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100 days to soak up Kassel's arty offerings

May 31, 2012

Kassel will be the focus of the international art world when the 'documenta' fair kicks off in June. For 100 days, everything will revolve around art. Discover Germany takes a look at Kassel - before the big show begins.


Art is a huge deal in Kassel. Relics from past art shows are found everywhere and continue to enrich the city landscape till today. The city offers a number of other attractions too.

Kassel's state orchestra, with its 500-year-old history, is one of the world's oldest musical ensembles. The Ottoneum, Germany's first permanent theater building, is today a natural history museum with a library of trees. And the Fridericianum is Europe's oldest public museum. Kassel is also home to Germany's oldest pedestrian zone, the Treppenstrasse.

The Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is also a unique park landscape. It stretches over an area of 240 hectares (0.93 square miles) and boasts over 500 varieties of wood. Other highlights include the city's emblem - the Hercules monument, and the Wilhelmshöhe palace with its magnificent collection of paintings by old masters.

Author: DW-TV
Editor: Jessie Wingard

Kassel's Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
Kassel's Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is a must see for all who visitImage: picture alliance/dpa
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