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how to get there: water displays

Variant A: Journey to Herkules Visitor Centre / Visiting the water displays, complete with Cascade stairs

For both the Hercules Monument and the Herkules Visitor Centre , take the Line 3 tram to the final stop of »Druseltal«. From there, the Line 22 bus will take you to the Hercules Monument. On water-displays days, additional Line 23 buses will be running from Wilhelmshöhe Visitor Centre and the final stop of the Line 1 tram, »Wilhelmshöhe/Park«.

For visitors arriving by train, the ICE railway station of Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe is very convenient. From the station, it is just four stops of the Line 1 tram to the final stop of »Wilhelmshöhe/Park«. Alternatively, seven stops of the Line 3 tram will take you to the terminal of »Druseltal«. Arriving at Kassel Main Station in the city centre, take the Line 5 Regio-Tram or the next available regional train to »Bhf. Wilhelmshöhe« and change to Line 1 or 3.

If you arrive by car on the A44, take the exit for Kassel Bad Wilhelmshöhe (68) and follow the inner-city signage for »Herkules«. If you arrive in the city from other directions, follow the signs for »Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe«. Once you are offered a choice between »Herkules« and »Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe« please follow the signs for »Herkules«.

If you follow the water on its way down into the valley, the Line 23 bus will take you back from Wilhelmshöhe Visitor Centre to the Herkules Visitor Centre after the water displays. The last bus leaves at 5.58 pm (Wednesdays) or 6 pm (Sundays and public holidays).

Later in the day take the Line 1 tram from Wilhelmshöhe Visitor Centre to the ICE stop of  »Bhf. Wilhelmshöhe«, change to a Line 3 tram to Endstation »Druseltal«, and from there take a Line 22 bus which will take you back to the Hercules Monument.

Variant B: Journey to Wilhelmshöhe Palace Visitor Centre

For Wilhelmshöhe Visitor Centre take the Line 1 tram to the final stop of »Wilhelmshöhe Park«.

For visitors arriving by train, the ICE railway station of Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe is very convenient. From the station, it is just four stops of the Line 1 tram to the final stop of »Wilhelmshöhe/Park«. Arriving at Kassel Main Station in the city centre, take the Line 5 Regio-Tram or the next available regional train to »Bhf. Wilhelmshöhe« and change to Line 1.

If you arrive by car on the A44, take the exit for Kassel Bad Wilhelmshöhe (68) and follow the inner-city signage for »Herkules«. Once you are offered a choice between »Herkules« and »Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe« please follow the signs for »Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe«. Arriving in the city from other directions, follow the signs for »Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe«.

Variant B1: Visiting the water displays, complete with Cascade stairs

From Wilhelmshöhe Visitor Centre, take the Line 23 bus to the Hercules Monument if you would like to follow the water displays into the valley. The first bus leaves at
10.58 am (Wednesdays) or 10.57 am (Sundays and public holidays).

Variant B2: Visiting the water displays, skipping the Cascade stairs (barrier-free)

You can also experience the Bergpark from bottom to top and on foot! Walking from Wilhelmshöhe Visitor Centre to Wilhelmshöhe Palace/Great Fountain will take approximately 15 minutes (uphill, hard surface). Continuing to the Cascades will amount to a pleasant walk of about one hour (uphill, hard surface). You could even wait for the water and accompany it back downhill on its way.

Visitors with restricted mobility can board the Bergpark shuttle bus at Wilhelmshöhe car park  (for more information see below), which will take them to the Palace, the lower water features, and Löwenburg Castle.

Bergpark shuttle

The Bergpark shuttle bus goes through the World Heritage site of Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, connecting Wilhelmshöhe Visitor Centre with the Palace, the lower water features and the castle of Löwenburg. It operates on water-displays days between 10 am and 5 pm at approximately 15–20 minutes' intervals. Cost per person and single uninterrupted trip is 2 Euro. Children under six are free, as are mobility-impaired and severely mobility-impaired, helpless, deaf, or blind visitors (possessing a disabled person's pass marked G, aG, H, Gl, or Bl). Owners of a pass marked B are entitled to a carer/companion also travelling for free. One of the buses is wheelchair-accessible.

Parking

There are public car parks next to the Wilhelmshöhe Palace and Herkules Visitor Centre. On water-displays days, fees apply from 9.30 am to 3 pm. Your parking ticket on these days doubles as a bus ticket for up to 5 passengers on the Line 23 buses shuttling between Herkules Visitor Centre and Wilhelmshöhe Visitor Centre.

Your parking ticket will also provide reduced-rate entry to MHK museums and facilities, doubling as a »two for one« voucher.

Parking fee: car 7 Euro, motorcycle 5 Euro, minivan/camper van 10 Euro, coach 20 Euro

On busy days the car parks may be full to capacity. In this case please follow the directions of the parking attendants or on display boards, or alternatively use local public transport. This year, owing to large-scale construction work in progress, we highly recommend using the public transport systems!

Further information:

Vehicles parked earlier will also require a parking ticket after 9.30 am!

Moving and re-parking your car is possible, however a parking space cannot be guaranteed.