The Lion's Castle has a picturesque location in the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe. From afar, it appears to visitors as a romantic knight’s castle from the Middle Ages. However, it was actually built between 1793 and 1801. Conceived as a pseudomedieval 'ancestral castle' by its commissioner, Landgrave Wilhelm IX of Hesse-Cassel, later Prince Elector Wilhelm I, Heinrich Christoph Jussow, the court’s master architect, realised the bold plans. The Lion's Castle served not as a fortress, but as a leisure palace. As a result, its interior features stately living quarters, arranged with a rich assortment of historic furniture, paintings, tapestries, glass, bronze, a grand arms collection and medieval stained glass windows, which are indicative of the builder’s great passion for collecting.
The appeal of the Lion's Castle is also attributed to its picturesque location in the park as well as the interaction between the 'medieval' castle architecture and the suite of rooms typical of a 'Baroque' palace. As a result, the Lion's Castle is a park decoration, leisure palace and mausoleum at the same time (Prince Elector Wilhelm I is entombed in the castle chapel) and represents a synthesis of the arts that is only one-of-a-kind in the world.
Tour participants have the chance to view the living quarters of the men’s and women’s wings, the armoury with arms and knight’s armour from the 16th and 17th century as well as the castle chapel.
Visit our photo gallery for more impressions from the Lion's Castle.
Kassel, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
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During opening hours, you can reach Lion's Castle personnel around the hour.
Information also available at Tel. +49 (561) 31680-123 (Mon.–Fri. 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.) or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
See visitor information for seasonal opening hours/tour times.
Though it is recommended you reach the Lion's Castle by foot via Bergpark. There is of course also the possibility for persons with impaired mobility of reaching it via public transit. Take the tram line 3 from Wilhelmshöhe train station to the stop "Brabanter Straße", then change to the bus line 23 and travel to the stop "Löwenburg". Please click for a schedule Kasseler Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (KVG) (in German).
There are only a few parking lots for disabled persons beneath the Lion's Castle.