On my way back from a trip towards the middle of Germany, Kassel seemed like the best place to stop for a break. To be honest I knew very little about Kassel before going there. Google kindly informed me about the city’s many parks and palaces, in particular the “Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe” park, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.
We could see this park and some of its imposing buildings kilometres before getting there. While we were driving on the long street leading up to the park, gazing up at these nice buildings on the hill, an ice cream shop caught my eye: my first highlight in Kassel was the organic ice cream I had at Bio Eiscafé Cortina.
The original ice cream flavours at Bio Eiscafé Cortina
The moment I saw the sign presenting the shop’s ice cream flavours of the week, I knew this was a good place to have an ice cream break!
I choose berries-cardamom sorbet and lavender-blueberry ice cream! 🙂 I got to sample plum-cinnamon and fig-ginger ice cream too. The ice cream was good! Nice texture, flavour and sweetness level. The taste of berries dominated in my berry-cardamom sorbet, but the taste of cardamom was there too. I appreciated the subtle, non-overpowering flavour of lavender in my second scoop. The cinnamon and fig ice creams were good too! Some phone issues prevented me from taking a photo of my ice cream…
The organic Eiscafé Cortina uses no additives, no chemical binding agents, no artificial flavours or artificial colouring. Their sorbet only has 0,2 to 0,5% fat.
With a bellie full of delicious ice cream, we went on to visit the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe.
Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Wilhelmshöhe hillside park in Kassel was the 38th site in Germany to be named UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the highlights of the site is its unique artificial waterfall system, built in the late 17th century. The water features have been operating for three centuries, using simply the laws of physics and no pumps. The whole park is praised for demonstrating technical and artistic mastery of water within one park.
The water display is turned on between May and October on Wednesdays, Sundays and on public holidays at 2.30pm. Although we were unfortunately not able to see the water displays, I enjoyed visiting this park and learning about its water display! This video will give you an idea of what the park looks like:
Special thanks to V.P. for lending me a phone for taking photos in Kassel!