The University of Kassel central campus is located at Holländischer Platz on the edge of downtown Kassel. The International Studies Centre, the IT Service Centre, and University of Kassel administration are also located here. The library building is the heart of the campus. As a state library, the University of Kassel library is public and open to everyone in the region.
Kassel is famous for its unique spacious landscapes, especially the riverside meadows known as the Karlsaue and the Fuldaaue, and of course the spectacular Wilhelmshöhe – this is Europe´s largest hillside park and includes a castle, famous art collections and the Hercules statue, the city´s most famous and visible landmark. The Wilhelmshöhe area is scheduled to be declared a World Cultural Heritage site. It is also very significant to note that two-thirds of the overall Kassel area is green.
Kassel was the residence and workplace of the renowned Brothers Grimm; the library at which they once worked as librarians now belongs to the university library system. The famous brothers also founded modern German studies through their scientific work, and compiled major parts of their world-famous fairytale collection here in the city of Kassel.
Every year the University of Kassel appoints an outstanding writer and German philologist to a Brothers Grimm professorship. Kassel has an international reputation as a city of art, with works ranging from antiquity to the modern period. Kassel is host to excellent museums and galleries, a School of Art and Design, and of course the “documenta” contemporary art exhibition that takes place here every five years.