The region holds unique cultural treasures, such as the museums in Europe's largest mountain park or documenta – the largest exhibition of contemporary art. There are also a number of gems to discover: the Christian Daniel Rauch Museum in Bad-Arolsen, the Currency Museum in Fuldatal, the Border Museum "Schifflersgrund" in Bad Sooden-Allendorf, the Hessian Lignite Mining Museum in Borken and the Railway Museum with a museum railway in the water tower in Bebra.
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Parks in northern Hesse
Parks and gardens
There is a wide variety of parks to be discovered in northern Hesse, reflecting the diversity of the region. They impress due to their multifacetedness, the expression of different styles and their individual quality. From the old monastery or castle garden to large baroque parks, to new spa gardens, the region offers plenty of alternatives.
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Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park
Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park is Europe's largest mountain park. The unique abundance of trees and plants, the museums and attractions, such as the Hercules monument and the water displays, make the mountain park an extraordinary experience. This diversity and its wide-spread profile are also reasons for the acceptance for inclusion into UNESCO's world heritage list.
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Karlsaue State Park and Orangery
Built between 1701 and 1711 for Landgrave Charles and his wife Maria Amalia, the Orangery served as a greenhouse with rooms for summer residence. Further information on Karlsaue State Park can be found on the website of the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel (in German).
Today's region of northern Hesse forms, from a historical viewpoint, the core of the later Federal State of Hesse. Thanks to the rule of the Landgraves, northern Hesse has countless noteworthy sights. Castles, palaces, fascinating buildings from the middle ages, baroque and rococo, pioneering achievements which set standards throughout the world to this day and have produced innumerable museums and parks. Northern Hesse has all of this to offer.
You can find an overview of the large and small treasures of the region under the following link: Treasures of the region.
The documenta city of Kassel offers art, culture, relaxation and much more. You can find an overview of all the sights under the following link: Sights
Brothers Grimm in Kassel
Every child and every adult knows them – the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Alongside documenta and the Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park, the Brothers Grimm are one of the main attractions of Kassel.
The new GRIMMWELT on the vineyard in Kassel was opened in September, 2015. The new exhibition house analyzes all aspects of the life and work of the Brothers Grimm - the fairytales, the first German dictionary and grammar and also the political commitment of the two brothers. The content taught in many different ways: There are valuable originals, artistic installations and interactive exhibits. more info...
documenta city of Kassel
The most important exhibition of contemporary art in the world - documenta - has taken place in Kassel every 5 years since 1955. Current trends of contemporary art are presented there and space is provided for new exhibition concepts. You can find out everything worth knowing about documenta on the following pages:
Theatre and variety shows
Kassel has one of the richest traditions of theatre amongst the cities in Germany.
As early as 1603 to 1605, Landgrave Maurice built the Ottoneum as the first permanent theatre building in Germany. From 1765 to 1769, a new opera house came into being in Königsstrasse. Today's State Theatre in Kassel is a theatre for the three genres of operas/operettas, plays and ballets.
Theatre and variety shows in Kassel
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Festivals and events
Here, it is festival time all year round. more info...
Every year, Kultursommer Nordhessen invites visitors to music and theatre performances in fairy-tale half-timbered towns and idyllic buildings. The range of performances extends from theatre and jazz to classical music – in the most beautiful places in northern Hesse. Exciting guest performances, such as at the Baroque Festival in the castle in Bad Arolsen or the Bad Hersfeld Open Air Festival in the largest Romanesque church ruins in the world, also enrich the region's cultural programme.