Swap the beach for beech trees in the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park! Known for its ancient beech forests that have been granted UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site status, the national park in North Hesse is a dream destination for adventurers and nature lovers. Go for a walk or a bike ride in the forests that stretch out as far as the eye can see or head to Edersee Lake to enjoy all the activities on offer on or by the water.
Whether you are just visiting for a day or are enjoying a longer break, the low mountain landscape surrounding the national park provides a breathtakingly beautiful backdrop for fun and adventure as you explore the vast forests, idyllic villages and historical sites the region has to offer. The setting is ideal for exciting outdoor activities, such as a guided walk led by one of the national park's rangers. If the weather isn't on your side, you can hide from the rain and explore the forest inside the 4D cinema at the National Park Centre. Fancy some fishing, sailing or water sports? Make your way to Edersee Lake, which is almost like a fjord in its length and mountainous surroundings.
Hop on board a modern Deutsche Bahn train and get off at Korbach or Bad Wildungen to visit the national park. Easy alternative routes will take you via Marburg or Wabern.
You can find the best train route here or on the DB Navigator app.
Top tip: Make sure you enter your exact starting and finishing points when searching for a route.
For example: Stephensonstrasse 1, Frankfurt am Main to Weg zur Wildnis 1, Vöhl.
You can also find international super saver fares on the Deutsche Bahn website.
Travel for free in the local area with the MeineCard visitor card
Participating accommodation providers will give you your MeineCard visitor card when you arrive at your accommodation in the local area. This visitor card entitles you to free travel by bus, train and the dial-a-ride taxi service in North Hesse, so you're free to explore the whole region at your leisure all day, every day until you head home. You can find out more about getting around the local area for free online.
Black Forest National Park and
The two nature parks in the Black Forest promise unforgettable experiences surrounded by nature and a stunning cultural landscape. The national park is a little bit on the wilder side, with perfectly intact habitats that provide undisrupted homes for native flora and fauna.
Thuringian Forest Biosphere Reserve and
The oldest and best-known hiking trail in Germany, the Rennsteig, covers almost 170 km through the region in the centre of Germany, linking the Thuringian Forest Nature Parks and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It sure does pay to be well connected!