This post was originally published in 2012. The tips and techniques explained may be outdated.
If you are in the middle of Kassel and suddenly find yourself surrounded my grave stones, you aren’t necessarily in a cemetery. You might just as well be at the Museum for Sepulchral Culture. It is, after all, located not far from City Hall right in the inner city of Kassel, and opened its doors in 1992.
Its exhibits are one of a kind in Germany: the museum deals with embalming, cemeteries and mourning in society. And it quickly becomes clear that dealing with the end of life doesn’t have to be a grotesque affair. From the Middle Ages to today, you can learn a lot about how the German-speaking world dealt with graves, coffins and how they approached death as a society.
Henschelgarden at the Weinberg
That said, you do need to prepare yourself to view the various rites and customs exhibit, but a visit is really worth it.
The museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00am to 5:00pm (open until 8:00pm on Wednesdays).
By the way, those who have already made their way to the museum should look directly next door in the “Henschelgarten”. From this garden, you have a great view over the Weinberg and out over the southern part of the city.