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Lions castle at night; © Stadt Kassel, Foto: digitalfoto-welt.de

Lion's Castle (Löwenburg)

Lions Castle; © Stadt Kassel; Foto: Elke Bremer

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. Conceived as a pseudomedieval 'ancestral castle' by its commissioner, Landgrave Wilhelm IX of Hesse-Cassel, later Prince Elector Wilhelm I, Heinrich Christoph Jussow, the court’s master architect, realised the bold plans. The Lion's Castle served not as a fortress, but as a leisure palace.

Knight in suit of armor; © mhk

As a result, its interior features stately living quarters, arranged with a rich assortment of historic furniture, paintings, tapestries, glass, bronze, a grand arms collection and medieval stained glass windows, which are indicative of the builder’s great passion for collecting.

The appeal of the Lion's Castle is also attributed to its picturesque location in the park as well as the interaction between the 'medieval' castle architecture and the suite of rooms typical of a 'Baroque' palace. As a result, the Lion's Castle is a park decoration, leisure palace and mausoleum at the same time (Prince Elector Wilhelm I is entombed in the castle chapel) and represents a synthesis of the arts that is only one-of-a-kind in the world.

Opening hours from 01. March to 15. November

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10 am - 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 5 pm
Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Last tour March to November at 4 pm.

Opening hours from 16. November to 28. February

Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: closed
Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
Closed on 24./25./31. December, last tour November to February at 3 pm.

Entrance fee (including tour in german language)

Adults: 2,00 €
Reduced: 1,00 €
Free entrance: Children up to 18 years of age
Group ticket (from 10 people on): from 10 people on 25% reduced on entrance fee without guided tour
Due to renovations some sections remain closed. Reduced entrance fees apply during this time.


Institution: Lion´s Castle
Phone: +49 561 31680-244
Fax: +49 561 31680-222
E-Mail: info@museum-kassel.de
Address: Schlosspark 9
34131 Kassel
Public transport: Timetable
City map: Location in city map
Internet: www.museum-kassel.de

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