Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe

Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe, Kassel: Hours, Address, Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe Reviews: 4.5/5

Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Am 23. Juni 2013 hat die Kommission der UNESCO in Phnom Penh, Kambodscha, entschieden, den Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in die Liste des Kultur- und Naturerbes der Welt aufzunehmen. Die circa 560 Hektar große Welterbestätte ist der erste Bergpark weltweit, dem diese Ehre zuteil wird. Die UNESCO zeichnet die Anlage damit als herausragendes und einzigartiges Zeugnis europäischer Bau- und Gartenkunst aus. Die Anfänge der Gestaltung gehen auf die 1680er Jahre zurück. Der Park erstreckt sich vom monumentalen Herkulesbauwerk über die 350 Meter lange Kaskadenanlage hinunter zum Schloss Wilhelmshöhe und darüber hinaus. Die gartenkünstlerisch gestaltete Anlage gilt als eine der größten Europas und bildet ein einzigartiges Kulturdenkmal. Das Schloss Wilhelmshöhe im Park diente bis 1866 den Landgrafen und Kurfürsten von Hessen-Kassel, später den preußischen Königen und deutschen Kaisern als Sommerresidenz.
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Stefan G
Brussels, Belgium951 contributions
Aug 2020
What a wonderful park, full of things to do and see. The park is very hilly and it's going to take some effort to work your way to the top (unless, of course, you start at the top and work your way down). Many ponds, streams, forests, flower gardens, etc., throughout the park, with well maintained trails. I started out at the bottom of the park, having alighted from the tram after leaving the city center. There's a visitor center at the tram stop, which was helpful for getting oriented and looking at maps.

The park itself is free to explore, but I bought the combo ticket and visited a few of the attractions in the park. First stop was the Schloss (including the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister), which contains excellent paintings and artifacts inside. Next was the Löwenburg, a very cool castle built to look like a castle from the medieval days (though while I was there, it was in a state of renovation and so couldn't see much). Lastly, the giant Hercules statue at the top of the park. You can go inside and climb up to the top of the statue, which affords fantastic views of the park and the city of Kassel.

There is a water display that starts from the Hercules statue and works its way down several levels in the park, but unfortunately this was not in operation due to the circumstances (COVID). Otherwise, apparently the display occurs several times a day (check the website).

I did stop at the Herkules Terrassen cafe near the top of the park. Food was good, service was awful.

Overall, a must see while visiting Kassel. You can easily spend an entire day here, especially if you visit all the attractions within the park.
Written December 8, 2020
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Michael V
Soborg, Denmark340 contributions
Aug 2021
Lovely park with several extremely beautiful spots. Unfortunately we were a bit stressed by time, because we only had a few hours here and I dont think this is quite enough to explore the entire park.
Would recommend around half a day (4-5 hours) and walk the entire park.
Written October 5, 2021
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David B
Cambridge, UK62 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A beautiful country park with a large lake and waterfall. Visit was in February so it was almost deserted, can imagine it being packed in good weather. Beautiful building housing a gallery on 4 floors. There were other buildings and a cafe but everything was cliosed unfortunately. The climb to the Hercules monument is long and steep towards the end, beware.
Written February 18, 2020
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Simona
Bulgaria1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Friends
We catch a moment of restavration. There were no water shows but it was beautifull anyways. The place has so much magic and beauty. Must to see and take a walk there. You have to free all your day about it because its HUGE. We will come here again to visit the palace.
Written August 8, 2021
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Gary Arndt
Minneapolis, MN153 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
The main attraction is the waterworks which is only run on Wednesdays and Sundays. You are really missing out if you visit any other day.

They turn the water on at the top of the hill for about 15-20 minutes and it takes about 45 minutes for the water to work its way down the hill.

Crowds in the summer can be quite large during the water show.
Written September 18, 2018
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PecositaHermosa
Frankfurt, Germany116 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
From Frankfurt we made a day trip to Kassel Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe.
Since the "water plays" are only on Wednesday and Sundays and Public Holidays, we went on a Wednesday, because we wanted to see the "water plays".

Unfortunately, we were not the only ones...it was really crowded! And well, I do understand this (but it kind of "ruins" my pictures): right now there are a view little constructions sites...
(These two points are the reason why I only gave 4 instead of 5 stars).

The park is really easy to reach by public transportation.
We started our tour at "Herkules", at the top. From here you have a really amazing view of Kassel. We went down along the cascades and had a little something to eat and took a rest at the "Neptun fountain", before the "water plays" started. They start 14.30 at the top, just below the "Herkules" and have their highlight with the big fountain near the Palace (15.45).
We kind of went down with the water, so we could also see the other stops of the "water plays": Steinhöfer Wasserfall, Teufelsbrücke, Aquädukt.
It is really impressive!

Although the park (a big part of it) is accessible with the baby stroller, we decided to use a baby carrier, since we wanted to walk along the cascades (stairs); you can also take the dog with you (on a short leasdh and you have to clean after it).

I can really recommend a day trip to this park.
If you travel in a smaller group, you can use the so called Hessenticket. That's what we did; with this ticket you can use the public transportation in Frankfurt and Kassel (but check before you get the ticket, in case they changed the conditions of the ticket).
The park itself is free; but to go up to Herkules you pay a fee of right now 3,00 Euro.
Written August 1, 2013
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TassieTravellers99
Launceston, Australia3,072 contributions
The Bergpark is a stunning green space of rolling hills, forest, lakes and streams just on the western edge of Kassel. There are dozens of walking paths to take to a variety of man made sights. Nearest to the carpark is the massive Schloss Wilhelmshohe with art and displays inside. There is a nice view from here to the lake Schlossteich. We followed a winding path past several structures including Apollo Temple situated on a lake, a Roman Aqueduct and a small pyramid and grotto. We then climbed to Schloss Lowenburg. This stunning castle is modelled on Scottish design and carries a battered air about it. It has a good tour (no photos allowed and predominently German tour) through an armoury and various apartments with furniture and unique pieces. There was also a crypt with a sarcophagus design by Wilhelm for his death.
From here we climbed past another grotto and a model of Teufelsbrucke (Devils Bridge). As it was April some of the water displays were turned off giving the Steinhoffer Waterfall a rather pathetic trickle. From here we commenced the significant climb up to Herkules statue. It is around 500 steps to the base of the statue and from the carpark to here you rise 300 metres in elevation. Even at 7 degrees celcius we raised a sweat. There was good views to be had from here and more importantly a cafe for refuelling. Alas the statue itself was closed for remodelling. As we were leaving the great water cascade started up.
Overall it was an excellent location and pleasing to see such a well cared for green space near a large city.
Written October 29, 2008
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Marek U
Warsaw, Poland379 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
if you are lucky and there is a fog, this park converts itself to a place full of dark horses from Grimm tales ... then it is mysterious, it talks and observes you all the time ... looking for all the building is a tremendous adventure ... but what would you do, if you saw the shape of someone in a dense fog :-)
Written September 26, 2014
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crw22crw22
Boston, MA78 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Magnificent!!! The Bergpark Wilhelmshohe with water features is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage treasure. We did not plan well for our wonderful visit. I wish we had gone earlier, packed a picnic and planned to stay for the entire day. We went on Sunday so that we could see the waterfalls and water show. Beautiful. The Hercules statue and the water god...the castle ruins are all amazing.

The park was super crowded with visitors easily 800 or more people filled the parking lot, the walkways, the waterfalls, the wooded paths, the tours and flower garden. It was so busy it was difficult to photograph but this was our fault for going in the middle of the day. The bathrooms were a little dingy but this was no doubt the crowds. Plan to walk many steps to all the features. I was out of breath by the time I got to the top. The picturesque views are stunningly drop dead gorgeous! I am framing my photos.

Recommendation. Go early, wear sneakers, pack a lunch and bring a blanket to sit in the sun enjoying the full day. Go on day that has the water show, bring a camera, skip the museum tours but try to book a guided tour. There is no air conditioning inside the museum so bring plenty of water on a hot day. Buy a delicious ice cream on your way out!

Water features are on Sunday and Wednesdays only in summer at 2:30 check their website to be sure.

http://www.museum-kassel.de/index_navi.php?parent=1312
Written August 16, 2015
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unescotravelbug
Wooster, OH4,201 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
The Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is the only attraction for the reason to come to the Kassel city located northwest of Frankfurt in Hessen region. The city center was completed destroyed during the WW II. It had since been rebuilt and now a city of fashion designs and financial institutions. The Rathaus is where the inter-exchange of many city's public trams/buses lines. To get to the Park, take tram # 1 from Kassel Wilhelmshöhe train station or Rathaus, direction Wilhelmshöhe to the final stop Wilhelmshöhe. Tram #1 Runs very often, 2.70 euros each way, or buy a day ticket for 6.20 euros; if you choose to take the park bus to/from Hercules monument or go shopping in the city center after the park visit is included in the fare. You buy ticket from the tram's self-served ticket machine and validate it in the machine, English screen is available and be sure you have coins and small bills available for the tickets. Tram arrives at the old station(now the information center) on the bottom of the park. You can take bus #23 Bergpark bus across from outside of the information center to go up to the top of the park below the Hercules monument. Be aware that Bergpark bus doesn't run till after 11 am and runs only on Wed. and Sun. during the season from May 1st. to Oct. 3rd. . I followed the paved upward slope road from the old station to reach the Palace, about 20 min. by foot. Here is the starting point of your park visit. The surrounding area of the Palace gives you good distance views of the ghetto, Hercules monument, and 250 meters long of cascaded fountains on the center of the park. There is a museum inside of the Palace and also gallery too, but I didn't see many visitors there. The cascading waterfalls show only runs on Wed., and Sunday of the week at 2:30 and starts from the base pool below the Hercules monument. There were many organized tour groups arrived just before the show and crowded both sides of stone staircase along the cascading fountains, waiting to see the spectacular water shows. After the 2:30 main waterfall show there are 3 other small falls shows scheduled down the hill; each show station begins at 30 min. apart from each other. And the crowd of visitors moved along to where the show began. The center cascade waterfall attracts the biggest crowd. I was there on Wed., imaging how much bigger the crowd it would be on the Sundays. There are 600 plus stone steps going up by foot, toward the top of a small pool to watch the spectacular waterfall show starting at 2:30 pm. First, a jet of stream comes out from the bottom of the rock then followed by the wide waterfalls cascading down. Water continues rushing down till it dumps into the largest pool. The green area of park visit is free but entry to the octagonal plateau on the base of the Hercules monument takes 3 euros and more steps going up. The view platform on the bottom of the Hercules monument gives you close-up views of the statue, views of cascaded fountains, the surrounding green park, the Palace, the Lion Castle and the Kassel city. Be patient to wait for your turn; there will be many people crowded around the view points of the octagonal platform facing the park. By then if you are still physically fit you can take up 100 plus more steps ; go straight up on a staircase inside of the 8.2 meters height pyramid base right below the statue Hercules and view through the glass windows. You should prepare spending at least 5 hours if you are physically fit to hike up by foot; and it suggests you do so to enjoy the entire nature setting. Park also provides car/buses access to the top for those who can’t manage the hiking trips. This park is the largest mountain park in Europe and was inscribed as UNESCO world heritage site due to its genius engineering designs of the waterfalls and the artistic layout of the Baroque gardens, ponds and sculptures. A day trip by ICE train from Frankfurt is doable, takes about 1 hour 30 min. Make sure you arrive at the Kassel Wilhelmshöhe Station, not the Kassel Hbf. Here is the park website http://www.museum-kassel.de/en/index_navi.php?parent=9517
Written November 15, 2014
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