Kellerwald Edersee National Park

GeoRadroute Ruhr-Eder / Natur / Kellerwald Edersee National Park

Hessen's only national park protects one of the largest contiguous beech forests in Central Europe - a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

A "new wilderness" is growing up in the heart of Germany. About 5,700 ha without settlement, without road, but with 51 mountains and over 500 springs. Since summer 2011, the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park has been part of the transnational UNESCO World Heritage Site "Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forests of Germany". Primeval forests on mountain tops and in gorges, rocks and boulder heaps, near-natural springs and streams as well as quiet meadow valleys and forest meadows form the treasures of the national park. Nature is allowed to be nature. The deciduous forests are no longer used. Here "wilderness of tomorrow" is created and can be hiked by visitors on numerous beautiful routes. The Kellerwald-Edersee National Park shows its charming side at any time of the year, but especially in spring the rustic red beech forest shines in its typical bright green, which is unique in the world. Through the treetops, hikers can repeatedly enjoy views of the glittering blue of Lake Edersee, which stretches like a ribbon along the northern edge of the large protected area.
Those who do not want to explore the national park on their own can join a ranger. Ranger tours of the national park take place every weekend - on foot, by bicycle and covered wagon, and sometimes at night. Experience days in the WildtierPark Edersee or in the BuchenHaus with its WildernessSchool, guided tours through the NationalparkZentrum Kellerwald round off the offer. The 40 or so national park partner businesses are a good address for dining, staying overnight, feeling good and being pampered.