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The Löwenburg (“Lion’s castle”), located picturesquely in the Bergpark (“mountain park”) Wilhelmshöhe, presents itself as a romantic knight’s castle from the Middle Ages.
In the inside, however, the castle houses living rooms from the Baroque, which were designed to accommodate the earl and his entourage. Löwenburg Castle was erected by landgrave Wilhelm IX. at the end of the 18th century – a time of major societal changes. Being a ruin, the castle evokes thoughts of fights of siege and defence, but with its seemingly venerable age, it was also designed to underpin the seniority and, thereby, the legitimacy of the dynasty of Hessen-Kassel.
Apart from the armoury with weapons and armours from the 16th and 17th century and the castle’s chapel with the erector’s grave, major parts of the living rooms in the dames’ and lords’ wing are open to the public. The rooms are partly furbished and partly set up as a museum.
The museum can only be visited in the course of guided tours, which start each hour on the hour from Tuesdays to Sundays between 10:00 and 17:00 (last guided tour at 16:00). The guided tour is included in the entry fee.
Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel (mhk):
tel: +49 (0)561 3 16 80-244
fax: +49 (0)561 3 16 80-222