Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park

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Location of the Kellerwald-Edersee nature park
Forest and arable landscape of the nature park near Bad Zwesten

The Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park is a 406 km² forest- dominated nature park in the Hessian low mountain range of Kellerwald , which has existed since June 1, 2001, including the mountainous landscape around the Edersee reservoir . It comprises one of the largest undivided beech forest areas in Germany. Since January 1, 2004, part of the park has formed the even more protected Kellerwald-Edersee National Park .



The Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park is located in the northern Hessian districts of Waldeck-Frankenberg and Schwalm-Eder between Waldeck and Vöhl in the north and Gilserberg in the south. Its westernmost point is to the west of Frankenau , the easternmost near Bad Zwesten . On its northeastern edge are the communities of Bad Wildungen and Edertal , in the southeast Jesberg and in the southwest Haina and the Gemündener district of Herbelhausen.

The nature park to the southwest of Kassel (mean distance approx. 40 km as the crow flies ) roughly corresponds to the size of the Kellerwald . Within its boundaries lie - in addition to some districts of the aforementioned cities and municipalities, with the core cities of Bad Wildungen and Frankenau belonging entirely to the park - the Edersee and the Affolderner See . In the north it extends over the Edersee, in the south into the Upper Hessian threshold with the Hemberg ridge, which borders the Kellerwald to the south .

The 57.24 km² Kellerwald-Edersee National Park extends south of the Edersee in the northern part of the nature park . North-northeast of the national park on the south bank of the reservoir is the Edersee wildlife park with the Edersee wildlife park Greifenwarte and the Fagutop Kellerwald information center .

Mountains and altitude

The lowest point of the Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park is in Affoldern in the Edertal below the barrage of the Affolderner See at 194  m above sea level. NHN , the highest point on the desert garden ( 675.3  m ), which, together with the Hunsrück and Sauklippe, forms the Keller mountain ridge (also known as the Hoher Keller ) in the southeast of the Kellerwald.

The best-known, but not necessarily the highest mountains in the Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park include all "six hundred" - sorted by height in meters (m) above sea level:

View over Jesberg with the tower of Jesberg Castle northwest to the desert garden with the
cellar forest tower


Flowing waters

The rivers that frame the Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park, or that arise and run in it, include (Eder and Wohra tributaries viewed downstream; their tributaries with their estuary location / area).

Look at the below the dam of Lake Eder valley of Eder
Weser river system
  • Eder
    (Edersee and Affolderner See flowing through Fulda tributary; flowing brooks and rivers flow into the Weser via Eder and Fulda)
    • Lengelbach, flows south of Vöhl - Ederbringhausen
    • Lorfe ( Lorfebach ), flows into Vöhl- Schmittlotheim
      • Lorfe tributary: Eisbach
    • Hundsbach, flows into the Edersee southwest of Asel -Süd (to Vöhl-Asel)
    • Aselbach , flows into a north arm of the Edersee near Vöhl-Asel
      • Aselbach tributary: Altbach
    • Bärenbach, flows south of Asel-Süd (to Vöhl-Asel) into a small bay of the Edersee
    • Banfebach, flows southeast of Asel-Süd (to Vöhl-Asel) into a southern arm of the Edersee
      • Banfebach tributary: Keßbach
    • Mellbach flows into the Edersee east of Edertal - Bringhausen
    • Rehbach, flows into a southern arm of the Edersee near Edertal- Rehbach
    • Werbe , flows into the foreland of a north arm of the Edersee at Nieder-Werbe (to Waldeck )
    • Bärentalsbach, flows west of Waldeck-West into a north arm of the Edersee
    • Netze , flows into Mehlen -Lieschensruh (to Edertal)
    • Wesebach , flows into Edertal- Giflitz
      • Wesebach tributaries: Haarbach, Schrummbach, H a imbach, H e imbach, Bartenbach, Kesselbach, Eschelbach, Klingesebach, Dreisbach, Ebach, Quernstgrund, Sasselbach
    • Wilde , flows north of Bad Wildungen - Wega
      • Wild tributaries: Sillbach, Bornebach, Sonderbach, Großer Brunnenbach, Landwehr
    • Schwalm , flows into Felsberg -Altenburg
Rhine river system
Edersee in the Kellerwald-Edersee nature park with the
Scheid peninsula
  • Wohra
    (atributary of the Ohm ; streams and rivers flowinginto the
    Rhine via Wohra, Ohm and Lahn )
    • Gehlinger Bach, flows northeast of Haina
    • Schweinfe, flows into Gemünden

Still waters

The still waters in the Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park include:

Large-scale nature conservation project in the Kellerwald region

The large-scale nature conservation project Kellerwald Region has been running in the nature park since 2005 . It was extended from 2015 to 2018. The project carried out by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation deals with the “establishment and safeguarding of parts of nature and landscape that are worthy of protection and that are representative of the state”. In the “Funding program for the establishment and safeguarding of parts of nature and landscape worthy of protection with national representative importance”, the federal government participates in nature conservation projects which, in an international comparison, exemplify the commitment of nature conservation in Germany. The large-scale nature conservation project was approved at the end of 2005. Six million euros were available for implementation by 2015. In the planning phase or phase I from 2005 to 2008 the first task was to draw up a maintenance and development plan for the nature park and a socio-economic study. This was followed by the approval process for this plan. In the following implementation phase or phase II from 2009 to 2015, the focus was on implementing the plan. The extension phase from 2016 to 2018 focuses on the forest and the protection of the nature park. A system of protected areas should ensure that the project goals are sustainably secured. In the large-scale nature conservation project, land was purchased, red spruce forests were converted into deciduous forests, forest areas made a total reserve , water restoration and maintenance measures on special grassland areas. In the grassland areas, protective measures were carried out in heather areas and grasslands . Special species protection measures have been implemented for the whitefly . In addition, extensive public relations work was carried out in the area, including information paths, stationary and mobile exhibitions.


Knotted trees on the Edersee Urwaldsteig

Many hiking trails lead through the Kellerwald or Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park, including the Kellerwaldsteig , a 156 km circular hiking trail that connects the mountains, villages and valleys of the Kellerwald-Edersee Nature and National Park . The approximately 68 km long Edersee Urwaldsteig leads around the Edersee and runs through the dry oak forests on the north bank and the national park south of the lake. There are also several educational and adventure trails on various topics in the Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park.

See also

Web links

Commons : Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Map services of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation ( information )
  2. Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park: Current Nature Park (large-scale nature conservation project newsletter) 1/15

Coordinates: 51 ° 5 ′ 0 ″  N , 9 ° 2 ′ 0 ″  E