A horticultural masterpiece
Nature and relaxation, culture and entertainment- even after almost 250 years, Wilhelmsbad State Park still fulfils all these desires. The charm of the spa resort remains unbroken and the extensive grounds have many surprises in store. One of the highlights for visitors is the carousel, which has been lovingly restored and put back into use.
Gorgeous old buildings line the promenade. The then heir to the throne, Prince Wilhelm of Hessen-Kassel, had the former spa resort built from 1777 onwards, with English landscape gardens providing the inspiration for many attractions in the park - including the tunnel, Devil's Bridge and the Grotto Walk. Artificial ruins were a typical feature of such gardens, and Wilhelm also had a castle ruin built at his private retreat. The exterior of the building is deceptive; the interiors are still magnificently furnished today. The spa’s spring dried up in the 19th century, but the unique horticultural work of art was preserved. Visits to the Doll Museum and atmospheric Comoedienhaus Theatre are also recommended.