Why Kassel?... Why not!
Once the seat of earls and electors, the city of Kassel, located on the banks of the Fulda River, has a lot to offer both its guests and its almost 200,000 inhabitants.
Kassel has an excellent reputation for its impressive and divers culture and fine arts. A multitude of museums, galleries and theaters, some of which date back hundreds of years, shape the townscape. The Alte Meister Art Collection, for example, was started in the 18th century by landgrave Wilhelm VIII of Hessen. Kassel is also home to the first building housing a theater in Germany (today Natural History Museum) and the first museum on the european continent (Kunsthalle Fridericianum). Another tribute to Kassel‚Äôs world-wide popularity is the documenta, an international modern art exhibition that takes place in Kassel every five years since 1955.
If you love nature, you‚Äôll love Kassel! More than sixty percent of the urban area are devoted to woodlands, parks and gardens. Two of the most beautiful parks date back to the 18th century. At that time, Earl (Landgraf) Karl built the Orangerie Castle with the Karlsaue, a park located directly at the Fulda River, and the impressive Mountain Park Wilhelmsh√∂he on the east slope of the Habicht forest. In 2013, Europe's largest mountain park with its unique wealth of plants, the waterfeatures and the Hercules monument has been named as a World Cultural Heritage. Already in 1717, the park was crowned by a 71 meters high monument at the top of which stands the statue of Hercules, looking out over all of Kassel. Towards the end of the century, the Wilhelmsh√∂he Castle was built and added to the park.
World War II drastically changed the face of Kassel. On October 22, 1943, Kassel was bombed and finally, lay in ruins. When the war ended seventy percent of homes and 65 percent of industrial sites were destroyed. Twelve years of Nazi rule and World War II had brought Kassel to a low point. But the city was rebuilt and eventually became one of the most advanced in post-war Germany.
Today, Kassel is shaped by both the old and the new: Castles, half-timbered houses, and old museums are right next to modern sculptures and shopping malls. Classical concerts and theatrical productions enchant their audience as do cinemas, cabarets, festivals, and bars. This unique blend makes Kassel an attractive and interesting place to live and study.
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http://www.kassel.de (available in Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic)