Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel - Germany

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel – Germany

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe Kassel Germany
Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe Kassel Germany

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe covers nearly 600 acres and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. It is located in the sunny and spacious Habichtswald hills, west of the city center of Kassel, Germany. Tourists often take the Hannover-Würzburg S-Bahn train to reach the park.

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Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe Kassel Germany

The train stop for the park is Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe station. A short hike awaits visitors, as well as a short climb to the top of the hill, where the tower topped with the statue of Hercules rises. The planned water show is well worth the effort, while the two baroque castles make the visitor feel like a king. The park is located in Kassel, which is about two hours from Frankfurt.

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Kassel Germany, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe History and Construction

The original building on this site was a monastery built in 1143. In 1606, Maurice of Hesse turned it into a hunting lodge. In 1701, Charles I of Hesse-Kassel commissioned the Italian architect Giovanni Guerniero to begin construction of the Tower of Hercules and a giant waterfall. In 1785, Wilhelm IX added Wilhelmshöhe Castle, a castle that used to be a monastery.

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Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe Kassel Germany

Baroque gardens were also redesigned into English gardens. Later, the German architect Heinrich Christoph Yussoff was commissioned to build a Roman aqueduct, Lion’s Castle, a water garden, a devil’s bridge, a hell pond and a pond with a fountain. Then a waterfall was built in the water garden in 1793. Yussov was responsible for the central theme of the park in its current form. (more…)