Palace in Kassel
Schloss Wilhelmshöhe is a palace located within the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel, Germany. The palace was built between 1786 and 1798 for Landgrave Wilhelm IX of Hesse-Kassel, who later became Elector Wilhelm I. The building was designed by the architect Simon Louis du Ry in the neoclassical style, and it served as a summer residence for the Elector and his family.
The palace features a grand central staircase and ornate interiors decorated with stucco, frescoes, and paintings. It also contains a number of significant art collections, including the Antiquities Collection, the Painting Collection, and the Graphics Collection.
During World War II, Schloss Wilhelmshöhe was heavily damaged by bombing and subsequently restored in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, it is open to the public as a museum and cultural center, with exhibitions, concerts, and events held throughout the year. Visitors can also tour the palace and its gardens, which include the famous Hercules monument and water features such as the Grand Cascade and the Steinhöfer Waterfall.
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Visiting Schloss Wilhelmshöhe
10am-5pm Tue-Sun, to 8pm Wed
adult/concession €6/4, Weissenstein wing incl tour €4/3, audioguide €3