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  The aqueduct in Wilhelmshöhe
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      The aqueduct in Wilhelmshöhe
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      Wilhelmshöhe in January
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      All the way down!
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Kassel's famous park Wilhelmshöhe is not only the biggest hillside park of Europe, it is also famous for its water features, taking place every Wednesday, Sunday and public holiday from the Ascension of Christ (May/June) to October, 3, at 2.30pm. The water features are a must - there are absolutely no excuses to miss them if you are in Kassel in summer!

They start at the highest point of the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe: the Herkules monument. From there on the water flows down dozens of cascades until it reaches a lake at the lower end of the cascades. It vanishes into an underground pipe system and sees daylight again further down the hill. There it flows past the Teufelsbrücke (Devil's Bridge) with its creepy looks towards the aqueduct. The aqueduct ends in thin air, thus the water falls down some 15m in a spectacular waterfall. Now, there are only some metres left until it reaches another lake in which it erupts in a more than 50m high fountain which lasts for about ten minutes!

The great thing about the water features is that they work without any modern technology - it's just the water power itself that forces the fountain to erupt, supported by the downhill terrain, of course. Furthermore, an ingenious system makes it possible to walk down the hill with the water without missing bits of the features. On the cascades, it flows very slowly anyway, so that children and daring adults enjoy running in front of it. Later on, walking down the hill at a leisurely pace will ensure that you can see the water at all the important places.

The water features are very popular with tourists and locals alike. Make sure to come early as you will have to hike up the park until you reach the cascades (ca. 45 minutes). Alternatively, you can take the shuttle buses leaving from tram stop "Wilhelmshöhe". Make sure to bring a camera. And make sure to walk with the water - you will never forget this view!

Address: Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel
Directions: Accessible by car (parking possible in Mulang or near the casino, but always very crowded) or by tram no. 1 to "Wilhelmshöhe". Then, hike up the hill for about 45 minutes.

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  • Updated Jan 5, 2017
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