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Travel Guide: Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel, Germany #travel

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

Kassel, Germany

Descending a long hill dominated by a giant statue of Hercules, the monumental water displays of Wilhelmshöhe were begun by Landgrave Carl of Hesse-Kassel in 1689 around an east-west axis and were developed further into the 19th century. Reservoirs and channels behind the Hercules Monument supply water to a complex system of hydro-pneumatic devices that supply the site’s large Baroque water theatre, grotto, fountains and 350-metre long Grand Cascade. Beyond this, channels and waterways wind across the axis, feeding a series of dramatic waterfalls and wild rapids, the geyser-like Grand Fountain which leaps 50m high, the lake and secluded ponds that enliven the Romantic garden created in the 18th century by Carl’s great-grandson, Elector Wilhelm I. The great size of the park and its waterworks along with the towering Hercules statue constitute an expression of the ideals of absolutist Monarchy while the ensemble is a remarkable testimony to the aesthetics of the Baroque and Romantic periods.

Map of Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

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Coronavirus in Kassel

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Culture in Kassel

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Germany. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Germany.

Money in Kassel

Currencie(s): Euro

  • 1 Euro = 1.17 $
  • 1 Euro = 0.91 £

Tipping: Not seen as obligatory, but most people in Germany consider tipping to be good manners as well as a way to express gratitude for good service. Rounding up the bill in Germany is commonplace.

Corruption: Germany has a corruption score of 20 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Germany, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Germany is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.

Germany is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.55 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Kassel

Language(s): German
Here are a few basic lines to get you started:
  • Yes = Ja
  • No = Nein
  • Thank You = Danke
  • Hello = Hallo
  • Do you speak English? = Sprichst du Englisch?
  • Please = Bitte
  • Bye = Tschüss
  • Excuse Me = Entschuldigen Sie mich
  • Where is the Bathroom? = Wo ist die Toilette?
  • What is your Name? (My Name Is) = Wie ist dein Name? (Mein Name ist)

Food & Drinks in Kassel

3 National dishes: Sauerbraten, Bratwurst & Eisbein.

Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Kassel is 16.
On- and off-premise age minimum is 16 for beer and wine/18 for spirits.

Religion in Kassel

Germany contains a few regions that are considered as a religious. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 40% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%, Muslim 3.7%, unaffiliated or other 28.3%. Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Kassel

Age of Consent: 14 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Germany since 2017.

Germany scores a 7/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

Other practical tips for Kassel

Timezone: UTC+01:00

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F

Weather: Currently broken clouds, with a temperature between 12.8 and 14.4°C (55 and 58°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 12.03 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Germany.

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