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Eder cycle path

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  • Eder-Uferpark Frankenberg
    Eder-Uferpark Frankenberg
    Photo: Gabriele Garthe, Touristik Service Waldeck-Ederbergland GmbH, Eder-Radweg
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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, it first goes through the Rothaargebirge Nature Park and then over the North Rhine-Westphalia

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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Gabriele Garthe Touristik Service Waldeck-Ederbergland GmbH
Update: May 23, 2022
Highest point
492 m
Lowest point
143 m
Best time of year

Rest stops

Railway-Café in the Via-Adrina Center
NationalparkZentrum 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 hairpin, 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. 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 hairpin 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, you continue to the Fritzlar and Felsberg specialist workshops to the mouth of the Eder in the Fulda. 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


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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. The first sign can be found in front of the station building on the left. 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 (battery charging cabinets), Schmittlotheim, Herzhausen National Park Station (battery charging cabinets), 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
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Botanical highlights Geological highlights Flora and fauna Linear route


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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

Die 3. Etappe führt euch auf ca. 56 km von Hemfurth durch das Edertal zur Edermündung und von dort weiter nach Guntershausen.

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