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Kassel was a bit of a surprise – we’d never heard of it, but it’s a major city with a lot of history. Aside from the edges of the town it was almost completely destroyed in WWII and rebuilt in ho-hum 1950s style. I wouldn’t make a huge effort to go to Kassel, but that said we liked it and want to go back to see the Grimm Museum.

Of interest:

  • **Bergpark Wilhelmshohe: https://museum-kassel.de/en/world-heritage/visitor-information. Huge and pretty epic, large grounds, a castle that has interesting history, and seriously large water features. “The great size of the park and its waterworks along with the towering Hercules statue constitute an expression of the ideals of absolutist Monarchy.” We walked around 8 miles to see the major highlights. Currently under construction, should wrap by early 2019. 
  • The Grimm Museum (Grimmwelt): we didn’t know about this and didn’t have time to go inside, but it’s a stunning building.

Hotel: 

  • **Best Western Hotel Kurfurst Wilheim I: completely unremarkable, fine and conveniently located.

Food:

  • ***Humboldt1a, www.humboldt1a.de: seriously excellent meal, lovely service and setting, in the historic museum district.

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