Landgrave Carl of Hesse-Cassel had the Italian architect Giovanni Francesco Guerniero erect the Octagon ('Colossal Palace') from 1700 to 1717 with the figure of Hercules as the crowning conclusion to the 1.5 kilometre long cascade complex. The octagonal substructure thrusts a steep pyramid crowned with an 8.20 meters high statue of Hercules into the sky. The work of the Augsburg gold smith Johann Jakob Anthoni is a replica of the antique Hercules Farnese. A staircase leads up to a visitor platform 28.5 m above the ground that offers a spectacular view of the entire Baroque park grounds and the City of Kassel.
Visit our photo gallery for more impressions from the Hercules Monument.
Kassel, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
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.
|Opening hours:||16th March to 16th November Mon.–Sun. and public holidays 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.,
last admission: 4:30 p.m.
Opening hours Hercules/Plateau/Octagon: also see under visitor information.
Take the KVG line 3 tram to the final stop “Druseltal” and change there to the bus line 22 to the Hercules. Or take the KVG line 1 tram to the final stop "Wilhelmshöhe" and change there to the bus line 23.
On water displays days (Wednesday, Sundays and public holidays), the bus line 23 shuttles between Ochsenallee car park, situated below Wilhelmshöhe Palace, and the Hercules Monument at fifteen-minute intervals. (Please take note of the timetables posted at bus and tram stops.) For detailed information on the KVG please click >> here.
The parking lots near the Hercules may be overfilled on days with high visitor volumes such as during the waterfeatures presentation on Wednesdays and Sundays!
We therefore urgently recommend the use of public transport!