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Kassel Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe visiting logistics

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Hi, my dad (age 79) will be traveling to Germany in October. He will spend several days in Würzburg and he wants to visit Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe on a Sunday so he can watch the water features in the afternoon.

He is in good health and speaks German. He has asked my assistance to find more information for him in terms of visiting logistics.

Here are my questions:
1) He'll have to take Tram No.1 from Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe to the park. He's concerned about how to buy a ticket for the tram ride. Can you pay the driver when you get on the tram, or do you have to buy it from a kiosk/automated machine? (he had trouble in Germany in the past when the machines wouldn't take cash/coins nor his US CC.)

2) The official website recommends walking up the park. Although my dad is in good health, he isn't sure if he's up to hiking up to the Hercules monument (anyone know how high up that is)? I have conflicting info in terms of transport up the park.
This website
"Take the line 3 to the final stop "Druseltal", change to the bus line 22 and take it to the Hercules."

The same website (on a different page)
" However, there is also the possibility of reaching the most important stations with the so-called Bergparkbus (Mountain Park Bus – line 23) of the KVG (local public transit provider)."

The Bergparkbus obviously seems much easier if it is just 1 ride. Can anyone confirm that, and where do you pick up the bus??? At the entrance of the park at the bottom?

My dad has no problems walking down the park.

3) Taking the train from Würzburg to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe. I checked DB website - basically he either 2 ticket options? Either buy the Savings Fare (which limits him to specific trains) or the Standard Fare (flexible train schedule)? The Savings Fare is much cheaper than the Standard Fare (58 EUR vs 114 EUR). Am I missing other ticket options?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide. I tried google searches but 1st hand experiences in English were lacking. There was 1 thread from July 2013 here that was quite useful.

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