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Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

Blick vom Schloss Wilhelmshöhe Richtung Herkules_Foto Paavo Blofield.jpg

Wilhelmshöhe Mountain Park (Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe) is one of the main attractions of the city. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is home to a diverse cultural offering, including Wilhelmshöhe Palace, which houses the famous Old Masters portrait gallery featuring important works by Rembrandt, the Collection of Antiques and the Weißenstein Wing. In addition to the palace, the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is also home to another treasure, the Ball House. Though the building's outward appearance is quite plain, the interior is all more impressive with its spacious, splendidly arranged ballroom and crystal chandeliers. The Large Greenhouse, built in 1822, is one of the first glass and steel constructions in Europe. Amongst other things, it is home to a collection of camellias that is well worth seeing, as well as palms and other tropical plants. The Lion Castle (Löwenburg) enjoys a picturesque location and invites you to wile away your time in the largest mountain park in Europe. The 246 hectare Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe with its historical water features is an outstanding example of European garden design and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013. Visiting the park gives you the opportunity to experience the various landscape design concepts as a representation of absolutist mastery over a period of 300 years. The monumental baroque park architecture with the Octagon, the eight-metre-tall Hercules statue – the symbol of Kassel – as well as Cascades and water theatre all massively shape the appearance of the park. The large water feature, which was created under Landgrave Carl (ruled 1677–1730) was an exceptional feat of architecture and engineering of its time and has been preserved in its original functionality to this day. The Grand Fountain in the pond above Wilhelmshöhe Palace is the crowning finale of the water features.


Blumeninsel Siebenbergen Karlsaue_Foto Angelica Jacob.JPG

The baroque park Karlsaue with water flowing into a large basin and symmetrically ramified channels constructed around 1700 is a highlight in Kassel and situated next to the Orangery Palace. The park was restyled to create a landscape garden at the close of the 18th century. Insel Siebenbergen (Siebenbergen Isle) is situated at the southern end of the park, and is often called “the isle of flowers" because of its magnificent flower displays in spring and summer. A colorful picturesque kind of beauty and botanical diversity are carefully cultivated both in the park as well as on Insel Siebenbergen.

(Source: Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel)



The Schloss Wilhelmsthal (Palace Wilhelmsthal) is considered one of the most beautiful Rococo palaces in Germany. Wilhelm VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (r. 1751 –1760), had this pleasure palace or “Lustschloss” built with three wings between 1747 and 1761. The palace’s almost completely intact, historical interior design makes this architectural monument especially fascinating. The very picturesque landscape park also attracts visitors to linger and enjoy the surroundings. The palace interior can only be viewed in conjunction with guided tours.

(Source: Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel)