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Waterfeatures in Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

Herkules Monument and Waterfeatures; © Stadt Kassel; Foto: Elke Bremer

No admission to Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe and Waterfeatures

The large Waterfeatures in the Bergpark, which were created under Landgrave Carl (reign 1677–1730) embodied a great feat of architecture and engineering of their time and represent a milestone in the history of art and gardening.

The Baroque grounds including the Octagon, water theatre and cascades can be perceived as an ideal image of intentional artificiality and tangible virtuosity with their symmetrical and axial design. In accordance with the rules of formal garden design, the water is poured into geometric shapes and then continually changes form as a fluid substance as it travels through fountains, basins and steps.

 Aqueduct; © mhk

The appearance of English landscape pursued in the Bergpark later on (at the end of the 18th/beginning of the 19th century) required water in its natural form and integrated it in the landscape park designed according to the model of the natural world.

Landgrave Wilhelm IX, later Prince Elector Wilhelm I, had numerous waterfalls, ponds, creeks, rapids, a lake and an aqueduct with a tumultuous waterfall designed around the entire park. However, the Baroque grounds were not, as was the case with many originally Baroque gardens and parks, relandscaped or even destroyed.

Today, visitors of the Park and Waterfeatures can follow the water from one station to the next on its downward journey through the Bergpark on Sundays, Wednesdays and public holidays. The Waterfeatures culminate in the Grand Fountain in the pond overlooking Palace Wilhelmshöhe. As a result, visitors are able to enjoy the experience of this unique park and leisure time attraction in a natural setting.

Grand Fountain; © Stadt Kassel; Foto: Michael Schwab

Every year from 1. May to 3. October
on wednesdays, sundays and public holidays

The Waterfeatures begin at the Hercules Monument run through
various stations and culminate in the famous fountain across from Wilhelmshöhe Palace

  • 2:30 pm - Start at the Hercules Monument
  • 3:05 pm - Steinhöfer Waterfall
  • 3:20 pm - Devils Bridge (Teufelsbrücke)
  • 3:30 pm - Aqueduct (Aquädukt)
  • 3:45 pm - Grand Fountain (Große Fontäne)

Please note
Due to heavy water loss, the baroque water architecture of the cascades is currently undergoing extensive restoration work. Construction work will therefore be in progress at the cascades up until and including the water features season 2018.

Aqueduct; © Stadt Kassel; Foto: Sandra Kessler

Illuminated Waterfeatures

The illuminated water displays take place on the first Saturday of the month  from June till September, and this summer also on 31. May 2014, the eve of World Heritage Day. Thus, this year there are, once again, plenty of excellent opportunities for visitors to admire the unique and fascinating spectacle of the baroque waterfeatures.

Dates of illuminated waterfeatures 2019

  • 01.06.2019 at 21.45
  • 06.07.2019 at 21.45
  • 03.08.2019 at 21.15
  • 07.09.2019 at 20.45

Please note:
The Steinhöfer waterfall is not part of the illuminated waterfeatures and the extensive paths are not completely illuminated. Consequently torches and sturdy shoes are urgently recommended for walking with the course of the water.

Video Waterfeatures (Water Works) and Waterfeatures by night

Veröffentlicht am:   11. 09. 2018  


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