Hercules is a copper statue depicting the ancient Greek demigod Heracles (Gr. ???????, German Herkules). The statue is located at the top of a Pyramid, which stands on top of the Octagon; the statue and the other parts of the monument were constructed at different times. Today “Hercules” refers not only to the statue, but the whole monument,including the Octago and Pyramid. The monument is the highest point in the Wilhelmshöhe Bergpark. The monument is located in Bad Wilhelmshöhe, on the Eastern ridge of the Habichtswald. It was built in an artificial dell of the Karlsberg (526m above sea level) on the most western and at the same time highest location (515 m) of the line of sightSchloss Wilhelmshöhe – Hercules.
For the first time the water features took place on the 3rd of 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 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 is working on a natural basis with the help of natural pressure assured by several water reservoirs and underground pipelines whose locks are opened manually. Remarkably this way of working has been preserved for almost 300 years now.
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