© Evgeni Tcherkasski

Edersee region: The perfect contrast program!

Seven places that couldn't be more different.

Places & Culture

Action and adventure or rather peace and romance? Do you prefer Mozart and marzipan or paragliding and golf tournaments? Should it be more of a feel-good oasis or a wildlife park? Canoe tour or climbing garden instead of museum and painting course? In the Edersee region, the proverbial “everyone can be happy according to their own style”. The Edersee itself and the friendly towns and communities in the neighborhood are considered a true Eldorado for nature lovers and hikers, water sports fans, active vacationers and culture lovers.

Families in particular get their money's worth here at any time of the year. Whether it's water fun at the lake, a giant slide in the adventure pool, a blast down the summer toboggan run, a visit to the wildlife park, a fairy tale festival in the spa park or a children's festival with great games - in the Edersee region, it's the little ones who make it big. What the cities and communities offer in terms of diverse sports and leisure facilities is only surpassed by the attractive cultural and event program.

This unusual mixture is what makes our region so special.

So what will it be?

Picturesque half-timbered houses characterize the region, they stand in contrast to the magnificent resort architecture with baroque buildings and Art Nouveau villas in Bad Wildungen. While traditional festivals are celebrated in the villages, Bad Wildungen shines with dance, international art and culture and stages exhibitions, music and concerts.

The national park communities of Edertal and Vöhl and the national park town of Waldeck are closest to the lake. Edertal includes the dam wall, the aqua park, the wild animal park, the climbing park and the treetop path. Vöhl is simply perfect for relaxation: It is home to some exceptional hosts and the Kellerwald National Park Center in Herzhausen. The Edersee Atlantis first comes to light in the Vöhler area, where the Aseler Bridge is located. There is also an outdoor pool in Vöhl and Marienhaben. Waldeck is the namesake of the entire region (district of Waldeck-Frankenberg) and the princely house. Waldeck Castle towers over the lake and also seems to protect the pretty old town. Among other things, the small cable car, the lido, the Freienhagen outdoor pool and a golf course belong to Waldeck.

The national park town of Frankenau is located in the west and, together with the Kellerwald Clock, is the gateway to the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park. Frankenau has a long tradition as a holiday and recreation destination. The Quernstkapelle touches many people spiritually and emotionally. It is a soul place.

Fritzlar, including the cathedral, is still an insider tip. The Middle Ages can only be seen on the outside - Fritzlar is still protected by a city wall with numerous towers. The gray tower is one of the tallest surviving urban defense towers in Germany. The 5 towers view of the city alone is worth a visit. The flair of the market square is framed by a unique half-timbered ensemble, which houses cafés and restaurants as well as lovely little shops. Cultural summer, Advent in the courtyards or the medieval Emperor's Festival are the highlights of the program of events.

Lichtenfels consists of small, unexcited half-timbered towns embedded in the gentle landscape. They are ideal for relaxing, quiet days. Where Waldecker Land and Sauerland meet, the Lichtenfelser Panoramaweg surprises with an intact castle, a palace and the ruins of a manor, a monastery and the former princely church. The former mill is now a Sunday café, and the old school has become a village meeting place and pub.

Bad Wildungen

© Reckhard Pfeil

Edertal National Park Municipality

© 3H Media Works/Heinz Hilberg

National park town of Frankenau

© National Park City of Frankenau


© Ulrike Kess

Culture & Events

Music and literature in almost all variations, important festivals, markets, theatre, cabaret and hearty folk festivals characterize the calendar of events in the region all year round.

Unique art treasures in the cathedral and churches are just waiting to be discovered by you, as are proud castles and palaces, pretty townscapes with typical half-timbered houses, magnificent resort architecture or the interesting exhibitions in the various museums. No matter which direction you prefer, theatre, music from classic to pop, exhibitions of paintings and sculptures, churches from the cathedral to the small village church, museums from the silent indoor to the lively open-air museum, cabaret on exciting stages, classical concerts in castles or large open -Air festivals – we have a variety of options.

About the cover photo:

Evgeni tcherkasski

has made it a matter of the heart to reach for the stars. On his Instagram page @evgeni_tch he impressively shows how beautiful a starry sky can be in our region.

"On clear, moonless nights, the stars in the Edersee region simply shine most beautifully!"

by Evgeni Tcherkasski

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