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Ins Riesenkopfbecken stürzendes Wasser löst die erste Fontäne ausWasserüberflossener Kaskadenarm am RiesenkopfbeckenDer Fontänenspeiende Riesenkopf flankiert von hornblasendem Triton und KentaurDie neun Meter breite, dreigeteilte WassertreppeBarocke Kaskadenanlage am Fuße des Herkules

Water features in the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

The large Waterfeatures in the Bergpark, which were created under Landgrave Carl (reign 1677–1730) embodied a great feat of architecture and engineering of their time and represent a milestone in the history of art and gardening. The Baroque grounds including the Octagon, water theatre and cascades can be perceived as an ideal image of intentional artificiality and tangible virtuosity with their symmetrical and axial design. In accordance with the rules of formal garden design, the water is poured into geometric shapes and then continually changes form as a fluid substance as it travels through fountains, basins and steps.

The appearance of English landscape pursued in the Bergpark later on (at the end of the 18th/beginning of the 19th century) required water in its natural form and integrated it in the landscape park designed according to the model of the natural world.
Landgrave Wilhelm IX, later Prince Elector Wilhelm I, had numerous waterfalls, ponds, creeks, rapids, a lake and an aqueduct with a tumultuous waterfall designed around the entire park. However, the Baroque grounds were not, as was the case with many originally Baroque gardens and parks, relandscaped or even destroyed.

Today, visitors of the Park and Waterfeatures can follow the water from one station to the next on its downward journey through the Bergpark on Sundays, Wednesdays and public holidays. The Waterfeatures culminate in the Grand Fountain in the pond overlooking Palace Wilhelmshöhe. As a result, visitors are able to enjoy the experience of this unique park and leisure time attraction in a natural setting.

Steinhöfer-Wasserfall, 1793Teufelsbrücke, 1826Der Aquädukt, 1788-92: Das Wasser stürzt 34 m in die TiefeScheinbar natürlich über Steine gelenktes Wasser unterhalb des AquäduktsDie abschließende Große Fontäne, Mitte 18. Jahrhundert


Every year from 1 May to 3 October
The Waterfeatures begin at the Hercules Monument:
Wednesdays, Sundays, public holidays at 2:30 p.m.
Admission is free
The stations culminate in the famous fountain across from Palace Wilhelmshöhe:
2:30 p.m. the water begins its descent from the Octagon/Hercules Monument
3:05 p.m. Steinhöfer Waterfall
3:20 p.m. Teufelsbrücke (Devil's Bridge)
3:30 p.m. Aqueduct
3:45 p.m. Grand Fountain

Waterfeatures tours (Kassel Marketing):
At 2:00 p.m. on applicable days, meeting point at the entrance of the Hercules Monument.

Illuminated waterfeatures by night
Illuminated waterfeatures are held every year from June to September on the first Saturday of the month.



Visit our photo gallery for more impressions of the Waterfeatures.

You can book tours of the mountain park >>here.


Accessing the park:

Though it is recommended you access the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe by foot. There is of course also the possibility of reaching it with public transport. Take the line 3 to the final stop "Druseltal", change to the bus line 22 and take it to the Hercules.

You can find schedules and other information from the Kasseler Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (KVG) >> here


Further information

Phone: +49 (561) 31680-123


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