The Wilhelmshöhe Castle and the Bergpark overlook the city of Kassel in central Germany. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013. Built in 1798, it is known to have received Napoleon III in captivity, William II also stayed there. Today, the castle houses collections of paintings and sculptures, including Rembrandt and Rubens. 

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Overview of Wilhelmshöhe Castle and the Berpark

The Bergpark is the large park of Wilhelmshöhe Castle, also a World Heritage Site. It is dominated by a 70m high giant copper statue of Hercules built in 1717.

Unfortunately, during my visit there were works in the domain and the fountains were not working. Moreover, it was not possible to access the statue of Hercules.

It takes about 45 minutes to walk from Wilhelmshöhe Castle to the statue of Hercules which dominates Kassel (250m difference in height).

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Bergpark in Kassel
Bergpark in Kassel

Castle Gallery

Very beautiful collections of Rembrandt and Rubbens exhibited in a modern space that perfectly showcases them. One can also see a reproduction of the statue of Hercules which dominates the Castle Park.

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Photo Tips

Best times to take pictures at the Bergpark

  • Time of the day: Bergpark and Wilhelmshöhe Castle are facing east! Therefore, it is necessary to go to take pictures in the early morning to avoid backlighting and/or too bright light. Moreover, the park being on a hill, the sun passes quickly behind it in the late afternoon leaving the whole domain in the shade.
  • Season: the 4 seasons each bring their own specificities. That said, it must be beautiful in October with the colors of autumn. In winter, it can also be magical with snow.

Equipment to take

  • Objectives: the telephoto lens allows to take interesting perspectives (like the overview I took for example). The wide angle is of course useful.
  • Drone: the Bergpark is in a built-up area, so you have to have the necessary permits.

Spots to be photographed

  • The perspective when arriving at the Bergpark and Wilhelmshöhe Castle via the main road is very impressive (see photo).
  • View of the fountain from below (cover photo)
  • View of the city and the park from above

To get there (from Paris)

  • Train: 8h
  • Car: 10h
  • Plane: 1h (Frankfurt) + 2h by car

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