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Wilhelmshöhe Park and Hercules statue

An impressive succession of cascades is the defining feature of this upland forest park, the only one of its kind in Europe. These waterfalls surge down to Wilhelmshöhe Palace from a large castle in the upper section of the park, which is topped by an imperious bronze statue of Hercules.

One of Europe's most important historical gardens
With its winding paths, magnificent buildings and impressive fountains, Wilhelmshöhe Park is a harmonious blend of architecture and landscape. It started out as a baroque garden, and was later transformed into an English-style country park. A large castle in the upper section of the park is the dominating feature. Its pyramid-shaped tower is crowned by an enormous copper statue of Hercules. Huge cascades of water lead down into the lower section of the park to Wilhelmshöhe Palace with its superb gallery featuring works by old masters.
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Kassel Interior of the Brothers Grimm Museum, copyright Kassel Tourist GmbH
Fans of culture will love Kassel's fantastic range of museums. Highlights include the Fridericianum museum, the Brothers Grimm Museum and the Natural History Museum with its cultural and historical treasures.
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Art & culture

Kassel documenta hall, copyright Kassel Tourist GmbH
Even without the "documenta" exhibition, Kassel would still be one of the leading art locations in Europe. Wilhelmshöhe Palace houses one of the largest and most important Rembrandt collections along with the famous statue of Apollo. However, it is the "documenta" art exhibition that has really put Kassel on the international map.
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