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Welcome to the Kellerwald-Edersee nature and national park.

Forest, mountains and water become a dream setting for hikers and cyclists.


The Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park is located in wooded northern Hesse and surrounds the national park of the same name, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even in Roman times, the beech was the predominant tree species in Germania. Our cellar forest is one of the rare remnants of this primeval forest. It is exceptional in its size and originality and is therefore valuable and worth protecting. In the middle of it all, the 27 km long Edersee winds its way through the valley. Imposing steep slopes with rustic oaks and beech trees surround it and the mighty dam wall delimits it on the eastern bank.

The popular hiking trails Urwaldsteig Edersee and Kellerwaldsteig lead through the Kellerwald-Edersee nature and national park. The Lichtenfels Panorama Trail connects the region with the Hochsauerland. The Habichtswaldsteig ends at the Edersee dam and forms a connection with the neighboring Habichtswald Nature Park and the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kassel.

The most beautiful landscapes on earth can be reached in just a few hours by car.

“On the bike tour to Asel-Süd I thought it looked like Canada. I've never been there, but that's how I imagine it. Deep green water surrounded by ancient forests that reach to the shore. No houses, no people, nothing but nature and silence. Hauntingly beautiful. My friend gave me the tip that you have a magnificent view from the Knorreichenstieg, like the fjords in Norway.

The Edersee and its landscape stimulate inspiration and imagination. The gentle surrounding hills, on the other hand, spread out in front of you like an endless carpet of meadows and fields. On the way to Fritzlar the next surprise awaits: cypress trees line the path - we have arrived in Edertal Tuscany.”

from Gaby from Würzburg


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"We only have a 1,5 hour drive. That's very pleasant. In a very short time we are so far, far, far away from everyday life."

by Carmela from Rüthen

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Experience, understand and enjoy the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Kellerwald-Edersee Nature and National Park.

the nature park Kellerwald-Edersee is large and encloses the national park of the same name.

7.688 ha

the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park is large and protects one of the last large and natural beech forests in Central Europe.


UNESCO has declared parts of the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park a natural world heritage site!

The purest springs and streams, rocky outcrops and heaps of blocks form valuable habitats alongside the remains of natural beech forests, dry oak forests and block and ravine forests.

Experience pure nature

in the facilities of the Kellerwald-Edersee Nature and National Park.

Tour planner - National Park circular hiking trails

All official and marked circular hiking trails in the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park with a UNESCO World Heritage Site


Well over 500 guided hikes and events

take place every year in the nature and national park Kellerwald-Edersee and make every nature heart beat faster. Whether flora, fauna, world heritage or geology - with the nature park guides or rangers of the national park you get to know the local flora and fauna and learn interesting facts about the geological features of the region and the protected areas. Many of these guided tours and excursions can also be booked individually for groups.

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