Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

The Park Grounds

The Park Grounds

Since 1971, the University of Kassel has educated students in a beautiful pocket of northern Hesse. Although the city, home to 23,000 students, is definitely worth a visit, what really recommends the trip is the massive park that overlooks it: Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe.

Schloss Wilhelmshöhe

Schloss Wilhelmshöhe

The park, whose Baroque buildings have attracted visitors since the 1700s, is most famous for its waterworks. 300 year old hydro-pneumatic devices pump 92,000 gallons down the Grand Cascade that descends down the hill, overseen by the park's most famous resident - a giant statue of Hercules.

Hercules

Hercules

The grounds also contain a geyser-like fountain which feeds from the waters pumped from above, a palace in the Neoclassical style, a working aqueduct, and a Chinese pagoda. During World War Two, the park was damaged but has since been repaired and refurbished, and is now a protected UNESCO Heritage Site.

The Chinese Pagoda

The Chinese Pagoda