This audio guide app takes you to the most popular sights in the city of Kassel, where also the "documenta", one of the world's most important exhibitions of contemporary art takes place every five years!
The only major city in northern Hesse is deeply rooted in the history of the Brothers Grimm. It was here that the two native Hanauers spent around 30 years of their lives and began their world-famous collection of fairy tales. So it is not surprising that the original first and second editions of their popular book of fairy tales are located in Kassel.
Kassel was first mentioned in writing in 913. From 1277 it was the capital of the Landgraviate of Hesse, from 1567 to 1803 of the Landgraviate of Hesse-Kassel and until 1866 of the Electorate of Hesse.
The cityscape was decisively shaped by Landgrave Karl from 1700 onwards. His ambitious baroque building projects are among the most important sights, which, by the way, include a UNESCO World Heritage Site and which we will discuss in a moment.
Unfortunately, Kassel's significant Old Town was largely destroyed by Allied air raids during World War II. On the night of October 22, 1943 alone, over 10,000 people died and about 80 percent of the residential buildings were razed to the ground. The many half-timbered houses in Kassel, and especially in the old town, were in flames after the targeted mass dropping of phosphorus and stick fire bombs, and the wood set on fire created a terrible inferno.
With the "documenta", the city has hosted one of the world's most important exhibitions of contemporary art every five years since 1955. With the founding of Germany's first comprehensive university, today's University of Kassel, the North Hessian metropolis has been a university city since 1971. Today, with 205,000 inhabitants, Kassel is the third largest city in Hesse after Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden.
By the way, the citizens of the city attach great importance to the division of their origin into Kasseläner, Kasselaner and Kasseler. Would you like to know what this means? People who have moved to the city are called Kasselers. Kasselaner are born in Kassel and Kasseläner in turn are born in Kassel and both parents are Kasselaner.
Are you already a little curious about the audio tour for this remarkable city? Well then, let's get going!
The audio tour for Istanbul covers about 16 kilometers and takes about 3 hours on foot.
However, since you will probably want to visit some of the attractions from the inside and take breaks, try delicious food and snacks, the audio tour will naturally take longer.
In this experience you are the boss and not dependent on a tour group, you decide the duration and pace yourself!
Enjoy the flexibility the tour with our audio guide app, start and end the audio tour wherever and whenever you want!
Route of the Self-Guided Audio Tour for Kassel!
This discovery tour takes you to the 17 most exciting places in the art metropolis, including legendary landmarks, sprawling plazas, monumental monuments, museums, and iconic locales.
We have made a selection of the most important places for you to experience interesting stories and tips for a successful self-guided audio tour of Kassel!!
We also have discounted tickets and with fast entry for many of the sights we have selected for you. For the discounted prices, please see the end of the text for each station in the app, for links to the offers. If you would like to participate in one, remember to check in advance on the attractions website for tours in the language you would like.
Go on a unique journey with the history of the Brothers Grimm and art from Baroque to Modern.
Our offline audio app map will always show you where you are!
Audio tour route and brief info:
- Mountain Park Wilhelmshöhe / Hercules - On the summit of the Karlsberg at an altitude of 530 meters enthroned since 1717 the landmark of Kassel.
Since the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is located on the western edge of the city area and the Hercules stands at an altitude of over 500 meters, we recommend that you approach the Bergpark either with your car or by public transport.
- Mountain Park Wilhelmshöhe / Löwenburg - A baroque pleasure palace with historic interior.
Under Landgrave Wilhelm IX of Hesse-Kassel, later Elector Wilhelm I, the Löwenburg, formerly conceived as a baroque pleasure palace, was built between 1793 and 1801.
- Mountain Park Wilhelmshöhe / Large Greenhouse - Domestic flowers and exotic plants under one roof.
The filigree iron and glass construction, which is one of the earliest of its kind in Germany, is the hallmark of the Great Greenhouse in the Bergpark.
- Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe / Ballhaus - A gem of the Bergpark in the classicist style.
In the immediate vicinity of the northern wing of the palace is a jewel of great artistic value on the inside, which was built under King Jérôme Bonaparte in 1810, initially as a court theater in the classicist style.
- Mountain Park Wilhelmshöhe / Wilhelmshöhe Castle - The classicist castle is now an important museum of the city of Kassel.
The builder of Wilhelmshöhe Castle was Landgrave Wilhelm IX, who had it built in several stages in the style of classicism starting in 1786.
List of museums at Wilhelmshöhe:
- The Collection of Antiquities.
Under the keywords archaeology, sculpture, myth, Greeks, Romans and Hercules, the world of antiquity and its cultures is presented here in a permanent exhibition.
- The Old Masters Picture Gallery.
With about 500 paintings, the gallery offers an excellent cross-section of European painting from the late Gothic to Classicism. It is considered one of the collections of its kind and enjoys a worldwide reputation.
- The Graphic Collection.
60,000 hand drawings, prints, posters and illustrated books from the late Middle Ages to contemporary art are on display in the Graphic Collection.
- Castle Museum Weissenstein Wing
The south wing of Wilhelmshöhe Palace once housed the representative rooms and private apartments of the landgraves and their guests.
- The Museum Library
136,000 volumes and 450 current periodicals on art history, classical archaeology, applied art and tapestry, folklore, prehistory and early history, and the history of astronomy and technology await you in the Museum Library.
- Historic City Hall - The city government since the beginning of the 20th century.
The town hall was built from 1905 to 1909 in the style of new baroque and has since served as the city administration building. Already always flank two gilded bronze lions the flight of steps.
- Hessian State Museum Kassel
Experience 300,000 years of North Hessian regional and cultural history in the Hessian State Museum, which opened in 1913 in the late Renaissance-style building with its distinctive tower.
- UNESCO World Documentary Heritage Grimmwelt - The Children's and Household Tales of the Brothers Grimm have been part of the World Documentary Heritage since 2005.
Kassel is deeply rooted in the history of the Brothers Grimm. This is where they spent around 30 years of their lives and where they began their world-famous collection of fairy tales.
- The Brothers Grimm Festival at Schoenfeld Park
- Fairytale Christmas Market at the Königsplatz
- Staatspark Karlsaue / Siebenbergen Island
Siebenbergen is one of the "pearls of German garden art"; and offers a botanical range of about 100 different plant species from all over the world with seasonally changing flower plantings.
- Staatspark Karlsaue / Orangerie - Astronomical-Physical Cabinet and Hesse's largest planetarium.
The yellow glowing facade of the Orangerie in the Karlsaue is visible from afar. It was built in the early 18th century and was once home to numerous orange and laurel trees.
- State Park Karlsaue / Marble Bath - Splendid interior architecture with marble sculptures, wall reliefs and wall coverings.
The western side pavilion of the Orangery houses the last surviving late Baroque bathhouse in Germany. It was built from 1722 to 1728 and, contrary to its name, served not as a bathhouse but for festive and representative purposes
- Natural History Museum in the Ottoneum - The museum's collection is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe.
In one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, the Ottoneum, is the Natural History Museum Kassel. The collection testifies to over 450 years of history.
- Museum Fridericianum - main exhibition building of the world-famous documenta Kassel.
Since the first documenta in 1955, which was held in the ruins of the Fridericianum, among other places, the museum has been the heart of the art exhibition and has since been a renowned art gallery of international contemporary art.
- Marstall - A building from the end of the 16th century in the style of the Weser Renaissance.
Landgrave William IV of Hesse-Kassel, called the Wise, had the Marstall built from 1591 to 1593 in the style of the Weser Renaissance. The first floor served to accommodate princely horses and the upper floor was, among other things, the art and rarities chamber.
- Martinskirche - One of the landmarks of Kassel.
The Gothic St. Martin's Church is the episcopal seat of the Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck and also the largest church in the city. It was consecrated in 1462 and has been Protestant since 1524. The Hessian landgraves were buried here from the 16th to the 18th century.
- The tower of the Luther Church - The highest building in Kassel.
The Lutheran Church, inaugurated in 1897, met the same fate as many other buildings in the old town during World War II. The nave was destroyed and later demolished.
- Ständehaus - One of the first Neo-Renaissance buildings in Germany.
The Ständehaus was built between 1834 and 1836 and originally served as a meeting place for the Kurhessische Landstände. The house is one of the first neo-Renaissance buildings in Germany. Particularly worth seeing here is the filigree door of the main entrance.
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