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UNESCO World Heritage Site Kellerwald-Edersee National Park

In the kingdom of ancient beeches

The Kellerwald-Edersee is the only national park in Hessen. It protects one of the last large, pristine copper beech forests in Central Europe. Its treasures include ancient natural forest relics, over 1,000 of the purest springs and natural streams, rock corridors and boulders. Certain areas of the large conservation area belong to the transnational UNESCO World Heritage Site “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Ancient Beech Forests of Germany”.

The national park is a paradise for walkers. The clear, blue-green Lake Edersee winds through the ancient stunted tree forests and is surrounded by steep hillsides and ravines. The Urwaldsteig trail takes walkers along winding paths through the pristine wild oak and beech forests. You can wander through the sticks and stones of this unique countryside and enjoy wonderful views of forests and lakes. Bizarre tree formations will immerse you in the enchanted world of goblins. Hessen’s only national park is home to one of the largest continuous beech forests in Central Europe, spanning an area of around 5,700 hectares. There are no roads or settlements in the ancient beech forests. All national parks across the world share the belief that nature should be nature. In summer, the beech forests are bathed in a light and vibrant green. The National Park Centre invites visitors on an exciting virtual expedition to discover the secrets of the national park. Visitors can follow the fire salamander on his path through the “rocks and boulders”, and you can even enjoy the pristine beech forest from the perspective of a woodpecker. And, to mark the end of the exhibition, a unique 4D cinema experience lets visitors wander through the national park.


Kellerwald-Edersee National Park

Laustraße 8

34537 Bad Wildungen

Tel.: 05621 / 75249 0