On forest trails, you hike under the canopy of ancient beech and gnarled oaks. The entire ground is covered with thick foliage and the sound of your footsteps is dampened by the leaves. Climbing over a fallen giant tree lying across the path, you can see blue water flashing out between the mighty trunks. After a few steps, the trees reveal the view and below the steep slope path lies the Edersee lake as it glitters in the sun.
The Urwaldsteig Edersee, marked with a white "UE" on a blue background, meanders in six daily stages over a total distance of around 60 kilometers (37 miles). It takes you through traditional forest trails and scenic slope paths as you circumnavigate the Ederstausee. In spring, the landscape awakens to a new life as the lake slowly fills with meltwater. In summer, the slopes become a lush green color before changing to a rainbow of browns and oranges in the fall. In winter, the snow comes back to the valley and packs the area with high snow-banks, bathing the banks of the lake in white.
The Edersee, with its National Park station in Herzhausen and Bad Wildungen, is easily accessible from all directions. The starting and finishing points of each stage are connected between April and October and can be reached by bus or by boat, so you can also choose to complete individual stages as day hikes. We guarantee, however, that once you immerse yourself in this unique forest landscape, you will not finish your hike before the end of the sixth stage.
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Last updated: December 2, 2021
Your first stage on the Urwaldsteig will spoil you with spectacular views. You start in the small village Waldeck about 150 meters above the reservoir. The path continues from here along the slope and leads you to many great viewpoints. The view of the Edersee, which meanders through the long valley…
The second stage leads you directly into the jungle of the national park. From your starting point in Hemfurth, it goes in steep serpentine up to the small and large Hegelkopf. There you will find natural forest paths between huge beech and spruce trees.
Note that you enter the jungle region here. The…
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On your third stage, you will return to the jungle of the national park. After your start in Bringhausen the Urwaldsteig runs for a short distance along the lakeshore. You pass the brook mouths of the Banfe and the Bärenbach, before going up the slope on forest trails.
In the shade of the towering beech…
At the beginning of the fourth stage you cross the Eder at Herzhausen. Here is also the dam-root, because from the Eder bridge is from the river of the reservoir.
After leaving Herzhausen behind you, the jungle trail runs comfortably along the lake shore. Without overcoming high altitude, you can enjoy…
After starting in Asel you will climb the Katzenberg on the fifth jungle step. Here you have another nice view of the sunken bridge, when the water of the lake is low enough.
The trail now runs along the slope to the Lindenberg, whose ridge extends far into the reservoir. Up on the ridge path, the hikers…
The last day on the Urwaldsteig spoils you once again with great views and enchanted forests.
Starting from Scheid, you wander into the Lower Werber Bay. The Hangweg meanders around numerous narrow valleys, which were formed here by Bächläufen.
In Nieder-Werber you cross the Werbe, a tributary of the Eder…
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