Waterfeatures in Kassel

by Heike June. 26, 2017 2350 views

I've spend a few days in Kassel, visiting the 'documenta 14' - and my host recommended to visit also the amazing water features. They start every year from 1st may until 3rd october, each wednesday and saturday, at the Unesco World Heritage Site 'Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe' between the palace and the Hercules monument.

Wilhelmshöhe Palace

Wilhelmshöhe Palace

I parked my car on one of the lower parkgrounds and took the bus up to the top of the hill, where the huge monument of Hercules is perched on top of the stone Octagonbuilding, completed 300 years ago in 1717.

Hercules monument

Hercules monument

Unfortunately there are construction works until 2018 on the Hercules and as well on the stages where the water cascades down, therefore on some of the photos also some scaffolds will be seen.

The waterfeatures start always at 2.30pm at the feet of the Hercules monument.

Giant's Head basin.

Giant's Head basin.

The visitors are following the water down to the big lake of the palace Wilhelmshöhe, where a fountain of about 50 meters ends the spectacle. Every time about 350.000 liters (92,000 gallons) of water are needed.

In the beginning the water flows from the Giant's Head basin down the Grand Cascades.

Grand cascades details

Grand cascades details

Grand cascades end

Grand cascades end

After the water reached the basin at the end of the grand cascades, it runs down to the Steinhöfer's waterfall, from there to the devil's bridge,

Devil's bridge

Devil's bridge

Devil's bridge 2

Devil's bridge 2

until it tumbles down the aqueduct,

Aqueduct

Aqueduct

Down at the aqueduct

Down at the aqueduct

before finally arriving at the lake of the palace, where the waterfeatures end in the fountain.

End fountain

End fountain

This whole system relies on natural pressure from reservoirs and underground pipes whose locks are opened manually. This system has been in place for more than 300 years.

The whole spectacle takes around one hour and 15 minutes, the way downwards is around 2.3 kilometres.

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 3 months ago

WOW! What an amazing place!
Nice work!

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 3 months ago

Thanks so much for like and fav ! It's really an amazing place, they also have some dates in summer, where an illuminated waterfeature is presented in the evening.  ...A reason to came back one day. smiley

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Heike 3 years, 3 months ago

My pleasure!

I'll be looking forward to the next time you go in the evening!

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 3 years, 3 months ago

Stunning place !

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Tomie Poodle 3 years, 3 months ago

Thanks so much, it really was worth the visit.

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Dinaana Mh 3 years, 3 months ago

I didn't realize that something so beautiful is so close to my place.
Thank you for opening my eyes and showing me what I'm missing out!
Great pictures :]

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Dinaana Mh 3 years, 3 months ago

Thanks so much Dinaana ! Sometimes we do not realize that there is beauty also in our surrounding. It was also the first time for me visiting Kassel, although it's only a 2 hour drive away from my home.

3 years, 3 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 3 years, 4 months ago

What an amazing place. Thanks for sharing - I didn't know this water wonder.

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks a lot Antonio. It was the first time for me, that I visited Kassel. I heard before from the Bergpark, but I didn't imagine, that it is so marvelous. grinning

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 3 years, 4 months ago

Nice photos and nice comment. It has been a long time since I have been in Kassel.

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks Peter. I was pleasantly surprised by Kassel. Usually I just pass by on the highway.... smiley

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
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