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Once every five years, the greats of the modern art world are invited to participate in dOCUMENTA, an international exhibition lasting 100 days in the German city of Kassel. The city lives and breathes the art, exploiting every nook, cranny, old warehouse, public park, train station, and museum to present over 100 works of sculpture, painting, photography, film, text, and audio, as well as performance- and installation-based pieces, to an audience of hundreds of thousands of art enthusiasts.
dOCUMENTA(13) is now well underway, set to wrap up its run on September 16th. If you’ll be in Germany within the next month and consider yourself a fan of modern art, you owe it to yourself to make it to Kassel for at least a day to see this year’s display.
Discounted train tickets to Kassel
Deutsche Bahn offers a special combination ticket (“Kultur-Ticket-Spezial”) for one-day cultural events: 39€ round-trip fare plus the entrance ticket price to dOCUMENTA, when purchased at a DB ticket office or travel agency. This fare is valid from any city within 300 km of Kassel, which, given its central location, includes nearly every major city in Germany, with the exception of Berlin and Munich.
This price offers huge savings over normal or last-minute round-trip fares, but do note that you must complete all your travel and museum-going on the same day.
This “Kultur-Ticket-Spezial” is available for many different exhibitions and events across Germany – check what’s showing at any given time on the DB website (German only).
Not to miss…
Some of my personal highlights from the show include:
General information: One-day entrance: 20€ (14€ students), Two-day entrance: 35€ (25€ students), runs daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m.