Surrounded by mountains in the center of northern Hesse lies Schwalm-Eder-Kreis. Named after the two great rivers that meet here and flow into the great Fulda River, this district is bordered by great mountain ranges: the Knüllgebirge hills to the south and the Homberger Hochland to the north.
Towns & Villages in the Schwalm-Eder-Kreis
- Bad Zwesten
- Borken (Hesse)
- Homberg (Efze)
- Neukirchen im Knüllgebirge
- Schwarzenborn (Kn.)
Geologically, the area has left much for you to admire. Firstly, the great coal seams of the area around Borken have left great man-made lakes for recreational pastimes. Also, around Felsberg the gravel quarries have created gentle hills and more landscaped waterparks.
This area also has a rich volcanic history which can be visually explored during some remarkable signposted trails. There are several “climate” spa towns to be visited along these low mountains, including the lovely town of Melsungen.
Fritzlar is a great area to see some of Germany’s history, as this town is believed to be the “birthplace of the German Empire.” Medieval in origin — it was a heavily defended town, having one of the tallest stone towers in the whole country still standing.
There are also many castles still sitting on the surrounding basalt mountain peaks of the Schwalm-Eder-Kreis.