Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park

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  • Bad Wildungen

The Kellerwald-Edersee nature park surrounds the national park, which is UNESCO World Heritage Site

Natural and cultural landscape The Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park is located in the densely wooded North Hesse and surrounds the national park of the same name, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The landscape is characterized by extensive beech forests, idyllic villages and varied fields, forests and meadows. Embedded in this landscape and surrounded by steep, warm slopes with rustic tree shapes, the 27 km long Edersee winds its way.

Hiking experience With the Kellerwaldsteig, Urwaldsteig Edersee and Lichtenfelser Panoramaweg, there are three hiking trails in the nature park that have been awarded the title “Quality Trail Hikable Germany”. Furthermore, part of the Habichtswaldsteig (premium hiking trail, German hiking seal) leads through the region. The Kellerwaldsteig connects the national park with the nature park and the mountains around the Edersee with the landscape area "Hoher Keller" in the south of the nature park. There are nine stages to hike on the 167 km long main route. Alternative routes allow the subdivision into a north, south and west loop. The Urwaldsteig Edersee runs over a length of 70 km on winding paths over hill and dale around the Edersee. In the national park, hikers immerse themselves in the rustic deciduous forests, the "wilderness of tomorrow" of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Unique experiences in nature with wonderful views are guaranteed again and again. The 64 km long Lichtenfels Panorama Trail leads to the border with the Hochsauerlandkreis in neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia and is therefore a link to the hiking region around Meschede and Hallenberg. The Habichtswaldsteig forms the connection with the neighboring Habichtswald Nature Park and the World Heritage Site in Kassel.
Arche region and Kultur-Arche The interactive exhibition of the Kultur-Arche in Frankenau is especially worth a visit for children and young people. The name Kultur-Arche is derived from the theme of the exhibition, the rescue of old breeds of domestic animals. The variety of chickens, goats, sheep and cattle shown is impressive and can also be admired “live” in the immediate vicinity of the Kultur-Arche-Schiff. Because the Franconians in the so-called Arche region are also very practical for the preservation of these old breeds of domestic animals. The Soay sheep and the Rote Höhenvieh look forward to seeing you. A free visit to the Kultur-Arche is also possible with a wheelchair and pram. Opening times: April to October from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, November to March from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Nature park guides - ambassadors of the Kellerwald Let yourself be "seduced!"

Experience - understand - enjoy the natural and cultural landscape is the motto of the nature park guides. Guided hikes, excursions and seminars are offered on many topics for different interest groups. Many events from the event calendar can also be booked individually for groups. Ask us, we would be happy to make an offer.

Laustraße 8

34537 Bad Wildungen


Phone: +49 5621 / 969460

Fax: +49 5621 / 9694619



General information


Mobile in the national park region

An attractive network of marked bike and hiking trails leads visitors into the seclusion of vast forests and to the treasures of the region. You can reach the information facilities and starting points for your experiences by public transport such as train, bus, and Call and Collect Taxi (AST). There are train stations in Bad Wildungen, Korbach, Vöhl-Ederbringhausen, Vöhl-Herzhausen, Vöhl-Schmittlotheim and Vöhl-Thalitter. Information boards can be found at the train stations for local orientation

and information. The onward journey is ensured by buses, express bus routes and call and collect taxes. In combination with ship, ferry, mountain railway and bicycle bus, the region is a paradise for hikers and cyclists.

When arriving by car, the region is closed from the north via the B 252, from the east via the A 49 and B 3 and B 253, from the south via the B 3 and from the west via the B 252 and B 253 and the L 617 to reach.

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