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Eder cycle path

Long distance cycling · Waldecker Land
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  • Eder-Uferpark Frankenberg
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Enchanting favorite places, idyllic low mountain ranges, views that touch the heart and a characteristic that couldn't be more different: "Welcome to the Eder cycle path"
Distance 167.8 km
12:35 h
312 m
617 m
492 m
143 m
The quality cycle route, which has been awarded 4 stars by the ADFC, accompanies the Eder on its journey through beautiful landscapes in North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse.

The 171 km long Eder cycle path runs from Erndtebrück through the Waldecker Land past the Eder estuary and on quiet cycle and farm paths on to Baunatal-Guntershausen.

The route runs through a varied low mountain range.

After starting in Erndtebrück, the route first goes through the Rothaargebirge nature park and continues across the NRW/Hessen border through the Waldecker Land and the Schwalm-Eder district.

If you would like to visit the Eder source, you can follow the signs for the feeder (green E).

The Eder cycle path takes you to old half-timbered towns, through beautiful beech and spruce forests, past mountain streams and quiet ponds.

The highlight is the Edersee with the adjacent Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Natural soil and asphalt alternate.

Author’s recommendation

The Seggenried in Herzhausen, which appears when the Edersee loses its water there, is very beautiful. This is a special natural spectacle.
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Update: March 08, 2023
Highest point
492 m
Lowest point
143 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 23.26%Dirt road 54.55%Forested/wild trail 2.73%Path 5.25%Road 13.87%Unknown 0.31%
39 km
Dirt road
91.5 km
Forested/wild trail
4.6 km
8.8 km
23.3 km
0.5 km
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Rest stops

Railway-Café in the Via-Adrina Center
National Park Center Kellerwald

Safety information

There are sections with coarse gravel, so please drive carefully at these points.

In a short section between Ederbringhausen and Schmittlotheim there is a switchback, this is a sliding section. 

Tips and hints

In spring, the river landscape is particularly beautiful, because while everything is slowly starting to turn green, you can still enjoy the many beautiful views.

Take time to stop at one of the bird observation pulpits to observe the variety of birds.


Erndtebrück (train station) (482 m)
50.990570, 8.254547
50°59'26.1"N 8°15'16.4"E
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Turn-by-turn directions

At the train station in Erndtebrück you can directly enter the Eder cycle path. The cycle path is signposted throughout with a logo inset in the signposts.

After leaving Erndtebrück and the beautiful Birkenallee behind you in the direction of Womelsdorf, you enter the somewhat adventurous landscape of Bad Berleburg. In Raumland there is a slate show mine.

After crossing the NRW/Hesse border between Beddelhausen and Hatzfeld, the route takes you leisurely along the old paved railway line over old railway bridges.

Between Reddighausen and Dodenau you come through a 350 meter long tunnel, but only in the warm season. In cold temperatures, the tunnel is closed because the pug bats overwinter. There is an alternative route outside the tunnel along the Eder. On this path you will pass the Dodenau Wildlife Park.

Continue towards Frankenberg where you will pass a bird watching pulpit behind Rennertehausen.

In Frankenberg you will first cycle through an industrial area but then you will arrive at the new Eder Park, which invites you to linger. Here near the water park you will find a bicycle parking facility and a hose machine from spring.

Then you continue towards Edersee, on this path there is a switchback in the forest between Ederbringhausen and Schmittlotheim, that is a short sliding distance, here you have to be careful that you do that Shield not overlooked. It then goes a little downhill through a small stream. You continue to Herzhausen, where you will also find the National Park train station (with battery charging station).

From here, at the western point of the Edersee, you cycle on the south side of the lake to Asel-Süd and then on to the edge of the Kellerwald National Park -Edersee along. The Edersee is worth a longer stop.

After you have passed the Edersee region with the treetop path and the wild animal park, you continue to Fritzlar and Felsberg until you reach the mouth of the Eder in the Fulda. You should definitely make a stop at the mouth of the Eder.

From there it is not far to the end point at the beautiful railway viaduct in Baunatal-Guntershausen, where you can either continue by train or cycle on the R1/Fulda-Radweg.

You can cycle to Kassel and return from there by train, e.g. B. via Marburg to Erndtebrück. So you only have to change once.


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Public transport


You can take the train directly to Erndtebrück. From there, the Eder cycle path is signposted.

All travel options by train can be found at:

Getting there

You reach Erndtebrück via the B62.

If you want to get on in Frankenberg (Eder), you can get there via the B252 and B253.

If you want to cycle the other way around, i.e. start in Baunatal-Guntershausen, you can arrive via the A7 and exit Take Guxhagen.

If you come via the A49, then you have to take the Baunatal-Süd exit.


If you arrive by car you can park in Erndtebrück at the train station and from there get on the Eder cycle path. It starts behind the train station at the Park&Ride car park. There you will also find the information board for the Eder cycle path.

If you cycle the other way around, from Guntershausen to Erndtebrück, you can also park there at the station.

There are parking spaces at other stations: Frankenberg (Eder), Viermünden, Ederbringhausen, Schmittlotheim, Herzhausen National Park Station (battery charging cabinets), Bad Wildungen, Wega, Fritzlar, Wabern


50.990570, 8.254547
50°59'26.1"N 8°15'16.4"E
32U 447681 5649040
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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The cycle path can be used with all common bicycles, but not suitable for racing bikes. Mountain bike or trekking bike recommended

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167.8 km
12:35 h
312 m
617 m
Highest point
492 m
Lowest point
143 m
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  • 3 Stages
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 68.2 km
Duration 4:55 h
Ascent 112 m
Descent 325 m

The first very varied stage runs between Erndtebrück and Frankenberg (Eder) for about 68 km. Here you will experience a varied route characteristic.

from Gabriele Garthe, Touristik Service Waldeck-Ederbergland GmbH,   Eder-Radweg
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 2
Distance 45.7 km
Duration 3:55 h
Ascent 135 m
Descent 191 m

The second stage runs between Frankenberg (Eder) and Edersee-Hemfurth for about 45 km. Here you will experience the proximity to the Eder and the ...

from Gabriele Garthe, Touristik Service Waldeck-Ederbergland GmbH,   Eder-Radweg
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 3
Distance 53.6 km
Duration 3:40 h
Ascent 37 m
Descent 102 m

The 3. stage takes you about 56 km from Hemfurth through the Edertal to the mouth of the Eder and from there on to Guntershausen.

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