Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

The Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe stretches for more than 600 acres close to the city of Kassel, in the heart of Germany. The sculptured gardens are inspired by classic English gardens of the past and were first created by Landgrave Carl in the 17th century. They were later expanded on by Landgrave Wilhelm IX and were created to show the full prowess of the Landgraves of Hesse.

The park is well known for its fantastic water features, including a cascade fountain that descends from the famous Hercules statue at the highest point of the land. The water follows its course for a distance of 350m without the use of pumps. Incidentally, the likeness of Hercules was chosen by the Landgrave to portray his own strength, courage and resourcefulness.

As well as a number of other Baroque water features, which UNESCO pinpointed as the major reason why World Heritage Status was granted in 2013, landmarks within the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe include the Wilhelmshöhe Palace and the mock-medieval castle of Löwenburg.

Images courtesy of Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel

Additional Information
Visitor Information

The Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is open every day of the year and is free, but its various attractions have the following opening times and costs:

Visitor Centre Wilhelmshöhe

1st May to 3rd October: daily 10 am - 5 pm
4th October to 30th April: Sat, Sun and public holidays 10 am–4 pm

Hercules Monument and Octagon (platform and Pyramid)

15th March – 15th November: Tues–Sun and public holidays 10 am–5 pm
1st May – 3rd October: daily 10 am–5 pm

Subject to weather-related changes

Closed during winter months

Adults €3
Reduced rate €2
Children and people under 18 free admission

Visitor Centre Hercules

Open all year: Tue–Sun and public holidays 10 am–5 pm
1st May – 3rd October: daily 10 am–5 pm

Wilhelmshöhe Palace

Tue–Sun and public holidays 10 am–5 pm
Wed until 8 pm

Adults €6
Reduced rate €4
Children and people under 18 free admission

Löwenburg Castle

1st March – 15th November: Tue–Sun and public holidays 10 am–5 pm (last tour at 4 pm)
16th November – 28th February: Fri–Sun and public holidays 10 am–4 pm (last tour at 3 pm)

Admission to Löwenburg Castle is by guided tour only (offered hourly).

Adults €4
Reduced €3
Children and people under 18 free admission

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