So it goes at the Elwe Knast-Hotel, a circa-1875 penal institution that’s functioning this summer as an edgy destination spot. Graffiti writers have transformed the jail into a unique art installation as part of the dOCUMENTA (13) festival in Kassel, a city of about 195,000 souls plopped in Germany’s midriff. This arts bash has been going on since 1955 – one 1977 participant made Kassel the first city in the world to be lit up by lasers – but this trendy jail is a new feature that’s sure to delight culture lovers and guard/inmate role players alike[…]
Just like a regular jail, there are a few rules here. No subletting cells. Check out is at 11. Making pruno is prohibited; the warden would rather you drank at the resident Biergarten. Follow these simple guidelines, and you’re free to stay locked up until September, when this curious adventure in tourism ends.