Trip time! Discover the museums, art, and parks in Kassel.

Kassel is a central German city, defined by contradictions. Located next to the Fulda River, this place is a unique blend of nonstop entertainment against a serene backdrop.

Many visitors come to Kassel to relax. For guests who want rejuvenating spa treatments and natural wellness clinics, Kurhessen Therme and the Habichtswald-Klinik are welcome destinations. Almost two-thirds of the city is covered in parkland to create a calming air in this metropolis of nearly 200,000. One recreational area to visit is Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, a Baroque-era castle and park that sits at the base of the Habichtswald mountain range.

The city holds a prominent place in literary history. In the 1800s, the Brothers Grimm lived in Kassel, where they wrote the world famous Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Be sure to visit the Brothers Grimm Museum for a historical and nostalgic afternoon.

After exploring the area, visitors will not be surprised to hear that it has one of the highest ratios or museums to people of all German cities. Kassel is home to documenta, a world-renowned contemporary art exhibition that comes to the city every five years. If you aren’t visiting during this exposition, rest assured that there are plenty of other impressive art museums to occupy you: The Fridericianum and Schloss Wilhelmshöhe both have beautiful collections that are rivaled only by their buildings’ stunning architecture.

Although much of the city was bombed during World War II, Kassel has rebuilt itself to possess a blend of traditional and modern designs.

The city is easy to get around, and easy to get to, thanks to numerous transportation options. Within the city limits, a tram system can get you virtually anywhere. The Kassel Calden Airport is ten minutes outside the city proper and the rest of the metropolis is connected to Germany’s rail network and major highways. About two hours from both Frankfurt and Cologne, Kassel is an exciting central stop on your Germany vacation.

Known for

Museums, Culture and Castles

Top Hotels in Kassel

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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IntercityHotel Kassel
Wilhelmshoeher Allee 241, Kassel, HE
$70
per night
Oct 4 - Oct 5
4/5Very Good! (326 reviews)

"Close to Central station, a few metres from the main entrance. Also close to tram station, hotel provided pass for public transport which was very convenient."…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

IntercityHotel Kassel
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pentahotel Kassel
4 out of 5
Bertha-von-Suttner Strasse 15, Kassel, HE
$67
per night
Oct 5 - Oct 6
3.8/5Good! (493 reviews)

"Nice place. Would stay there again Great breakfast. Friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019

pentahotel Kassel
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H4 Hotel Kassel
4 out of 5
Baumbachstraße 2, Kassel, HE
$73
per night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
4.2/5Very Good! (285 reviews)

"Very clean, spacious, great breakfast. Nothing to complain about."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

H4 Hotel Kassel

Popular things to do in Kassel

Schloss Wilhelmshoehe
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Schloss Wilhelmshoehe

Examine Mediterranean antiques and inspect one of the world’s largest collections of Rembrandt paintings in this palace in a park. 

Loewenburg Castle
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Loewenburg Castle

Enter the Baroque chambers and secret halls that lie within the faux-medieval architecture of this impressive castle in the Bergpark of Kassel.

Karlsaue Park
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Karlsaue Park

Come to an oasis in the city to find an island showcasing extraordinary plants and mighty oak trees and a restaurant overlooking this wonderful park.