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World Heritage Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe with Hercules and Waterfeatures

Unesco World Heritage Site Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe with Hercules and Waterfeatures; © Stadt Kassel; various Fotos; Collage Ahrendts

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 23rd June 2013. The park located at the west of the city of Kassel is Europe’slargest hill park and has a total area of approx. 240 ha. Thepark was laid out from the end of the 18th century and is one of the major achievements of European landscape gardening.More than 500 diff erent types of tree can be found in this unique cultural monument. As well as the symbol of Kassel, the Hercules monument, and the Lion Castle (Löwenburg) and Wilhelmshöhe Palace (Schloss Wilhelmshöhe), there are a number of small structures and monuments to be discovered.


Sights and museums in Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

Ball Room; © Stadt Kassel; Foto: Elke Bremer

Ball Room (Ballhaus)

In addition to the palace, the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is also home to another treasure, the Ball House. The Ball House is at the moment redeveloply closed ...mehr
Hercules Monument; © Stadt Kassel

Hercules Monument (Herkules)

The octagonal substructure thrusts a steep pyramid crowned with an 8.20 meters high statue of Hercules into the sky. A staircase leads up to a visitor platform that offers a spectacular view of the entire Baroque park grounds and the City of Kassel. ...mehr
Lions Castle; © Stadt Kassel; Foto: E. Bremer

Lion´s Castle (Löwenburg)

The Lion's Castle has a picturesque location in the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe. From afar, it appears to visitors as a romantic knight’s castle from the Middle Ages. However, it was actually built between 1793 and 1801 ...mehr
Hercules and Cascades; © Stadt Kassel; Foto: Elke Bremer

Waterfeatures (Wasserspiele)

Every year from 1. May to 3. October on wednesdays, sundays and public holidays the Waterfeatures begin at the Hercules Monument. The illuminated water displays take place on the first Saturday of the month from June till September. ...mehr
Hercules Farnese; © mhk

Wilhelmshöhe Castle: Collection of Prints and Drawings (Graphische Sammlung)

The Collection of Prints and Drawings accommodates over 55,000 hand drawings, prints, placards and illustrated books from the Late Middle Ages to contemporary art ...mehr
Antique coin; © mhk

Wilhlemshöhe Castle: Collection of Antiquities (Antikensammlung)

The exhibition offers visitors a variety of paths through the ancient world shown in six distinct categories: Archeology, Sculpture, Myth, Greeks, Romans and Hercules ...mehr
Jacobs blessing; Rembrandt; © mkk

Wilhlemshöhe Castle: Old Masters Art Gallery (Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister)

The main part of this unique collection is devoted to Dutch and Flemish painters, including many world-famous pictures by Rembrandt ...mehr
Weissenstein Wing inside view; © mhk

Wilhemshöhe Castle: Weissenstein Wing (Schlossmuseum)

The Weissenstein Wing, the south wing of Palace Wilhelmshöhe, shows the landgrave’s living quarters and and representative rooms ...mehr


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