the Museum Friedericianum, established in 1779 and said to be the first building in Europe serving as a public museum. It was destroyed during the World War II and rebuilt in the post-war years for the first Documenta held in 1955.
For many visitors Kassel is associated with the greenest city in the nation, due to the largest number of parks found here. Regarded as an environmental paradise, about 60% of the city is dedicated to green spots. Those looking for exciting shopping consider Kassel travel as a wonderful opportunity to indulge in numerous stores and designer boutiques. The main shopping area in the city is the Konigsstrasse, some one mile long, with one shop neighboring the next. Located here are also two shopping malls: K?nigsgalerie and the City Center, both worth a visit. In December the Konigsstrasse changes, as the local Christmas market tends to take place here. The shopping mall offers all sorts of accessories and clothing for those looking for something fashionable. The largest department store in Kassel is Sinn Leffers that can be compared to a Sears in Canada and the United States. Those in search of something truly extraordinary may want to consider the outdoor art.
To its guests the city offers a variety of lodges, the most widely reputed of these being the following Kassel hotels: Schlosshotel Wilhelmshoehe, Best Western Queens Hotel Kassel, Ramada Hotel Kassel City Center, Hotel Krone, InterCityHotel Kassel, Stadthotel Kassel, Best Western Hotel Kurfurst Wilhelm I, Mercure Hotel Hessenland Kassel, Top Art Hotel Schweizer Hof and Best Western Ambassador.