Altes Rathaus

Fairy-Tale Road

Built in 1270, the Old Town Hall once housed the merchants’ guild. Inside, later decorations added to its Great Hall include frescos of the coats of arms of the Hanseatic cities and local bigwigs, grafted onto historic scenes. It's particularly lovely at dusk, and during special events and exhibitions (which may alter its opening hours).

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1. Gänseliesel

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2. Städtisches Museum

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3. Bismarckturm

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4. Göttinger Wald


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5. Deutsches Hugenotten Museum

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Over three floors of a former tobacco warehouse, this interesting museum traces the history of the French Hugeunot refugees in Germany. The exhibits…

6. Fridericianum

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7. Documenta Halle

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Built expressly to augment the Museum Fridericianum as the primary exhibition space for Kassel's quinquennial art extravaganza Documenta, the Halle hosts…

8. Schloss Wilhelmsthal

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