Eder Cycle Path — From the Rothaar Mountains to the Fulda in 3 stages

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Eder-Radweg

The Eder cycle path meanders through a picturesque low mountain range landscape together with the river of the same name. Forested mountain ranges line the winding valley through which the Eder flows. Romantic alluvial forests and lush meadows line its shores all the way to the impressive Edersee lake. On the cycle path along the shore you can experience the reservoir and the untouched nature of the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park up close. Wide fields accompany the Eder to its mouth in the Fulda.

The ADFC's three-star Eder cycle path leads 171 kilometres through North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse. The cycle path begins in Erndtebrück at the edge of the Rothaar Mountains, a few kilometres from the Eder spring. It accompanies the Eder on its journey through a picturesque and above all varied landscape until it flows into the Fulda, which you can experience in all its diversity in three stages.

The starting point of the Eder cycle path in Erndtebrück is easily reached by train. There is also a train station in Baunatal-Guntershausen, the destination of the three-day bike tour, from where you can comfortably return home. Along the cycle path, which runs along both asphalted and easily accessible gravel paths, you will find a good infrastructure for food and accommodation. In the middle of nature, rest areas invite you to take a break. You will also find places to stop for refreshments in the places you pass. You can spend the night in the stage destinations or along the route in bicycle-friendly bed & bike establishments, hotels or camping sites. Along the Eder cycle path there is something for everyone's taste, so that you will definitely experience an unforgettable cycle tour from the Rothaar mountains to the Fulda.

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The stages of the Eder cycle path

  • Intermediate
    04:40
    67.0 km
    14.4 km/h
    450 m
    650 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Eder rises in the Rothaargebirge at the Ederkopf. From there it splashes along the Rothaarsteig and finally reaches Erndtebrück. From here you follow the river on the Eder Cycle Path to its mouth in the Fulda.To the starting point in Erndtebrück you come comfortably by train. Right next to the train station, you swing your bike and roll out of town, into a wonderfully rural area with a lot of untouched nature. On the edge of the Rothaargebirge you follow the cycle path that winds its way between picturesque wooded hills near the river. You cycle past green meadows and cross wildly romantic forests, drive over exciting bridges, pass old railway tunnels and occasionally come through small villages. Whether here or at one of the resting places on the bike path, there are plenty of opportunities for leisurely breaks on the first stage.A few kilometers before the finish line, the Edertal valley opens to a wide plain. From here you roll on the slightly downhill stretch relaxed through wide meadows and fields to Frankenberg, today's stage destination.

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  • Intermediate
    03:28
    45.9 km
    13.2 km/h
    440 m
    510 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After leaving Frankenberg behind you, you dive back into the beautiful meadow landscape on the Eder, which is lined here by wooded ridges. Lush green meadows, shady cool forest and some fields alternate on the way through the picturesque Edertal. After about half of the way you will reach the Edersee, one of the largest reservoirs in Germany.Here you always cycle along the shore through the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park. Long stretches of the bike path run through the shady forest. Between the trees you can see the water of the big lake glistening again and again. As the forest clears, you have a fantastic view over the lake to the beaches and wooded slopes on the other side of the river. Also on your side of the river you will always come back to beautiful swimming spots, beaches and small settlements. Nice places, for short or extended breaks.At the end of the stage you cycle past the impressive dam wall of the Edersee to the stage destination Hemfurth / Edersee, which is just behind.

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    54.4 km
    14.8 km/h
    180 m
    220 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    At the beginning of the third and last stage of the Eder Cycle Path, you will ride along the shores of Lake Affoldern, enjoying the view of the water and the long bird sanctuary. At the Eder you then roll comfortably through the wide valley. In the distance you can still see some wooded hills, which in the course of more and more make way for a wide plain. After the first 20 kilometers you reach Fritzlar. Here it is worth taking a break and a detour into the charming old town with its pretty half-timbered houses and the imposing cathedral. Of course you will also find cozy cafes and restaurants to stop off here.Strengthened you then go the last few kilometers on the Eder bike path, which you can really enjoy thanks to the slightly sloping route. The bike path leads you across wide fields, past picturesque ponds, through small riparian forests and over romantic bridges with great views of the Eder. Shortly before Guntershausen the Eder flows into the Fulda. Here you can pause, sit on one of the benches and enjoy the special moment. Afterwards you cycle to the nearby station Baunatal-Guntershausen, where the Eder-Radweg ends and you can comfortably drive home by train.

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