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 Kassel Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe


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Kassel is a city located on the Fulda River, approx. 70 km north-west of the geographical centre of Germany. The Brothers Grimms wrote their stories there. The Museum dedicated to their output is open to visitors there. The most important historical monument is the Baroque English-style park of Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe surrounding the Palace Wilhelmshöhe, established in 1696 by Karl I Haski. The park along with the palace is a outstanding blend of culture, nature and garden art. The park's main attraction is a complex of fountains and cascades. More than 750 000 liters of water flows down the channels with a total length of 12 km down to the Great Fountain to the palace lake. Great water arrangements create an impressive picture after dusk. The whole composition is a fantastic example of the technical and artistic mastery of water in a designed landscape. The water displays are incredible example of monumental water structures. The Hercules statue is the most sophisticated and colossal statue of the Early Modern era. The water features with their monumental architectural settings is a unique example of the Baroque and Romantic garden art. Captivating wealth of works of art lies in the palace itself, heavily damaged during the Second World War, rebuilt in 1974. Thanks to the Old Masters Art Gallery (Galerie Alter Meister), collections of prints and ancient art, it is a magnet for the audience. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is the European biggest park on the hill. The landmarks are the statue of Herkules – the symbol of the city of Kissel, small shrines and remains of Chinese village as well as romantic neo-Gothic castle ruins called Löwenburg. This castle complex with medieval fragments such as a moat, a drawbridge was built in 1800. . The Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe was inscribed into the List of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.

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