Castles & Palaces

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe – a work of art starring Hercules

Palace Wilhelmshöhe, palace garden ©DZT (Florian Trykowski)

Covering around 560 hectares, the UNESCO World Heritage Site spans from Kassel's famous landmark (the Hercules monument), past the 350 metres of cascades and all the way to Wilhelmshöhe Palace.

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel is a baroque work of art and the genius result of the architectural, artistic and technical influences of its time. It was created back in 1696 when Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel decided to give his reputation a boost over the other ruling houses. In 1701, Italian architect Giovanni Francesco Guerniero expanded on the water features, before the Hercules sculpture became the crowning feature in 1717.

At the bottom of the 70-metre-tall Hercules monument, there is a spectacle to behold that is unmatched the world over. More than 750,000 litres of water rush down a total of 12 kilometres of water features, heading towards the Grand Fountain in the Wilhelmshöhe Palace Pond, where natural pressure pushes the water up 52 metres into the air. There are more fine artistic specimens to be found inside the palace. Thanks to its Old Masters gallery, graphic art collection and antique collection, this is another major attraction in Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe.

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