Lion Castle (Löwenburg)
the romantic knight's castle in the middle of the hillside park
Lion Castle, in a picturesque location in Wilhelmshöhe Hill Park at the edge of the Wolfsschlucht, looks like a medieval knight's castle from the outside.
On the inside, however, Lion Castle houses royal apartments in a baroque style, which were able to receive the ruler and his court. Built by Landgrave Wilhelm IX at the end of the 18th century, in times of the greatest social upheaval, Lion Castle, with its ruined character, not only conjures up siege towers and defensive struggles, but also attempts, with its apparent awe-inspiring age, to legitimise the length of service of the royal dynasty and thus the claim to power of the House of Hessen-Kassel.
In addition to the armoury with weapons and knights' suits of armour from the 16th and 17th centuries and the castle chapel with the tomb of the builder, significant areas of the royal apartments in the women's and men's quarters, which are partially furnished and partially set up as a museum, are also open to visitors of Lion Castle.