It’s a grey afternoon by the time I arrive at the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe. The clouds have all merged into one and the light rain comes and goes. Mist has collected at the top. At first I’m a bit disappointed, but then a beauty starts to emerge from the dull atmosphere.
I don’t see the mist at the top for a while, though. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is a park – but it’s no ordinary park. Built on a large slope at one edge of the German city of Kassel, it is the world’s second largest hillside park. In total, it covers more than 2.5 square kilometres and takes hours for me to explore.
The park was first conceived in the early 1700s and has been gradually expanded and altered over the past three centuries. As well as the landscaped gardens, it has water features and dense forests in part. There are also buildings influenced by the Baroque and Romantic periods. It is considered to be one of the most magnificent examples of European garden art to ever be achieved.