There are two main routes to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe: via Wilhelmshöhe Palace in the lower part of the park, or via the Hercules Monument and Cascades in the upper part. There are car parks at both the main entrances to the park.
Please note that Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is only accessible on foot. When visiting the water displays, you will be faced with a considerable height difference between the Palace plateau and the Hercules Monument. The stairs flanking the Baroque Cascades, an early part of the water displays, do not have handrails.
As a general rule we would recommend wearing sturdy shoes and clothing suitable to the weather, and bringing something to drink during the summer months.
Notes for visitors arriving by coach are here.
The two main car parks (»Herkules« [Hercules Monument] and »Schloss Wilhelmshöhe« [Wilhelmshöhe Palace], formerly »Ochsenallee«) within the World Heritage property are signposted and will be managed by the City of Kassel from this year's season onwards.
On water-displays days (Wed, Sun, public holidays), fees apply from 9.30 am to 3 pm (car 7 Euro, motorcycle 5 Euro, minivan/camper van 10 Euro). Tickets are available from 9 am. Vehicles parked earlier require a parking ticket after 9.30 am too. Your parking ticket doubles as a bus ticket for up to 5 passengers on the Line 23 KVG buses. It will also provide reduced-rate entry to Wilhelmshöhe Palace, doubling as a »two for one« voucher. Moving your car from one of the car parks to the other is possible, however a parking space cannot be guaranteed. This year, owing to large-scale construction work in progress, we highly recommend using the public transport systems.
By public transport (ÖPNV) to Wilhelmshöhe Palace
Take the No. 1 KVG tram to the final stop of »Wilhelmshöhe/Park«. From there, a walk of approximately 10–15 minutes (uphill) will take you to Wilhelmshöhe Palace. On water-displays days (Mon, Wed, public holidays), Line 23 buses will be shuttling between the Wilhelmshöhe Palace car park and the Hercules Monument at 15-minute intervals. (Please take note of the timetables posted at bus and tram stops.)
By public transport (ÖPNV) to the Hercules Monument
Take the No. 3 tram to the final stop of »Druseltal« and change to a Line 22 bus to the Hercules Monument. On water-displays days (Wed, Sun, public holidays), Line 23 buses will be shuttling between the Wilhelmshöhe Palace car park (formerly »Ochsenallee«) next to the Wilhelmshöhe Visitor Centre, and the Hercules Monument. (Please take note of the timetables posted at bus and tram stops.)
For the current Kasseler Verkehrsgesellschaft (KVG) timetables please click www.kvg.de.
By Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel shuttle bus from the Wilhelmshöhe Palace car park into the park
Two shuttle buses (fee required), one of them wheelchair-accessible, run between the Wilhelmshöhe Palace car park and Kaskadenwirtschaft restaurant via Steinhöfer Waterfall and Löwenburg Castle. There is no fixed timetable; however, on water-displays days the buses run every 15-20 minutes or less. The fare is 2 Euro per person and trip; children under 6 can travel for free. Owners of a disabled person's pass (marked G, aG, H, Gl, or Bl) also travel free of charge. Owners of a B pass are entitled to a carer/companion also travelling for free.
After the water displays: Getting back to your car at the Hercules Monument
After the water displays, the Line 23 bus will take you back to the Hercules Monument. The bus stop is next to the Wilhelmshöhe Palace car park, about 200 m below Wilhelmshöhe Palace. The final stop of the Line 1 tram that will take you back to the city centre or to Wilhelmshöhe train station is a ten-minute downhill walk from Wilhelmshöhe Palace.