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For me, the grand prize of the day was the climb up to the very top of the mountain and reach the Octagon and its statue of Herkules on top.  These are shown in the fourth photo.  Getting there was quite a chore, as the closer I got, the steeper the hill became.  Thankfully, the path was converted to steps... I lost count after six hundred, though.

The dark gray structure leading up to it was another artificial cascade, a really, really huge one that was still completely dry when I went.  When running, that cascade was the Bergpark's primary draw.  However, most people don't get there the way I did -- there was a massive parking lot behind the Octagon, at the end of a highway that snaked around the back.  Also, Bus #43 made regular runs there in the summertime.

I climbed back down, but a different way, because there was one more structure I needed to visit, located off the direct path from the Castle to the Octagon.  The Loewenburg Castle ruins are shown in the fifth and final photo, anotherCastle Loewenburg set of artificial ruins that from the Schloss look like they emerge from the woodline.  The brochure stated that these ruins resembled a Scottish castle, complete with tall towers and a small chapel.  This castle was plenty big to house a small town and host a market in the middle!  Nowadays it hosts a small medieval museum and an active vineyard.

So, was the climb worth it?  Absolutely!  I felt really tired by the time I got to the bottom of the hill, but I was really refreshed after some first-class exercise and getting to see such beautiful sights on a gloriously sunny day.  I decided that I really needed to return some time in the future in the summer so I could see what the cascades looked like when running full of water.

Now, returning to the original thread... comparing this complex with Heidelberg Castle.  The biggest advantage Heidelberg's Castle had was its proximity to the downtown and its accessibility by bus, train, or foot.  I can't say that about Wilhelmshöhe, it was far away from the rest of Kassel and if you aren't a mountain goat and don't have a car, the occasional bus is your only real option.  But I much preferred Wilhelmshöhe.

 

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Ron Anderson also says:
Ben,
    Thanks you again for e-mailing the 501st invitation to attend the reunion in Las Vegas, October 23-26.  So far we have had little response. Just wanted to remind you and other 604th guys to get their room reservations in  before September 22 to get the $45 per night room rate.  That number is 1-800-634-6045, Ext 1.
    The registration fee of $100 per person can be sent later but by the first week in October the Four Queens Hotel will be asking for a head count for the meals and the tour.
    Thanks again for your help - Ron Anderson

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Kassel Herkules Falls

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