Kleiner Herkules

It’s a place not many people get to. If you’re at the Herkules monument at Kassel, Germany you can walk on the ridge going to the south and after 10 minutes of walking you will find a ruin in the forest: the Kleiner Herkules. Still today it is not known to full extent why it has been built.

In 1696 – five years before the Herkules was built – this building has been created by Charles I, landgrave of Hesse-Kassel on the Hüttenberg. It is the highest mountain in the area and it is said that this should have been the originally planned location for the Herkules monument.

The location is quite good but the mountain is too steep and there is no good possibility to redirect water to this place – a necessity for the planned water game. Today there are only the foundations of two connected buildings left on the forest.

Kleiner Herkules
Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

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