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Eder Lake (Edersee) and Waldeck castle

N 51°11.729', E 9°2.872'
2019-02-16
Our rating: 7.80
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The Eder lake (or reservoir) is a rather large resort and tourist zone in the very center of Germany. There are a lot of interesting things here and it’s unrealistic to see everything in one visit. We will describe the places that we saw during our first visit.

At the entrance to the lake it makes sense to stop near the tourist information center (N 51 10.116 E 9 04.574). There is a cafe, a small lake and an unusual house.

Upside-Down House (Das Tolle Haus am Edersee)
Upside-Down House (Das Tolle Haus am Edersee) ©Yuriy Buriak


Upside-Down House (Das Tolle Haus am Edersee)
Upside-Down House (Das Tolle Haus am Edersee) ©Yuriy Buriak

A little further along the road there is a tourist zone in the style of the Wild West (N 51 10.103 E 9 03.210) and an excellent view of the village of Hemfurth.

Hemfurth village
Hemfurth village ©Yuriy Buriak

Then we parked near the dam (N 51 11.019 E 9 03.724) and climbed to the Uhrenkopfkanzel viewpoint. Find the path on this map https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/51.18438/9.06266, it is called there Auf den Klippen.

Dam on Lake Eder
Dam on Lake Eder ©Yuriy Buriak

We went downstairs and crossed the dam to the village of Edersee, where we had lunch. The dam was built in 1908-1914. During the Second World War, it was bombed and partially destroyed. The hole created a wave, 6-8 meters high, which swept along the river bed for 30 kilometers. Reconstruction of this attack can be seen in the movie The Dam Busters (1955) (video).

In connection with the flood, foreign mass media reported the death of 749 prisoners of one of the concentration camps, but Germany did not confirm this information.

Dam on Lake Eder (1943)
Dam on Lake Eder (1943) ©wikipedia.org

The dam was restored quickly, in a few months.

Dam on Lake Eder
Dam on Lake Eder ©Yuriy Buriak


Dam on Lake Eder
Dam on Lake Eder ©Yuriy Buriak

Next we went up to the Waldeck Castle. Now it is a 4-star hotel and museum, you can freely enter the territory. The observation deck offers a great view of the lake, though not in the afternoon when the sun shines directly in the eye.

Waldeck castle
Waldeck castle ©Yuriy Buriak

The first mention of the castle dates back to 1120, and the first owner was Volkwin II von Schwalenberg. He received the title Count Waldeck and for 500 years his heirs owned the castle until they moved to Bad Arolsen.

Waldeck castle
Waldeck castle ©Yuriy Buriak

The castle was built on top of a cliff, it is clearly visible in front of the gate.

Waldeck castle
Waldeck castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Waldeck castle
Waldeck castle ©Yuriy Buriak

After the original owners moved, inside were military huts, a national archive, and even a women's prison.

Waldeck castle
Waldeck castle ©Yuriy Buriak

The hotel opened in 1906 and until 2009 was state owned.

Waldeck castle
Waldeck castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Waldeck castle
Waldeck castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Waldeck castle
Waldeck castle ©Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: small, free parking near the dam N 51 11.019 E 9 03.724, paid parking near the castle N 51 12.232 E 9 03.469. Buses are only seasonal, here (https://www.nvv.de/freizeit-events/ausflugsziele/edersee-saisonverkehr/) you can see the PDF flyer with the names of the stops and a route planner.
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