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Wooded slopes & lush meadows — 3 days on the Ederhöhenpfad


Wooded slopes & lush meadows — 3 days on the Ederhöhenpfad

Hiking Collection by komoot



5-6 h

/ day

41.1 mi

4,425 ft

4,750 ft

When the weather lures you outside, your new hiking boots are waiting to be worn in and you can take a long weekend, we've got one simple suggestion for you: head to Northern Hesse and get on the Ederhöhenpfad! Here, on its way to Fulda, the Eder winds leisurely through the Rhenish-Westphalian slate mountains and through the wooded Ederbergland as one of the last unspoilt rivers of Germany. One of the most beautiful sections of the 176-kilometer-long (109-mile) river is the valley landscape before it flows into the Ederstausee. The river meanders peacefully for about 60 kilometers (37 miles) through wide meadows and along wooded mountain slopes.

In three daily stages, the officially signposted Ederhöhenpfad leads you along the course of the river and over the densely wooded mountain ranges. The starting point is the small village of Hatzfeld near the border between Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia. In three days, you will conquer over 1,400 meters (4,500 feet) over a distance of 63 kilometers (39 miles). Thanks to well-developed hiking trails, the Tour is also perfectly suited for sporty casual hikers, although as the trail tracks through predominantly wild country, you're going to need to take your own provisions. To make it a little more practical, however, we have ensured that each of our routes starts and ends in a town or village where you'll find ample accommodation options.

The stage destinations Hatzfeld, Battenberg, Frankenberg and Schmittlotheim are all connected to the bus and train network. On weekdays, the buses run regularly, on weekends taxis replace most regular buses. If you arrive by car, it is best to park at the last stop in Schmittlotheim and then take the bus and train to the starting point of the Ederhöhenpfad.

Timetable information for your arrival and for local bus connections is available at nvv.de

If you fall in love with the idyllic landscape while you hike, then you can join the Ederhöhenpfad and the Urwaldsteig Edersee at the end of your hike. It starts at the National Park Centre in Kirchlotheim and runs once around Germany's second largest reservoir in three to six daily stages.

Here you can find the collection of the Urwaldsteig Edersee: komoot.de/collection/495/urwaldsteig-edersee-uralte-baeume-und-glitzerndes-wasser

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4,550 ft

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    Etappe 1 von Hatzfeld nach Dodenau – Ederhöhenpfad

    11.7 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your first stage on the Ederhöhenpfad meanders from Hatzfeld over densely wooded ridges to the climatic spa Dodenau. Apart from the tiny village of Holzhausen, the trail leads you through quiet, secluded nature. On easy paths you walk through forests and along the meadows of the Eder.


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  • Expert
    14.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After a restful night in the climatic health resort of Dodenau, you will hike through the idyllic meadows of the Eder. From Dodenau you first climb over the Eisenberg and down to Battenberg. After a detour to the Kellerburg you walk leisurely on the banks of the Eder along to the stage destination Frankenberg

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  • Expert
    14.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the third leg of your hike, it goes up again. On the last twenty kilometers of its way to the Edersee, the Eder flows through a narrow river valley. On both sides stretch wide, densely wooded slopes. The Ederhöhenpfad runs here most of the time above the river. High above the water you can enjoy great

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    41.1 mi
  • Duration
    18:43 h
  • Elevation
    4,425 ft4,750 ft

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