Part of the Sauerland mountain chain that runs across from North Rhine-Westphalia, the Waldeck-Frankenberg District in the state of Hesse is filled with high forests, spa towns and home to the only National Park in the state: the Kellerwald-Edersee.
Waldeck-Frankenberg District Map
Towns & Villages in the Waldeck-Frankenberg District
- Frankenberg (Eder)
- Gemünden (Wohra)
- Haina (Kloster)
- Hatzfeld (Eder)
- Lichtenfels (Hesse)
This park is mainly beech woods, but holds some of Europe’s rare fauna, including the black stork and black kite amongst others. It is also home to recently released raccoons from America!
The Edersee is the largest of four great lakes created by the damming on a smaller river in this valley — used for watersports by visitors and locals alike.
One spa town — Bad Arolsen — is home to the great baroque Schloss Arlosen. This three-winged palace is part matched by the towns layout (it wasn’t quite finished) and the town has been preserved as such. It is also one of many locations of the Oranier Route — following the trail of the Dutch House of Orange.
But the highlight of this district must be Willingen (Upland), a tourist hot spot in both summer and winter that offers sports and relaxation for everyone’s needs & desires.
The Waldeck-Frankenberg District also has a long history, linking the Frankish knights in their battle with the Saxon tribes to the north and west of here — many town names relates to these origins.