Kassel

January 13, 2023

The Hercules monument Kassel

The city of Kassel is located in the central part of Germany in the state of Hessen. Kassel straddles the Fulda, a tributary of river Weser. Kassel is a multicultural hub with a huge migrant population. The city has a total population of 200,000 people, and over a third has a migrant background. 

Kassel, formally known as Cassel, has an ancient history. The first recording of the city was in the year 913 AD as the location of document signing for King Conrad I. Initially, Kassel was a center for Calvinist Protestantism, and the city was walled to protect it from its Catholic enemies. Additionally, Kassel proudly boasts itself to be the home to the Brothers Grimm, who wrote most of their infamous fairy tales while living in the city. 

Currently, Kassel is home to several industry giants like Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen, and the city has a significant student population.

Fun Facts

  • Kassel is a German city in northern Hesse. It is the largest city in the Northern part of the state, with the river Fulda running through the middle. 
  • The name Kassel was spelled Cassel until 1926.
  • As of December 2020, the city was home to about 201,048 inhabitants.
  • Kassel has a total of 107 km2 and is located 167 m above sea level.
  • The Bergpark Wilhelmshohe is a city park formally recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • The city’s current mayor, Christian Geselle, was elected into office in 2017.
  • Several multinational companies have opened shops in Kassel, including Wintershall, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, and SMA. These companies play a crucial role in keeping the city’s economic growth on an upward trajectory.
  • Most buildings in Kassel were destroyed during the bombing raids of 1943. However, the city was able to recover and rebuild most structures in close semblance to the original historic buildings. Today, tourists can view the Martinskirche, which was rebuilt in the 1950s.
  • The Druseltum and Bruderkirche are also historical relics from the early settlement years.
  • Kassel is also home to numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art.

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