It wasn’t the best of timing since we had just moved into our apartment, but we went to Kassel, Germany, last weekend and we are glad that we took the time. It was an hour and a half train ride from Frankfurt, so it was easy enough for us to do in a single day, albeit a long day. The highlight of the trip was certainly Bergpark and all of the sights there were to see there. Lowenburg Castle was the highlight of the park, but there were plenty of sights to see such as Hercules Statue and Schloss Wilhelmshohe. As usual, the weather was a little glum, but it wasn’t too cold, so we were able to make the most of the day.
Autumn is definitely making itself known as the trees are turning beautiful oranges and reds, which is different than the vibrant golds that we are used to in Colorado. One of the things that we hoped to see many of during our time in Germany was castles, and we were not disappointed with those in Kassel. We decided not to do the tour of Schloss Wilhelmshohe since we were told that they were only in German and that they were not very interesting. Perhaps we will give it a try if we make it back there, but time was also an issue since we only had six hours in Kassel.
We also visited the Brother’s’ Grimm Museum because Kassel was their former home and is also the start of Fairy Tale Road, which we hope to visit other parts of during the upcoming months. The museum focuses on the brothers’ influence in documenting the Germanic language and, to this day, their dictionary is the most complete to have ever been created. For those who aren’t aware, the brothers did not write the stories, but instead collected them from travelers and the female owner at a local restaurant and stopping place for people traveling through the region. With the cloudy skies and dense forests, it is easy to see why people’s imagination could drift to such gloomy thoughts.
It has been another long week, so hopefully we will be posting more frequently once again this week. We are definitely still adjusting to life in a new country and have more to share about our adjustments in the upcoming days. Overall, things are good and we are planning more trips in the upcoming days. We finally made it to the local grocery store, so it will be nice to have some home cooked meals for a change, not that we haven’t enjoyed all of the wonderful food that we have had.