Kassel is a charming city and cultural center located in the north of the state of Hessen in Germany.
The city is home to numerous palaces, attractive green spaces, and world-famous scenic parks. It is also known as the capital of the German Fairytale Route.
How to spend 1 day in Kassel Germany
In this 1-day itinerary in Kassel, discover the main attractions of the city.
Day 1 in Kassel
Start your day visiting Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, in the park, you will find the Hercules Monument, one of the symbols of the city, the Castle Löwenburg, and the Schloss Wilhelmshöhe, a neoclassical style palace that houses a collection of Dutch, Italian, and Spanish paintings.
Head to the Grimmwelt, a museum that houses original copies of the Brothers Grimm’s short stories, scholarly works, and lyrics.
The Neue Galerie is another attraction located 400 meters (0.3 miles) from the Grimmwelt, which houses collections of contemporary paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.
In Karlsaue Park located 650 meters (0.4 miles) from the Neue Galerie is the Orangerieschloss Karlsaue, which houses the Museum of Astronomy and Technology. Other nearby attractions include the Naturkundemuseum, a museum that features exhibits related to natural history, the Fridericianum, a museum used primarily for temporary art exhibitions.
The Martinskirche a church located on Martinsplatz is another point of interest.
Things to see
- Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
- Hercules Monument
- Schloss Wilhelmshöhe
- Neue Galerie
- Staatspark Karlsaue
- Orangerieschloss Karlsaue
Day 1 Itinerary Map
Sights in Kassel
The Karlsaue Park is located on the banks of the Fulda river and has an area of 400 hectares.
The Orangerie is located in the park. It was built in 1710 and today houses the Museum of Astronomy and Physics.
2. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
The Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is one of the must-see attractions in Kassel. Its construction began in 1696 and took 150 years for its completion.
The highest point of the park is the Karlsberg mountain with 526 meters high. On top is the breathtaking Monument of Hercules.
The Löwenburg Castle is one of the most important examples of neo-Gothic architecture. It houses valuable furniture from the medieval period, from the beginning of the modern and romantic period.
Bergpark Wilhelmshohe, 34131
3. Wilhelmshöhe Palace
The Wilhelmshöhe Palace is a neoclassical palace built in the late 18th century. It was used by Emperor Wilhelm II as a summer residence and retreat.
Its sumptuously decorated interior is home to the Schloss Wilhelmshöhe Museum.
From the palace, it is possible to have a magnificent view of the Hercules Monument, a symbol of Kassel.
Wilhelmshohe Palace1 34131
4. Schloss Wilhelmsthal
The Wilhelmsthal Palace was built by François de Cuvilliés between 1753-1767 as the summer residence of the electors.
It is one of the most charming palaces with Rococo style in Germany.
Schloss Wilhelmsthal, 34379 Calden, Germany
5. Fridericianum Museum
On the northeast side of Friedrichsplatz is the neoclassical building completed in 1779. It is one of the oldest museums in Europe.
The museum is mainly used for temporary art exhibitions.
Friedrichspl. 18, 34117
The Naturkundemuseum has exhibits related to the natural history of the Paleozoic Period to the present day.
Steinweg 2, 34117
Where to stay in Kassel
1. Best Western Plus Hotel Kassel City
©Best Western Plus Kassel
The Best Western Plus Hotel Kassel City is located near the Königsplatz.
Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, work desk.
Spohrstraße 4, 34117
2. Golden Tulip Kassel
©Golden Tulip Kassel
The Golden Tulip Kassel is located in the heart of the city.
Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, work desk, coffee maker.
Werner-Hilpert-Straße 24, 34117
3. Schlosshotel Kassel
Schlosshotel Kassel is an elegant hotel located in Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe.
All rooms have a TV, work desk and minibar. Most rooms include a balcony.
The hotel has two indoor pools and an outdoor pool.
Schlosspark 8, 34131 Kassel, Germany
4. Renthof Kassel
Renthof Kassel is a charming hotel located near the banks of the Fulda River.
The rooms are elegant and have a small seating area and a flat-screen TV.
The hotel has a restaurant and a bar.
Renthof 3, 34117 Kassel, Germany
Shopping in Kassel
1. Galeria Kaufhof Kassel
Galeria Kaufhof is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.
The company features brands like Esprit, S. Oliver, Tom Taylor, Gerry Weber, Tommy Hilfiger, Bugatti, Olymp.
Obere Königsstraße 31, 34117
2. Königs-Galerie Kassel
The Königs-Galerie is located on Obere Königsstrasse.
Brands: Lacoste, Marc O´Polo, Escada, Swarovski.
Obere Königsstraße 39, 34117
3. City Point Kassel
The City Point Kassel is located on Königsplatz.
Brands: Calvin Klein, Vero Moda, Saturn.
Königspl. 61, 34117
Plan your Trip
Kassel has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Frankfurt, Hannover, Dortmund.
Frankfurt – 196 km (119 miles)
Hannover – 171 km (106 miles)
Dortmund – 161 km (100 miles)
Stuttgart – 357 km (222 miles)
Mainz – 232 km (144 miles)
Wiesbaden – 219 km (136 miles)
Darmstadt – 235 km (146 miles)
Baden-Baden – 360 km (224 miles)
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