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Maybe rich people should build weird fountains again

  • Publicado em 5 Jun 2022
  • The Wasserspiele of Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe are 300 years old, powered entirely by gravity, and entertaining tourists. As legacies for rich people go, there are far worse ones. ■ More about the Bergpark: museum-kassel.de/en/museums-p...
    Location camera: Moritz Janisch
    Producer: Marcel Fenchel www.fenchel-janisch.com/
    Editor: Michelle Martin mrsmmartin

Comentários • 3 184

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  3 meses atrás +12761

    I can't wait for the tongue-in-cheek title of this to get taken completely out of context by people who don't read the context before reacting. I mean, literally, I can't wait, it'll already be happening as you read this.

    • jesdadotcom
      jesdadotcom Mês atrás

      tom i think you forgot to take your meds

    • Jacob Wood
      Jacob Wood Mês atrás

      I would have titled it "The Germans Do Seem to Love Watersports"!

    • briezzy365
      briezzy365 2 meses atrás

      Then don’t manufacture that

    • Rolando Manuel
      Rolando Manuel 2 meses atrás

      To do this yuou have to destroy nature it self look at britain you hardly have any old forest native or wild life because you have destroyed them over many centuries if not thousands of years and this why your rivers and water are polluted

    • Tuevon
      Tuevon 2 meses atrás

      Wonderment, too, is a worthwhile pursuit.

  • Kyle Gustafson
    Kyle Gustafson 3 meses atrás +25040

    If I ever get rich, I’ll buy a massive gravity fountain just for you, Tom.

    • Forsakianity
      Forsakianity 2 dias atrás

      get this guy a go fund me

    • yesdude
      yesdude Mês atrás +1

      I was thinking they're would be some scientific reason as to why rich people building cool water features would be good, turns out, Tom just reckons it'd be a cool idea lmao I agree

    • Edward
      Edward Mês atrás +1

      I would make the statues with Tom's face on them! :)

    • Cube
      Cube Mês atrás

      The point is that you build one, not buy one. You'll never be rich!

    • Jayson Lima
      Jayson Lima Mês atrás

      And I'll buy 2

  • Probably Not A Chicken
    Probably Not A Chicken 2 meses atrás +1700

    Fun Fact: It was common for Roman nobles to financially ruin themselves under extreme social pressure from city officials, other nobles, and the mob to construct massive public works similar to these. This is why roman cities, and especially Rome itself, were often filled with opulent public spaces. It is also why many of the greatest roman constructs were funded directly by the emperor: he was almost always the wealthiest "noble."

    • Ricardo Cima
      Ricardo Cima 17 dias atrás

      @Gabriel Andreassen welcome my brother

    • Gabriel Andreassen
      Gabriel Andreassen 18 dias atrás

      @AdrianDAGAMER 20.. I'm a bit worried now as I am yet to become an adult

    • Gabriel Andreassen
      Gabriel Andreassen 18 dias atrás

      @Ricardo Cima Thank you for teaching me this term. It was a joy to read about its history

    • ChoppedLiver
      ChoppedLiver 25 dias atrás

      @AdrianDAGAMER 17 😱😱😱

    • AdrianDAGAMER
      AdrianDAGAMER Mês atrás

      How ever many replies this has is the age of you’re girlfriend.

  • Aurelia Gray
    Aurelia Gray 3 meses atrás +2920

    The artistic work here isn’t actually worthless in terms of helping humanity. Sure there are many things that could be more helpful, but turning things like this into public parks and centres could very easily improve the quality of life of people who live in or visit the area by adding a little bit of extra wonder and beauty, and can definitely improve mental health and well-being

    • Alex Moreno
      Alex Moreno Mês atrás +1

      @RoboNator that's not how people should think about economics

    • John Adams
      John Adams Mês atrás +1

      Also to consider would be the history. I personally think many things built today are easily forgettable and built to be that way. Pride can be a good thing when managed correctly

    • Superkidra
      Superkidra Mês atrás +1

      I would like a bus route that runs here

    • RunningSloth
      RunningSloth Mês atrás +1

      @Peter Peladon Most displays of wealth requires jobs to complete, but there are contractors and construction companies that will build it, not people who don't already have a job.
      There are much more optimal ways to help people with tens of millions of dollars than building a fountain.

    • Peter Peladon
      Peter Peladon Mês atrás +1

      @RunningSloth What of the jobs created building the fountain? You can't exactly buy this kinda thing on Amazon.

  • Reagan Janae Richard
    Reagan Janae Richard Mês atrás +214

    I'm on his side. Why waste money on a Yaht when you could build something for everyone to enjoy. I wish rich people built castles and palaces, too, honestly. Instead of these bland modern mansions. Come on, rich people. You've got money. Amaze me. Make something that will last centuries.

    • CRC
      CRC 11 dias atrás

      Yet Bezos makes a penis shaped rocket.......

    • Steve Sether
      Steve Sether 29 dias atrás +4

      @Frank Vortez That's more a difference between old money and new money.
      New money does exactly what you're saying with showing off, and blowing huge amounts of money on dumb stuff like hundred million dollar yachts.
      Old money tends to keep old things and maintain them.

    • Frank Vortez
      Frank Vortez 29 dias atrás +4

      I think back in time rich people would make something that last a long time to mark history and make sure no one forget about them once they die (the real death) whereas nowadays people just wanna show off and live in the moment, just a theory of course

    • Mellie
      Mellie Mês atrás +15

      Yes! And back in the late 1700's through to the mid to late 1800speople could tour the castles for for free when the family weren't there. So they really were open to the public. Od course the poorest didn't have the means to travel to see them, but everyone else could.

    • Steve Sether
      Steve Sether Mês atrás

      You're right.
      But let's not be too kind to the uber-rich of the the 1700s. They didn't create this for everyone, they created it to impress the other uber rich, just like the Super-Yacht people do today.
      The only reason we still have this stuff today is eventually those families moved on, lost power, and maybe even the grounds fell into disrepair. Then eventually it was sold/donated to the government, who likely had to restore it. That's when us plebes finally got to enjoy what richie-rich created for himself 300 years ago.
      But you're right.... that ain't gonna happen with a Yacht build by a Russian oligarch, or Jeff Bezos. Those Yachts migt not be around in even 30 years, and zero chance of making it to 300.

  • 4Dmike
    4Dmike 2 meses atrás +357

    Thank you my dude. This video was the last, and most vital clue to a mystery that I've been trying to solve for the greater part of my life. For over 30 years i have searched for evidence of this place, or at the very least, something extremely similar. I had only the fuzziest of memories to go off of. Memories of a brief segment featured in between shows i watched as a child. So thank you so much. I can finally prove after 3 decades that i wasn't crazy (at least about this) and that this place and others like it actually exist.

    • Michael S.
      Michael S. 5 dias atrás

      You should have asked me 😅. I regularly go for a run in this park. It's a good workout to run that way uphill.

    • 221 b
      221 b Mês atrás +2

      Haha ahh life before the Internet...

    • David Hustlehoff
      David Hustlehoff Mês atrás +1

      I am from Germany and have not even heard of this place before

    • Shane Banzet
      Shane Banzet Mês atrás +1

      That's an incredibly satisfying experience when you make a connection that you've been missing for years! 🤯

    • Rishikesh Mohite
      Rishikesh Mohite Mês atrás +6

      Happy for you. I have a disjointed memory mystery as well that I cannot remember or find out. Hope I get lucky like you.

  • Strave
    Strave 3 meses atrás +2576

    "Maybe not fountains, maybe some other big physical art stuff..."
    No Tom, don't compromise! Fountains! I demand more FOUNTAINS!

    • RambleOn07
      RambleOn07 2 meses atrás +1

      Back in my day, we would butter up rich people so that they would pay for our public works and get a snazzy plaque for them in return. Then the government came in and suddenly we are destroyed by taxes.

    • karabenomar
      karabenomar 3 meses atrás +1

      Gravity powered lava fountain at the foot of an active volcano. The cleanup afterwards would be a nightmare, but the sheer *spectacle*!

    • jason
      jason 3 meses atrás

      if I ever became a multi millionaire I'm gonna build at least one water fountain, free negative-ions! who don't like free things especially you spend millions building the source 🤣

    • 404 user not found
      404 user not found 3 meses atrás +3

      step 1: make a grand, massive, hollow statue
      step 2: make it a water game
      step 3: use remaining space inside the statue to store smaller artwork

    • Gabriel Diz
      Gabriel Diz 3 meses atrás


  • Naota Kenichi
    Naota Kenichi 3 meses atrás +129

    No your right, the money spent on projects like these back in the day went to local smiths, architects, masons, and landscapers. They were built to show of the engineering of the time, and for that purpose were built for the public.
    A Modern oversized private yacht sees all that money going to like one of 3 major luxury corporations that likely pay their workers a pittance.
    Disneyland brings tourism, a megamansion is a ridiculous exclusive theme park that will will only have like 5 people or less in it 90% of the time.

    • Anel Zukic
      Anel Zukic Mês atrás +1

      And most importantly, it is that all those trades and resources were sourced as much locally as possible. Nowadays a rich person will just order a yacht which will built somewhere else and delivered to that person. It would be a totally different story if that rich person would enable for his local community or the one where his yacht will be docked for the most part the possibility to construct such yachts. Also, the disconnection of the rich with their birthplace and place of residence i.e. taking pride in it and making sure it looks as good as possible is deeply worrying...

    • Mellie
      Mellie Mês atrás


    • Ellie
      Ellie Mês atrás +4

      There are actually a lot of small trade businesses involved in the building and maintenance of luxury yachts/parts for said yachts

    • TheHerrDark
      TheHerrDark Mês atrás +4

      The people who work on the yachts are paid professionals, you don't hire an idiot off the street to build something like that.

  • Daval
    Daval 3 meses atrás +267

    As a german, I can't fathom the fact that I just found out about this amazing place - and how 😀
    Thanks Tom! You just set the destination for my next trip!

    • Queen Elizabeth III
      Queen Elizabeth III Mês atrás

      @Wonglharke9000 French architect. If anyone should be proud it should be the French

    • Kayser
      Kayser Mês atrás

      i missed the siren thats it wtf

    • J-I F.W. BR
      J-I F.W. BR Mês atrás

      Its realy close to ICE station wilhelmshöhe so should be easy to visit by train.

    • Kayser
      Kayser 2 meses atrás

      @Max S. nah i always missed it

    • Max S.
      Max S. 2 meses atrás

      @Kayser Did you never hear the siren?

  • DroppedPasta
    DroppedPasta 3 meses atrás +737

    Crazy to think that rich folks used to build museums, libraries, and universities. Now it’s just mega yachts and space tourism

    • ThatUndeadLegacy
      ThatUndeadLegacy 19 dias atrás

      @HatelivesNextDoor Yes but i love those pens above the others and that matters the most to me.

    • HatelivesNextDoor
      HatelivesNextDoor 19 dias atrás

      @ThatUndeadLegacy i will even give you that space travel may have created the NEED for such a device, but had ZERO contribution to its invention other than creating the need.

    • HatelivesNextDoor
      HatelivesNextDoor 19 dias atrás

      @ThatUndeadLegacy were invented to support astronauts in a 0g environment. Developed FOR space travel, not as a result.

    • ThatUndeadLegacy
      ThatUndeadLegacy 19 dias atrás +1

      @HatelivesNextDoor ballpoint pens.

    • David Rojas
      David Rojas 19 dias atrás

      They are not available because some are still living there, wait until they die.

  • Damn Zodiak
    Damn Zodiak 3 meses atrás +76

    Never heard of this place and looked it up because of this video... and this is about 1-2 hours by train from where I live.
    I'm definitely going to visit this month. Thanks!

    • Mihkliri R.
      Mihkliri R. 3 meses atrás +2

      @Damn Zodiak perfect! have a safe and fun trip! :)

    • Damn Zodiak
      Damn Zodiak 3 meses atrás +2

      @Mihkliri R. Thanks. I'm going in couple days, so this was just on time :)

    • Mihkliri R.
      Mihkliri R. 3 meses atrás +6

      @Damn Zodiak Also: the Documenta 15 (a really big art exhibition across Kassel) just started so ti is definitely worth a visit!

    • Damn Zodiak
      Damn Zodiak 3 meses atrás +3

      @Lucas Thanks for the advice :)

    • Lucas
      Lucas 3 meses atrás +8

      very few parking spaces. It's best to park the car somewhere else when you're in Kassel and take the tram there. (Line "1" to station "Wilhelmshöhe").✌️

  • TheBoringEdward
    TheBoringEdward 3 meses atrás +4051

    Note: "Wasserspiele" may translate to "water games", however is probably supposed to mean "water plays", as in theatre plays.

    • Emily Smith
      Emily Smith 11 dias atrás

      Water and a show

    • This is a Vacation
      This is a Vacation Mês atrás

      I was taught spiele is play in the UK, even before I lived in and see it in use in Deutschland.
      Alike the work spiel,
      as in 'he's giving me his speil again'
      he's giving me his play again,
      when obviously conning or tricking.

    • Resomius
      Resomius Mês atrás +1

      @Skorpy Nekomimi good luck I havn´t figured out german grammar completlely after beeing born, growing up, beeing schooled and living here for 27 years. greetings from bavaria.

    • Skorpy Nekomimi
      Skorpy Nekomimi 3 meses atrás +1

      @JumpWithE Sprechen ze english?

    • JumpWithE
      JumpWithE 3 meses atrás +1

      @Skorpy Nekomimi DU HAST zumindest etwas gelernt

  • Bather
    Bather 3 meses atrás +32

    Beauty is never a waste. It's awesome that we can build things that can be enjoyed by generations of people. I wish flowers got half the consideration that street cleaning gets.

  • Daniel Nelson
    Daniel Nelson 3 meses atrás +35

    It’s sad that we live in a time where you have to say multiple times before, during, and after the video that rich people should do philanthropy, as if you’re not allowed to admire great decorative works without apologizing for it.

  • King of Sneks
    King of Sneks 2 meses atrás +20

    Ive always been obsessed with fountains and water-features. They've always had a place in my heart, just watching the water flow down from the top. This entire park is a estimate to how easily entertained humans can be and I appreciate that.

  • KevCo Research Laboratories

    Thank you, Tom, for your countless concise videos providing a glimpse into all of these fascinating places (and topics) I would have otherwise never even knew existed. Your work is appreciated!
    -Kevin [Chicago, USA]

  • J eagles
    J eagles 3 meses atrás +6072

    I like how the grand, meticulously carved statues proceed to make rubber chicken noises when water flows.

    • M Bryson
      M Bryson 2 meses atrás +3

      At the tip of the Yacht Club Breakwater in San Francisco, California they have a small park with what is called the Wave Organ. The tunes played by the pipes change with tides and weather, they vary seemingly infinitely.
      From sad siren songs to absolutely comical farting concerts you never know what you're going to hear on any given visit. Once I could have sworn it was doing cover versions of Hans Reichel's daxophone works.
      The Wave Organ never fails to entertain. 😊

    • BTF_Flotsam
      BTF_Flotsam 3 meses atrás +4

      I mean, they didn't have rubber chickens back then, so they probably didn't think it sounded like them.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 3 meses atrás +4

      Well, when the rubber chicken was invented, it was considered quite a feat of acoustics.

    • Nikols Kolnik
      Nikols Kolnik 3 meses atrás +7

      I kinda felt that it harmonized at the last second of footage.

    • Mira C.
      Mira C. 3 meses atrás +4

      Sounded more like bagpipes imo. 🤔😁

  • Doug Garrett
    Doug Garrett 3 meses atrás +11

    I visited Bergpark about 15 or so years ago and loved it, but since I don't speak german and my friends that took me didn't know or explain how it worked this video has made me realize it was even more amazing than I thought. Thanks Tom!

    • Michael S.
      Michael S. 5 dias atrás

      you can get an english speaking guided tour there nowadays! The most interesting fact for me was, that they hid the openings to the pipes during WW2. Because the nazis would have taken all the steel piping for manufacturing weapons.

  • Cameron Schmit
    Cameron Schmit 3 meses atrás +4

    The sound is an amazing part of the whole thing. Just so amazing and creative to not “waste” the moving, displaced air

  • aegisgyu
    aegisgyu 3 meses atrás +5

    there are so many fountains in my city in germany and i love them so much

  • ThePantyRaid
    ThePantyRaid Mês atrás

    This is incredible, never seen this particular location until now. I feel like we underestimate what humans hundreds of years ago were capable of. For anyone interested another location that blew my mind was the Apennine colossus statue build in the 16th century.

  • Nick Vanni
    Nick Vanni 3 meses atrás +3929

    It may just be me, but I love public gardens like these that bring tourists and locals out into the outdoors. It's a great way to protect nature while also showcasing art, I hope projects like this will continue existing for years to come.

    • Teuwufel
      Teuwufel 2 meses atrás

      @FalschRum Boo-hoo.

    • Teuwufel
      Teuwufel 2 meses atrás

      @Caldermologist Let's hope it's not in ruin now.

    • Charles C.
      Charles C. 3 meses atrás +1

      @FalschRum The shipping industry creates more emissions than all automobiles combined, but you whine when public works do not protect natural beauty more than they already do? Vanity projects are easy targets to pick on, but there are plenty of more important ones, and this would not even make it into the 10000th place

    • Beatriz Zacharias
      Beatriz Zacharias 3 meses atrás

      @imageez I wish more companies had projects like this, focusing on the immersion instead of the gimmicks. I will never understand how wait 4 hours for a 5 minute ride is defined as a good experience.

    • Martin Winter
      Martin Winter 3 meses atrás +1

      The National Trust in the UK is an amazing example of protecting historic buildings, gardens and parks, and how to make them accessible to the public.

  • Blaubeeröl
    Blaubeeröl 20 dias atrás +3

    Ich liebe die Videos die Tom hier in Deutschland gedreht hat. Sind einfach super interessant und natürlich lerne selbst ich als Deutscher immer mehr weitere tolle Orte in und um Deutschland herum durch diese Videos kennen.
    Dafür würde ich mich einfach mal gerne bedanken.
    Mach weiter so und Liebe Grüße aus dem Schwabenland.

  • Jannik Heidrich
    Jannik Heidrich 3 meses atrás +9

    yahoo thats my home city right there
    since my childhood i was always amazed by the Wasserspiele, but not only was it something amazing back then, learning and understanding more and more of it and realizing the scale of it amazes me again and again.
    So cool to have the one and only Tom Scott showing this to the world!
    Thank you for visiting :)

  • R E A D Y d o t
    R E A D Y d o t Mês atrás

    We have just visited the park today! At precisely 14:30 the plays start! The place was absolutely packed. And people were really all following the water to the different stations. The romantic parts are definitely my favourite!

  • Tyson Bailey
    Tyson Bailey Mês atrás

    This is the best suggestion I've seen, love it. I always dreamed of building just the most massive castle on top of a mountain.

  • Evan Edinger
    Evan Edinger 3 meses atrás +7660

    Alles was ich brauche um glücklich zu sein sind mehr Tom Scott Videos in Deutschland

    • EinChris75
      EinChris75 3 meses atrás

      @Manas Pradhan Adolf, bist du's?

    • valentina roldan
      valentina roldan 3 meses atrás

      @Dopamine Cloud go back to making piano videos, mr anime 🙇🏼‍♀️

    • Dopamine Cloud
      Dopamine Cloud 3 meses atrás

      @valentina roldan walking ad for how not to act online

    • Manas Pradhan
      Manas Pradhan 3 meses atrás

      Deutschland Deutschland ubër alles

    • Oh Nobus
      Oh Nobus 3 meses atrás

      @Slevin Kelevra dachte ich mir auch, bester Promo Move für Kassel

  • Ashbury
    Ashbury 2 meses atrás +3

    absolutely amazing architecture and scenery! looks like some old ruins from lord of the rings

  • Don Carlo di Vargas
    Don Carlo di Vargas 3 meses atrás +2

    It's a good thing someone found a use for gravity, it is mostly a nuisance

  • L.O. B.
    L.O. B. 3 meses atrás +1

    I used to joke about how these Skyrim dungeons had complex lever riddles seemingly all mechanical in nature. After watching this, they might have been able to pull that off.

  • Leofels
    Leofels 3 meses atrás

    They're so great! :D
    I loved them as a child. We've visited them quite a few times in my childhood even though we've had to travel a long way to get there :)

  • Thomas Winwood
    Thomas Winwood 3 meses atrás +3633

    I'm curious to know if the trumpets were originally in tune and have drifted over the years or if they were always a cacophony, since they sound like they might originally have been a scale.

    • BlackSarlacc
      BlackSarlacc 3 meses atrás +1

      @EkiToji indeed. The key thing to notice is that the effects are also dependent on the circumference of the pipes. Which can/will change over time due to dirt and rust. Which is why the instruments will be out of tune after a while. The rest was predictable and known for quite a while.

    • EkiToji
      EkiToji 3 meses atrás +1

      @BlackSarlacc Obviously they're proportional terms but we tend to say it's the head that pressurizes the air. It's a trompe that uses the Venturi effect to create a low pressure region that can suck in air and then it gets compressed based on the hydraulic head.

    • Shawn Murphy
      Shawn Murphy 3 meses atrás

      This is a fine question

    • durdleduc
      durdleduc 3 meses atrás +3

      @Jon Johns from what i understand about how these systems work, they could find a way to evenly divide the pressure in the way that produces a harmonic. it would be impossible to predict exactly what notes it would produce, but they could be roughly proportional to one another with the right design.

    • urbansnipe
      urbansnipe 3 meses atrás +11

      They did mention they operate the whole thing very slowly now because of it age as water hammer would likely burst those pipes in a moment thats probably why

  • Quentin Thibault
    Quentin Thibault 2 meses atrás

    I’m adding this to my list of things to get done!! Thank you for sharing water games!

  • Brian Jones
    Brian Jones 16 dias atrás +1

    Totally agree with the title. And some of this showing off still goes to benefit us on the whole. I love these gardens and without eccentric men and women from the past they wouldn't exist at all.

  • Márk Varga
    Márk Varga Mês atrás

    Two months after watching the video, I happened to be in a situation where I could visit, and it was indeed magnificent!
    Do be advised, the actual show is only on Wednesdays and Sundays from 2:30pm.

  • Babington Academy Computer Science

    I have been there! It is an awesome place for a picnic. It was a lovely drive from where I lived near Bielefeld. I had no idea that the history of the Wasserspiele was so interesting.

  • Anson Craig
    Anson Craig 3 meses atrás

    Your videos are always so interesting, but way too short without enough information. Every video has me completely captivated, then it just ends. You make a great introduction to a topic. But that is it.

  • CAl3vara
    CAl3vara 3 meses atrás

    You absolutely need to cover the amazing insanity that is the Bayernhof Museum in Pittsburgh. Ostensibly described as a music box museum it is the single most insanely amazing tour of a location I've ever done.

  • Iohann Roloff
    Iohann Roloff 3 meses atrás +2

    Lindo! Realmente um show de águas. Acho que o jogo era fazer mais bonito que o dono anterior fez hahhahah

  • Digital Fungus
    Digital Fungus Mês atrás

    I would like to see more with interesting and unique engineering even if it is only for that 1 project.

  • Schattengewächs
    Schattengewächs 3 meses atrás +2335

    Before the industrial age, the water features at the Palace of Versailles had so little pressure available that technicians had to individually switch features on and off depending on where the people where promenading to and which features were in their eyesight.

    • Frederica Panon
      Frederica Panon 3 meses atrás

      @The Caboose at the End of the Train To be fair the landscape around Versailles is rather flat. So that makes it hard to get naturally gravity-fed water pressure.

    • Scoper  🏳️‍🌈⃠
      Scoper  🏳️‍🌈⃠ 3 meses atrás

      @Franziska Nagel bruh

    • litam tondy
      litam tondy 3 meses atrás +1

      @The Caboose at the End of the Train At the time, German engineers didn't exist, because Germany wasn't even a country. But if you refer to the historical region and its engineers, then I'm afraid they were more busy losing wars to France than contributing in the building of the grandest palaces in the world.

    • Ami
      Ami 3 meses atrás +2

      @Franziska Nagel And how many people visit Shwetzingen every year compared to Versailles? That's what I thought....

    • kusal
      kusal 3 meses atrás +2

      Ah, so I see the technique of occlusion culling has predated computer graphics by several hundred years

  • DocMeta
    DocMeta 3 meses atrás +1

    I would consider this a contribution to society since it’s public now. Great works are what bring our existence purpose

  • oldandnew2
    oldandnew2 3 meses atrás +2

    You came to my hometown of Kassel! I'm glad you enjoyed this engineering marvel and shared it with the world. If you can squeeze it into your travel plans, I'd highly suggest you come to Kassel this summer when documenta is happening. In this once-every-five-year art exhibit the entire city is transformed from a provincial center into somewhat of a world city. Hit me up if you'd like to get a tour from a Kassel native some time in June or July.

  • BlueCyann
    BlueCyann Mês atrás +1

    I've seen the Kassel Wasserspiele. It's spectacular and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • KillTheFuture42
    KillTheFuture42 3 meses atrás

    I live literaly 60 minutes away from this magnificent sight and never even heard of it before. Thanks to you i now have a great idea where to go next.

  • Chookmin
    Chookmin 3 meses atrás +1582

    I find there is a significant lack of fountains in modern life.

    • Eljan Rimsa
      Eljan Rimsa Mês atrás

      Visit Nürnberg!

    • Toefoo100
      Toefoo100 2 meses atrás

      @Thingaloo muh source
      Go be a f somewhere else

    • Thingaloo
      Thingaloo 2 meses atrás

      @Toefoo100 who are you referring to exactly, and where are your sources?

    • Thingaloo
      Thingaloo 2 meses atrás

      @Splarkszter then start with yourself

    • Thingaloo
      Thingaloo 2 meses atrás

      @Travel Know Hau we should just have separate water grids for potable and non potable

  • ༒Gorm Auslander༒
    ༒Gorm Auslander༒ 3 meses atrás +2

    I agree. I read about things like the worlds fair in Paris where they literally built the most iconic piece of French architecture, and the world's tallest structure for the time, simply for the party.
    I miss when people filled the world with wonder.

  • Jason Dashney
    Jason Dashney Mês atrás +1

    It's very sad to me that we live in such a culture of fear that you feel the need to start and end it with a disclaimer about rich people helping everyone else with their money. That's 100% virtue signalling because taking it out would not remove any important details about this place that you like. I completely understand why you did it because you do not want controversy, I'm just saying it makes me sad that that's the world we live in now. It definitely would be controversial for you to say that you want a rich person to build something cool. I think the fact that people cater to these mobs is a big problem though. Again, I completely understand why people do but I still think it contributes to the problem.

  • lxpwsk1
    lxpwsk1 3 meses atrás +1

    Ha! This is actually the town I was born in, we used to hang out in that park when I was a teenager. Kassel might not be the most famous spot but there's one or two reasons to pay a visit. Thanks for remind me, it indeed brings back memories.

  • Macgregorfb
    Macgregorfb 3 meses atrás +1

    Thanks for showing this, Tom! I've actually got a tattoo booked in Kassel in September; needless to say, I'll be checking this out!

  • Zeku-Chan
    Zeku-Chan 3 meses atrás +1498

    My manager: “Sir you have enough money to donate to-“
    Me: “We building a fountain”
    Manager: “But what about the-“
    Me: “The horns? We will have those too”

    • Burry Bondz
      Burry Bondz 12 dias atrás

      @Riccardo deCecco or wells where it is sorely needed

    • Riccardo deCecco
      Riccardo deCecco 12 dias atrás

      @Burry Bondz I believe in the public benefit of public work programmes: BUILD MORE FOUNTAINS!

    • Burry Bondz
      Burry Bondz 12 dias atrás

      @Riccardo deCecco or if you have tens of millions of dollars you can open your own charity or directly give money to ppl (harder and the logistics is insane)

    • Burry Bondz
      Burry Bondz 12 dias atrás

      @Riccardo deCecco Well, donate to charities with open books.

    • Riccardo deCecco
      Riccardo deCecco Mês atrás +1

      @popopop984 there is no thing like a "good charity".

  • Gaia
    Gaia 3 meses atrás

    I've been there when I was a kid and I still remember how cool it was, it was huge!

  • Average name
    Average name 2 meses atrás

    So cool that even back in the day they used the sound and made it look like it was intentional so amazing 👏

  • ImTheDaveman
    ImTheDaveman 3 meses atrás

    I totally agree! WOW! This is amazing historically and for as long as it remains functional!

  • Lennart
    Lennart 2 meses atrás +1

    Many waterfeatures like these increase the level of oxygen in the water, which is great for wildlife in many places.

  • Bruce Simpson
    Bruce Simpson 29 dias atrás

    What an amazing place! i'm so glad to have been introduced to this.

  • Studio Alsar
    Studio Alsar 3 meses atrás +4

    Loving the stuff you cover in Germany and I don't need to read the subtitles for it :D but kidding aside, keep wowing us with these finds :3

  • Delta Conference
    Delta Conference 3 meses atrás

    This video brings me back to my essay on Villa d'Este and its thousands of fountains including its water organ are powered solely by water and gravity. People are really amazing that they achieved these hundred years ago.

  • Audrey Doyle
    Audrey Doyle Mês atrás

    I actually have a design in mind of a water feature that also grows crops and generates electricity at the same time, two birds one stone. Now I just need to become insanely rich

  • PhantomRaptor1
    PhantomRaptor1 3 meses atrás +2548

    I'm not sure what surprised me more: the fact that people made this, or the fact that people made this 300 years ago.
    Excellent video as always, Tom! I'm excited for whatever you have planned next.

    • William Owen
      William Owen Mês atrás

      @Stormin Mormon Average IQ, by less than a point. There are still lots of smart people.

    • ムゲンMugen
      ムゲンMugen 3 meses atrás

      Are you serious? There is way more interesting things created thousands of years ago

    • keldone
      keldone 3 meses atrás +4

      have you ever seen rome?
      People made this even 2000 Years ago xD.
      They freaking flooded the colloseum just to replay naval battles

    • ok. ok.
      ok. ok. 3 meses atrás +3

      Everyone always talks about Egypt when talking about the crazy technological advancements but when talking about moving water the Roman Empire we’re true aqueduct geniuses and they moved lots of water enough for entire cities in dry areas by the ocean.

    • Yes
      Yes 3 meses atrás +3

      Well people are already making hydro-powered humanoid automatons (or robots) like, 900 years ago. Just fyi

  • Some guy
    Some guy 3 meses atrás

    I once met a guy who worked on the restauration of the Herkules statue.
    they got a massive crane to lift the head because they expected it to be very heavy.
    turns out the crane was overkill because the head is mostly hollow and only weighs a few hunded pounds

  • PlumaDePrimavera
    PlumaDePrimavera 24 dias atrás

    And my thought process here (before watching the video) was that the water from the fountain cools the air in that area and also waters the plants a tiny bit if the water is carried away by wind XD

  • Russian Doll
    Russian Doll 3 meses atrás

    truly a masterpiece. both the waterspiele and the video. 👏🏻👏🏻

  • Working Guy
    Working Guy 3 meses atrás

    I had no clue something like this existed. I now feel like I am missing out by not visiting it. So marvelous.

  • Paul Morales
    Paul Morales 3 meses atrás +841

    Let's make a kickstarter for a fountain with a gigantic Tom Scott statue on it.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 3 meses atrás +3

      @waveofmist Wearing nothing but a red t-shirt.

    • Propio
      Propio 3 meses atrás

      @Rolf S AY, Taskmaster and Tom Scott, hooray for common interests! 😜

    • Ayrshore
      Ayrshore 3 meses atrás +1

      don''t give Max Fosh ideas!

    • Rolf S
      Rolf S 3 meses atrás

      @Zyt L And _that_ made me think of Taskmaster and Ed Gamble putting Alex Horne in the bathtub. (Because I doubt Rhod Gilbert's water feature involving Alex is safe for public display. And would probably get veto-ed very hard by Tom.)

    • Mumba Mumba
      Mumba Mumba 3 meses atrás +1

      With the body features of Hercules.

  • Deja
    Deja 2 meses atrás

    To me this is scary.... Knowing that 300+ years ago, there was a load of people doing this way smarter than I could ever be. Mind you, I at least know and can respect the lives that must have been lost 300 years ago to make such a spectacle.

  • Riccardo deCecco
    Riccardo deCecco Mês atrás +1

    Fun fact: the building of these water-plays created jobs for hundreds, and even thousands of people over the centuries, paying highly skilled craftsmen (who could use their skills then also for other purposes), stone-masonry and metal working, gave money to simple workers carrying building materials, paying architects, garden planners and plumbing specialists, was raising the standards of architecture, gardening and agriculture in the region. Today tourism to this site is sweeping millions and millions each year into the local economy. Bill Gates, however, decided to spent his trillions into projects to poison the world.....

  • Tuna Feesh
    Tuna Feesh 3 meses atrás +1

    If it's true in art that creativity thrives when limitations are placed on the artist, I believe it's also true with engineering. It always amazes me the way people solved problems before they had the modern technology we do today.

    • EatenByAGrue
      EatenByAGrue 3 meses atrás

      It's still true today. Engineers and scientists are pushing the boundaries of what we can do with today's technology in order to produce tomorrow's.

  • Julia Cornell
    Julia Cornell 2 meses atrás

    Ahhhh I remember going here as a kid! We went on vacation to Germany, and my siblings and I thought this place was sooo cool. The Hercules statue was under scaffolding, though :/ I live in Germany now, I gotta go back.

  • Channelknight Fadran
    Channelknight Fadran 3 meses atrás +620

    Just for you Tom... when I'm incredibly rich, I'm going to build a randomly-activated water/fire fountain surrounded by 2D modernistic illusion arts inside a discontinued nuclear power plant surrounded by giant mechanical animals.
    And I'll rent it out to TV show directors from time to time and allow them to film epic title sequences there.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 3 meses atrás

      @Bernd S Yes. Also, it also legally owns itself, and it legally cannot demolish its incorrect models of dinosaurs.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 3 meses atrás

      @Channelknight Fadran No, but it's located on a crumbling cliff that can be accessed by a turntable ferry that's guided by a Moire light, over a lake that also functions as a large battery that's been running for a century.

    • Bernd S
      Bernd S 3 meses atrás +4

      @Vigilant Cosmic Penguin but the more important question is: does it have to legally wobble?

    • Channelknight Fadran
      Channelknight Fadran 3 meses atrás +16

      @Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Aha, but does yours include a carousel that tests public toll roads without speed limits that you can fire a gun over?

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 3 meses atrás +18

      That'll have to compete with my project once I build a zero-gravity indoor waterpark containing a diving gondola that runs sideways and a poison garden covered in tires that you can hit with a hammer, located inside a tiny skyscraper surrounded by a chainmail box, that can be accessed by riding a couch down a musical road that's beneath an active gun range, on a national border.

  • Rea Chandler
    Rea Chandler 3 meses atrás

    What an amazing place! Thankyou for sharing this experience 😊

  • Guillermo Ortiz
    Guillermo Ortiz 3 meses atrás

    This was not only beautifully shot, the quality of the image is superb! Does anyone know the camera gear that was used?

  • DOOM667
    DOOM667 Mês atrás +1

    you were in my hometown??? amazing !! hope you enjoyed your staying!
    since watergames are only once a while. water is not running always. the waterfall (aquädukt) we used to hang out on it after our party nights. its very high.

  • Peter
    Peter 2 meses atrás

    I have some sort of fear towards large mechanisms with water tanks in them in dark and enclosed spaces (think, abandoned indoor waterpark with pools still filled with water, and with all the dark and mossy water outlets and whatnot). Even just thinking about going into these "fountains" gives me the chills - especially with the horns being blown.

  • getDizzy4free
    getDizzy4free 3 meses atrás

    I like how you formulate an idea at the end of the video without supporting it with any kind of your own gibberish talk (like "It's a great idea because blablabla"). Instead, you let the visuals and technology speak for themselves, leaving it up to the viewers to judge their true value. I wish this was more common across social media these days.

  • Steven Brian Johnstone

    I agree Tom, I feel that a Quantumly complemented computer guided fountain should be the desire of all wealthy cleypto investors. I mean, what's a billion?

  • Reece Martin
    Reece Martin 3 meses atrás

    There was a similar gravity fountain I saw, near it had old metal forming hammers that were water powered. Can’t remember where it was

  • sodaaccount
    sodaaccount Mês atrás +1

    The Bergpark is amazing. There are so many spots off the waters main path where you can sit at waterfalls, in the shade of trees and just enjoy nature. Lots of different birds and even raccoons to watch. And if you stay away from the fountain you can enjoy it without seeing anybody. As if you were the nobleman, with exclusive usage rights :D
    Glad you liked it!

    • Michael S.
      Michael S. 5 dias atrás

      Don't forget the rose gardens where in spring time you can smell the roses, and often times marihuana too.

  • Justin Koenig
    Justin Koenig 3 meses atrás +905

    incredible engineering. the fact that it is 300 years old is INCREDIBLE.

    • GM 99
      GM 99 3 meses atrás

      Back when art and engineering worked in sinergy

    • Zaire
      Zaire 3 meses atrás +1

      @Sauvenil That's the problem I was eluding to. In general, we build cheap and short-term now, especially outside Europe in land that was modernised in more recent years, such as the US, Australia, Canada, etc. They doesn't have the volume of existing centuries-old architecture from past ages.
      Now you'd be lucky to see buildings constructed that can outlive a person.

    • Sauvenil
      Sauvenil 3 meses atrás +1

      @Zaire Modern is cheap. It's not like we can't make these things anymore. We just... don't.

    • Primodernious
      Primodernious 3 meses atrás

      actually its more like 2000 year old if we include the chinese rockets of ancient china.

    • Mischekuppe
      Mischekuppe 3 meses atrás +2

      It was build by Germans...what did you expect? 😂👌

  • k4yser
    k4yser 3 meses atrás +1

    For a second I though you are at the "Adolf Mittag See" within the city park of my city. The fountain and the crypt nearly looked identical. Those lake side fountains are relatively common in Germany.

  • Størm Crimson
    Størm Crimson 3 meses atrás

    In my dreams of grandeur I thought of building an artificial mountain in the middle of my city (rather large land area covered by the concrete foundation of a communist project that was never finished) and add in it an oversized heron's fountain

  • mmmBoyo
    mmmBoyo 19 dias atrás

    funny thing about "building something to last", the main architect behind this built most of it out of sandstone because it was cheap. He was so scared it would fall apart in a few years due to sandstone being very erodible that he left the country. It still stands cause he underestimated his own work, and also because many parts of the structure have been replaced.

  • Jacob Slump
    Jacob Slump Mês atrás

    I was expecting fountains to somehow offer a niche solution to a problem. Tom: “I like big, old fountains”

  • JPTrick
    JPTrick 3 meses atrás +738

    I was not ready for the sound of those horns. Imagine being a well timed tourist there and not knowing what those are in the slightest.

    • David Linn's Subliminals
      David Linn's Subliminals 3 meses atrás +1

      imagine hearing those horns sound off and WW2 is still going on.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 3 meses atrás

      @Judge Éomer I was also thinking the noise is very menacing. I think a horror movie could have that sound.

    • FotY
      FotY 3 meses atrás +4

      @Ellice Ramsay-Slavic Everything.

    • Ellice Ramsay-Slavic
      Ellice Ramsay-Slavic 3 meses atrás +11

      @Judge Éomer fresh water, but at what cost?xD

    • Farhad Noor
      Farhad Noor 3 meses atrás +21

      This has quite literally happened to me I was taken there by family not knowing what was in store.

  • Wurzel des Problems
    Wurzel des Problems 3 meses atrás +1

    Okay, I just googled that. I live less then two hours away from that place and I have never heard of it. Honestly a bit more of advertisment for your german tourist attractions would be great - why do I have to watch an english speaking youtuber to tell me about cool stuff in my home country that I have never even heard off?!

  • Wut
    Wut 3 meses atrás +1

    Congrats on 5 mill!!! Been here since 500k crazy to see how far you've come in such a short period

  • alida flus
    alida flus 3 meses atrás +2

    "Maybe not fountains, maybe some other big physical art stuff..." No Tom, don't compromise! Fountains! I demand more FOUNTAINS!

  • Gary Wheeler
    Gary Wheeler 3 meses atrás +2

    Maybe all things should be "built to last for centuries"! Lets use more concrete, protected steel, and less plastic and oil based materials.

  • GrassMoss
    GrassMoss 3 meses atrás +645

    Actually, it's not a bad point. Spending money to have works of art built is an action that has value to all of us.

    • Bernd S
      Bernd S 3 meses atrás +1

      @berlineczka or buy themselves NFTs. ridicolous

    • Aniruddha Chatterjee
      Aniruddha Chatterjee 3 meses atrás

      Art is subjective.

    • PistonAvatarGuy
      PistonAvatarGuy 3 meses atrás

      @Norneda No, buddy, I just happened to look past the marketing hype, which is far, FAR more than you've done. You just have absolutely no idea how ridiculous these proposals really are, it's hilarious, and quite sad.
      I bet you're someone who believes that the SpaceX Starship will replace airliners. Come back here in ten years, let me know how that worked out.

    • Norneda
      Norneda 3 meses atrás +1

      @PistonAvatarGuy You really just have no knowledge about the developments in comemrcial space flights of the last 30 years.

    • PistonAvatarGuy
      PistonAvatarGuy 3 meses atrás +1

      @Norneda You're just on another planet, aren't you? I said that HUMAN spaceflight is not sustainable without public funding. Blue Origin is not building a space station for NASA, regardless of their claims. Blue Origin doesn't know anything about building space stations and are so inept that they can't even build an orbital rocket, despite working on the development of one for 20 years!
      For human spaceflight to be profitable, SOMEONE has to pay for the rockets, SpaceX is not going to be giving them away for free. The fares for human TOURISTS will not cover the cost of the development and operation of rockets, nor will it cover the cost of the development, launch and operation of space stations. There just aren't enough people who are interested in being space TOURISTS and who also have enough money to make space tourism viable as a private business.
      At the rate that they're currently destroying the economy, the rich aren't even going to have a source of income in the coming decades!

  • Aaryn Taylor
    Aaryn Taylor 3 meses atrás

    Am I crazy to think ancient civilizations had this ten fold. Maybe not the fountain, but just controlling massive amounts of water.

  • Andrew Kalwitz
    Andrew Kalwitz 3 meses atrás

    I clicked this video cuz the randomness of the title was hilarious to me. I thought maybe it was just going to be a rant, that rich ppl aren't making enough weird fountains. Turned out to be a very nicely done video.

  • TheSpoonKing
    TheSpoonKing 3 meses atrás +2

    People never appreciate the wonders and innovations that exist only because people were rich enough to throw money away on it for the prestige of the thing, long before it could have been practical.

  • Sally Bilzon
    Sally Bilzon Mês atrás

    The water features at Chatsworth are by no means as spectacular, but the Emperor Fountain, which is also gravity-fed, reaches 90 metres in height.

  • nipi tiri
    nipi tiri 3 meses atrás +423

    I agree, we have a disturbing lack of newly built pyramids

    • Максим Цыба
      Максим Цыба 2 meses atrás

      @Viroh I actually saw a huge book about this semi-conspiracy theory once, so I guess he's not trolling but rather referencing it

    • laus 99
      laus 99 3 meses atrás

      just yesterday I saw a video (by Anastasi in tech) explaining how human brain cells are grown and interfaced such as to perform computing processes (instead of silicon chips)
      -perhaps things like that are our modern day equivalent to the pyramids +all back then..

    • Rumford Chimpenstein
      Rumford Chimpenstein 3 meses atrás

      @Viroh no he's just relaying a basic fact for the misinformed such as yourself. there is literally zero evidence the pyramids were tombs. out of the thousands found, only one has had bodies buried in it and they weren't in a dedicated chamber. their burial appears to be unrelated to construction.

    • Rumford Chimpenstein
      Rumford Chimpenstein 3 meses atrás

      @BTF_Flotsam the Luxor is hollow steel, it won't last a hundred years meanwhile the real pyramids last many thousands.

    • Viroh
      Viroh 3 meses atrás +5

      @Jim26D nice troll, tinfoil hats off to you sir

  • Ecospider5
    Ecospider5 3 meses atrás

    Grass is the most prolific vanity feature. Centuries ago you had to have a tone of money to plant a crop that had no actual use and required weekly care and a ton of water.

  • Secabre Pheox
    Secabre Pheox 3 meses atrás +1

    Some super rich guy: How should I show off my wealth?
    Tom Scott: Hear me out

  • Cunibon
    Cunibon 3 meses atrás

    I am German and am learning so much stuff about my own country by Tom's videos.

  • Kyle Grefe
    Kyle Grefe 2 meses atrás +1

    The money here does help people. It employs those who are making, and then those that are maintaining, the fountain. It also creates a tourist attraction, which could help the economy of the area, and besides all that, it would juat look cool, and be a pleasant experience for everyone to go and see it.

  • djsomeguy
    djsomeguy 3 meses atrás +632

    It would have been nice to see more behind the scenes stuff here, like how it's all piped and filled and how high up the tank is to create the pressures and whatnot.

    • Eeshan Khan
      Eeshan Khan 3 meses atrás +1

      And it uses valves as "pressure capacitors".

    • Lucky Nils
      Lucky Nils 3 meses atrás +88

      Actually there isn't so much to see. I live about 100 meters away from the Bergpark where this is located. The Reservoir in the Videos is one of the few parts of the "inner working" Parts that anyone can see. Most of pipes are just buried and the valves are in simple holes in the ground. And because of the the planers wanted to make it seem like the Park is even bigger than it is, there are only a few sightlines an getting a feel for the scale of everything is even in person hard. In a museum are some Diagrams and maps, but even with those and growing up here it is really hard to wrap your head around what is where in relation to each other.
      As far as pressure build up ist concerned well the Reservoir for the fountain is about 60m higher than the "Fontänenteich"( The Fountain lake) hidden in the forest about 1 Km up the hill.

    • graceygrumble
      graceygrumble 3 meses atrás

      Google is your friend! ;)

    • Caldermologist
      Caldermologist 3 meses atrás +21

      That is explained in the video. It is filled during winter and spring, by snow and rain. Once the water has reached the bottom it is not pumped back up.

  • Perryno1
    Perryno1 3 meses atrás

    Projects like this can inspire kids to become the worlds future hydroelectric engineers!