An adventure from top to bottom:
Welcome to the Bergpark!
Starting your exploration of the Bergpark from the top at the Herkules monument not only means a less arduous climb but also rewards you with breathtaking views across the whole of Kassel right at the beginning of the tour. This is precisely where Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, stood around 300 years ago – the monumental park was created at his instigation, along with the baroque water features that cascade downwards from here. His successors turned the area into a romantic landscaped park in the English fashion in the late 18th century, and extended the water features. However, the Bergpark also has many other attractions to offer: on a leisurely downhill stroll along the stair-like cascades, you will soon encounter the other spectacular displays in the world-famous sequence of water features that ends in front of Schloss Wilhelmshöhe palace with a huge fountain. That is also where you'll find the Alte Meister art gallery, one of Germany's most important art collections. In the palace's south wing, the so-called "Wessensteinflügel", you will be able to get a glimpse of the private quarters of Hesse's landgraves in this historic residence. A short walk from the palace will take you to the mock-mediaeval Löwenburg castle, their "summer house". Not least fascinating, the Bergpark features an unusually diverse range of more than 500 species of trees and shrubs. It is therefore not surprising that the UNESCO World Heritage Site Committee decided to inscribe the Bergpark on its World Heritage List in 2013.