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Recurring/ Annual Events in Northern Hesse

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Cultural Summer in Northern Hesse

Here you can find an overview of events in the region throughout the year


  • Arolser Barockfestspiele (Arolsen Baroque Festival)

Since 1986 Bad Arolsen has hosted an annual classical music festival including concerts and modern interpretations. There are also events especially for children to complete the programme.
Venues are located near the palace and other public buildings such as the Bürgerhaus (community centre) or the Christian Daniel Rauch Museum.

Dates each year during the last week in May
Location different venues in Bad Arolsen


Arolser Barock-Festspiele
Gäste- und Gesundheitszentrum der Stadt Bad Arolsen
Rauchstr. 2
D – 34454 Bad Arolsen
Tel.: +49 5691 894417 (German/Dutch)


  • Bad Hersfelder Festspiele

Internationally famous open-air festival which attracts thousands of visitors every year with theatre and musical performances. The festival takes place in different venues around the Stiftsruine (ruins of Hersfeld abbey) and Schloss Eichhof (Eichhof palace). Tickets should be booked in advance. Prior to the festival there is a big celebration in the town centre.

Location Stiftsruine Bad Hersfeld


Bad Hersfelder Festspiele
Am Markt 1
D - 36251 Bad Hersfeld
Tel.: +49 6621 201-3 13
Fax: +49 6621 201-346 (German)

  • Kulturzelt Kassel (Kassel’s Tent for Cultural Events)

Scenically located at the river Fulda directly in the city centre, the Kulturzelt in Kassel has been a constant cultural highlight in the Northern Hessian summer for over 20 years. Every year a wide range of internationally-known artists present their performances. The music varies from jazz to pop, rock and international music as well as cabaret.

Location Auedamm, Kassel


Verein zur Förderung von
Kultur- und Kommunikationsprojekten gem. e.V.
Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 176a
D - 34119 Kassel (German)



  • Kultursommer Nordhessen (Cultural Summer in Northern Hesse)

The Kultursommer offers a wide range of performances within the region of Northern Hesse during two months each year. The events vary from classical music to jazz and dance. Plays and theatre for children are staged in the most beautiful venues all over the region.

Location Different venues all over Northern Hesse


Kultursommer Nordhessen
Heinrich-Schütz-Allee 33
D - 34131 Kassel
Tel: +49 561 988 393-99
Fax: +49 561 988 393-33 (German)

  • Pferdemarkt (Horse Market)

One of the most famous folk fairs in Northern Hesse takes place in the town of Fritzlar. Highlight of the Pferdemarkt is the cattle drive on Saturday into the riding arena. A big firework display brings the fair to an end.

Dates annually, second Thursday – Sunday in July

Location Fritzlar

  • Zissel

Biggest folk fair in Kassel with a boat procession on the river Fulda and float processions through the city centre. There is also a large fair on the Schwanenwiese with lots of different stalls and activities to attract visitors.

Dates each year from the end of July/beginning of August

Location Kassel


  • Opernfestspiele Bad Hersfeld

In addition to the Bad Hersfelder Festspiele the Stiftsruine (Hersfeld abbey) serves as venue for this opera festival.

Location Stiftsruine Bad Hersfeld


Arbeitskreis für Musik
Nachtigallenstraße 7
D - 36251 Bad Hersfeld
Tel.: +49 6621 506713
Fax: + 49 6621 64355



  • Museumsnacht in Kassel (Museum Night in Kassel)

Museums in Kassel stay open until midnight during one night each year. The event attracts thousands of people who come and enjoy an evening full of culture. A shuttle service operates between the different venues. To take a break visitors can enjoy the special atmosphere in the city while sitting in one of the many restaurants, cafés and bars along the way.

Date 4 September 2010

Location Kassel


Tel.: +49 561 787-4007 (German)

Additional Information

kassel tourist GmbH
Obere Königsstraße 15
D - 34117 Kassel
+49 561 7077-07
+49 561 7077-169


  • Lullusfest Bad Hersfeld

The Lullusfest is the oldest fair in Germany. There are many ways to enjoy the festive atmosphere and the huge Lullus bonfire which is lit on Mondays at the official opening of the fair.

Dates Monday – Sunday around the 16 October

Location Bad Hersfeld

More information (German)


  • Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas markets)

In November and December Christmas markets take place in numerous towns throughout the region.

Major Christmas markets of Northern Hesse welcome you this winter:

Fairy tale Christmas market in Kassel
Opening hours: 22.11.-23.12.2010 ; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily; closed on 25th and 26th of December;
Market stalls with local specialities are opened till 10 p.m.

kassel tourist GmbH
Obere Königsstraße 15
34117 Kassel
Tel. +49 (0) 561 707707
Fax +49 (0) 561 7077169

Christmas market in Rotenburg on Fulda
Opening hours: 03.12. - 19.12.2010; 2 p.m.-7:30 p.m. daily

Verkehrs- und Kulturamt
Weingasse 3
36199 Rotenburg a. d. Fulda
Tel. 0049 6623 5555
Fax 0049 6623 933153

Christmas market in Alsfeld
Opening hours: not available for 2010 yet

Tourist Center Alsfeld GmbH
Markt 12
36304 Alsfeld
Tel. 0049 6631 9110243
Fax 0049 6631 9110244


Christmas market in Hofgeismar
Opening hours: every weekend in Advent, Friday-Sunday:
Friday: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday: 12 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m.-6 p.m.


Stadt Hofgeismar
Herr Lass
Markt 1
34396 Hofgeismar
Tel. 0049 5671 999037

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