Waldeck – Breathtaking Views of Natural Beauty
Location: On the northern bank of the Edersee reservoir
Waldeck lies on the Edersee reservoir, a man-made lake in the north of the German Federal State of Hesse. With a network of road and rail tracks, the town it is well connected by car or train. Thanks to the good connection to the autobahn A49, Kassel is a convenient 45-minute drive away.
Culture: A medieval fortress
Waldeck Castle stands on a hill, 200 m above the 27-kilometre long lake. The fortified castle dates from the 12th century and is the former seat of wealthy counts who resided here until the 17th century. When you enter the castle, you first pass three gates before you come in the inner court. The castle museum displays the theme "Under lock and key" with exhibits from the era of the women's prison and the Waldeck 18th century prison. From the terrace, you have a fantastic view of Lake Eder and the wooded mountains in the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park.
Activities: Hiking and bird watching
The Kellerwald is a low mountain range reaching heights of up to 675 metres. It is Germany's largest contiguous beech woodland and it contains the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park. Hesse's only national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many hiking trails run through the Kellerwald, among them the Kellerwaldsteig, a 160 km-long ring that joins mountains and plateaus in the Nature Park while the 70 km-long Urwaldsteig Edersee ("Primeval Forest Trail") runs through the oak forests on the lake's north shore. Parts of the Kellerwald are a Special Protection Area for birds, among them the black stork, the common raven, the peregrine falcon, the honey buzzard, the Eurasian eagle owl, the red kite, the great grey shrike, and several species of woodpeckers. Therefore, the Kellerwald area is a paradise for birdwatchers.