UNESCO World Heritage
Kassel has one of the most important collections of museums in Germany, and has been crowned with two UNESCO World Heritage awards: World Cultural Heritage for the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe and Memory of the World for the personal copies of the children’s fairytales by the Brothers Grimm.
UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013 - Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
The 246 hectare Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe with its historical water features is an outstanding example of European garden design and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013. Visiting the park gives you the opportunity to experience the various landscape design concepts as a representation of absolutist mastery over a period of 300 years. The monumental baroque park architecture with the Octagon, the eight-metre-tall Hercules statue – the symbol of Kassel – as well as Cascades and water theatre all massively shape the appearance of the park. The large water feature, which was created under Landgrave Carl (ruled 1677–1730) was an exceptional feat of architecture and engineering of its time and has been preserved in its original functionality to this day. The Grand Fountain in the pond above Wilhelmshöhe Palace is the crowning finale of the water features.
UNESCO Memory of the World since 2005 - The personal copies of the children’s fairytales from the Brothers Grimm
The GRIMMWELT Kassel presents the Brothers Grimm in a building that was designed especially for this purpose, on the Kassel Weinberg hill. Some of the most valuable exhibits include the personal copies of the children’s fairytales, which have been classed as a UNESCO Memory of the World since 2005. Besides the famous fairytales, the fascinating story of the creation and development of the largest dictionary in the German language is also told. Fun and informative exhibits and a format that continues to surprise give visitors new ways to access the multifaceted work, as well as the social and political lives of the Brothers Grimm.