Facts and Data
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Unesco World heritage since: 2013
Size of heritage: 559 ha
- Buffer zone: 2,666 ha
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.
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Hotels and places to stay
Schlosshotel Bad Wilhelmshöhe Conference & Spa
Zum Steinernen Schweinchen
Hotel am Herkules
Am Bergpark Neue Drusel
Villa Andante Apartmenthotel garni
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Medium airport - 6 mi (11 km) Fritzlar Airport
Medium airport - 15 mi (24 km) Paderborn Lippstadt Airport
Medium airport - 39 mi (64 km) Bielefeld Airport
Small airport - 58 mi (93 km) Gütersloh Airport
Medium airport - 63 mi (101 km) Dortmund Airport
Large airport - 78 mi (126 km) Hannover Airport
Large airport - 80 mi (129 km) Hanau Army Air Field
Small airport - 81 mi (132 km) Münster Osnabrück Airport
Large airport - 92 mi (149 km) Celle Airport
Medium airport - 92 mi (149 km) Frankfurt am Main International Airport
Large airport - 97 mi (156 km) Bremen Airport
Large airport - 122 mi (197 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.
- Alte Drusel