Castle Waldeck overlooking lake Eder, south of Kassel, Germany
This year, tourists have more than one reason to visit the region around lake Edersee in the most northern part of Germany`s state of Hesse. The first reason has always been the beautiful picture book landscape around the lake: mountains, a castle overlooking the lake (photo above) and a number of small cities like Frankenberg, Korbach, Arolsen, Bad Wildungen and Fritzlar with many sights of great cultural and historic value. From this year on, the second reason to go there is spectacular: a large, green beech forest, called Kellerwald, has been nominated a World natural heritage site by the UNESCO.
There are some very nice lanes for biking and hiking around the lake. We did one which took us from the peninsula Scheidt to the lake`s dam built in 1914 as a water reservoir for regulating the river Weser and for producing electricity.
A cable car, which has been in operation for over 25 years, appeals to cyclists to have their bikes put on board for little money. The trip goes up hill to the castle of Waldeck, centuries ago the residence of the count of Waldeck. Today it hosts a four star hotel and attracts large crowds of tourists who enjoy a wonderful view across the lake and over the mountains.
|Up to the mountain of Waldeck Castle by cable car.|
There is a small footpath downhill and back to the cable car station
near the lake front. We partly rode the bikes and partly walked, for the enjoyment of the kids who were led from one fairy tale station to the next. At each station a scene from Grimm`s fairy tales is recalled by a picture and short text summarizing the corresponding story.
Back down at the lake front, there is still another entertaining walk
from station to station. This time the visitor`s four senses and talents are challenged by installations and play ground like equip-ment: they teach about sound, vision, body control, music and smell.
Low Water Level
As I was born in the town of Korbach, only a car ride of half an hour away, I have visited the lake many times in my life. But this time it was different. Never before had I seen the lake`s water level so low. The locals said that a very dry spring season had yielded little water, and what is more, that the lake had to spend water for the river Weser as usual.. "It does a lot of damage to the tourist industry around the lake", said Mr.Nordmeier from Niederwerbe, a man who loves his home village and country.
|Vintage hand grinder; above a poem stitched on linen: |
"Von der Hütte bis zum Throne, lebe hoch, die Kaffeebohne"
"From the cottage to the throne,
to the coffee bean"