For the first time the water features took place on 3 June in 1714. Today during the summer (from May until October every Wednesday and Sunday afternoon) visitors can attend this event. Additionally, every first Saturday of the months of June, July, August and September this event takes place during the evening with lights of different colors illuminating the water, the fountain and the different monuments. Every time about 350.000 liters (92,000 gallons) of water are needed and visitors can follow the water's way starting from the Hercules monument and ending at the big lake of the castle Wilhelmshöhe. The water runs down the cascades, the Steinhöfer's waterfall, the devil's bridge, until it tumbles down the aqueduct before finally arriving at the lake of the castle where a fountain of about 50 meters ends the spectacle. This whole system relies on natural pressure from reservoirs and underground pipes whose locks are opened manually. This system has been in place for more than 300 years. The complete structure (Octagon & Cascades) are made of Tuff that was sourced from quarries nearby. This soft material has the advantage of a good workability but weathers quickly, particularly by frost-related erosion. This rapid weathering process has been a structural issue for the statue in its 300 years of existence. In late 2005 a complete restructuring process of the entire monument, including the Hercules statue, was initiated.
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Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Europe
Subcategory Detail:Germany
Keywords:Allemagne, Bergpark, Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Cascade, Castle, Deutschland, Duitsland, Dünya Mirası, Germany, Hercules, Herkules, Hessen, Kassel, Lions Castle, Lowenburg, MAAILMANPERINTÖ, Pasaules mantojuma, Pasaulio paveldo, Patrimoine Mondial, Patrimonio Mondiale, Patrimonio de la Humanidad, Património Mundial, Schloss Wilhelmshöhe, Steinhöfer's waterfall, Unesco, Wasserspiele, Water Cascade, Welterbe, Werelderfgoed, Wilhelmshohe, Wilhelmshöhe, Wirt Dinji, aquaduct, aqueduct, devil's bridge, lake, tuff, världsarv, wasserfalle, waterfall, waterval, Światowe Dziedzictwo