Hercules monument, Bergpark Wilhelmshohe, Kassel

The Hercules monument is an important landmark in the German city of Kassel. It is located in the Bergpark Wilhelmshohe (Wilhelmshohe Mountainpark) in northern Hesse, Germany.

Hercules is a copper statue depicting the ancient Greek demigod Heracles. The statue is located at the top of a Pyramid, which stands on top of the Octagon; the statue and the other parts of the monument were constructed at different times. Today "Hercules" refers not only to the statue, but the whole monument, including the Octagon and Pyramid. The monument is the highest point in the Wilhelmshohe Bergpark.

The monument is located in Bad Wilhelmshohe, on the Eastern ridge of the Habichtswald. It was built in an artificial dell of the Karlsberg (526m above sea level) on the most western and at the same time highest location (515 m) of the line of sight Schloss Wilhelmshöhe – Hercules.

On 23 June 2013 the Mountainpark and the Hercules were proclaimed as world heritage site during the UNESCO meeting in Phnom Penh.

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    Bergpark Wilhelmshohe

    Bergpark Wilhelmshohe is a unique landscape park in Kassel, Germany. Art historian Georg Dehio (1850–1932), inspirator of the modern discipline of historic preservation, described the park as "possibly the most grandiose combination of landscape and architecture"

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    Wilhelmshohe Palace (Schloss Wilhelmshohe)

    Schloss Wilhelmshohe is a Neoclassical palace located in Bad Wilhelmshohe (DE), a part of Kassel, Germany. It was built for Landgrave Wilhelm (William) IX of Hesse in the late 18th century. Emperor Wilhelm II made extensive use of it as a summer residence and personal retreat.