In foreign soil

Niederzwehren cemetery, Kassel

The horrors of World War I seem far away and are overshadowed by the successor of this war. Between 1914 and 1918 around 17 million people lost their lifes. Even if this feels far away in time sometimes it’s pretty close in space: at the city quarter Niederzwehren of Kassel, Germany you can find two large cemeteries for soldiers of World War I – one for the British, one for the Russians. It is quite far away from civilization but you might spot it from the motorways A44 and A49.

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Technik-Museum

Technik-Museum, Kassel

Kassel, Germany was always a birthplace for new technologies – especially when they could be used to increase mobility. The biggest name for sure is Henschel, a company that built locomotives, lorries, busses, but also tanks, planes and rockets. They were also involved in building the Transrapid magnetic monorail. Another company was Wegmann, producing railway waggons. Still today Bombardier is producing locomotives at Kassel. A good reason for a technology museum with a focus on mobility.

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Künstler-Nekropole

Künstler-Nekropole, Kassel

Close to the city quarter Harleshausen of Kassel, Germany you can find an artificial lake in an old quarry: the Blauer See (‘blue lake’). It is a nice lake in a wavy forest, but it is especially interesting as the area surrounding it is a special cemetery – for artists whose works are shown at the documenta art exhibition. A round course leads you to the graves and future graves of the artists. The graves are designed and created while the owners are still living. Everybody participating in this collective artwork agrees on being buried there later.

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Elfbuchen

Elfbuchen, Kassel

When you’re at the upper end of the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe at Kassel, Germany you might see a sign directing you to Elfbuchen – a popular destination for excursions. The Elfbuchen (‘eleven beeches‘) is a 535 meters high mountain spur which forms the border between the city quarters Bad Wilhelmshöhe and Harleshausen. On top you will find a hotel, restaurant and beer garden – the Waldhotel Elfbuchen – and an ancient tower that is unfortunately closed due to necessary repair works.

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Hohes Gras

Hohes Gras, Kassel

The Hohes Gras (‘high grass‘) is a mountain near Kassel, Germany with a height of 614 meters. On top you can find a restaurant with a beer garden – the Waldgaststätte Hohes Gras – and a 30 meters high tower from the year 1888. You can climb up the stairs but most often the trees surrounding the tower don’t allow good views. In summer many people get here because it is a good starting point for hiking.

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Stadthallengarten

Stadthallengarten, Kassel

The Stadthallengarten is a nice public park in the city quarter Vorderer Westen of Kassel, Germany. You can sit down, enjoy plants and trees or do some sports. The park was created in 1905 on the grounds of the former Gärtnerei Flora – by request of Jewish industrial Sigmund Aschrott. In 1913 he gifted the by then called Florapark to the city under the obligation to build a festival hall there. The result is today known as Stadthalle or Kongresspalais Kassel.

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Idee di Pietra

Idee di Pietra, Karlsaue, Kassel

The artwork ‘Idee di Pietra‘ by Giuseppe Penone (also called ‘Penone tree‘) is one of the most beloved works shown during the documenta 13 in 2012. It is located in the Karlsaue at Kassel, Germany and was bought after the exhibition using donations by the citizens. It is a bronze replica of a hazelnut tree with a giant foundling consisting of granite on top. An artwork that always catches the attention of pedestrians.

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Astronomisch-physikalisches Kabinett

Orangerie, Kassel

The Astronomisch-physikalisches Kabinett (‘APK‘) as a museum about astronomy and physics within the Orangerie at Kassel, Germany. It is part of the Museumslandschaft Hessen-Kassel (‘MHK‘) and shows the collection of scientific instruments collected by the landgraves of Hesse-Kassel. They started creating this collection in the 16th century CE but it was also extended afterwards. Latest items are computer systems like those from Konrad Zuse, some where obviously in use by municipality of Kassel.

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Planting trees

Arkansas Black Apple tree, Karlsaue, Kassel

There aren’t many documenta artworks left at the Karlsaue in Kassel, Germany. You can find the Spitzhacke by Claes Oldenburg (documenta 7, 1982) and the Idee di Pietra by Giuseppe Penone (documenta 13, 2012). And then there is a special tree – the Arkansas Black Apple by Jimmie Durham (documenta 13, 2012). The fruits are nearly black and the tree reminds the artist of his childhood. It is a very simple but yet highly complex artwork – if you want to see it as one.

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