Waldeck on the Edersee lake

The unique location of Waldeck Youth Hostel on the North shore of the Edersee lake and its magnificent view of the mountains have already enchanted many a visitor. Surrounded by the Kellerwald-Edersee nature reserve and the national park of the same name on its southern shore, with Waldeck castle towering above it, the Edersee lake and its surroundings are an attractive recreational and leisure area that is known well beyond the region. Geographically, the charming scenery of the low mountain range is part of the Rhenish Slate Mountains. The spectacular natural beauty of the Urwaldsteig hiking trail, the nature reserve and national park are best explored on foot. Waldeck is also a part of the German Fairy Tale Route. The fairy tale persona it is linked to is Erck, the dwarf king.
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Opening hours
The house is open

8.00 a.m. - 9.30 p.m.

The reception is open

9.00 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

4.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.


4.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Prices 2022

B&B from Half board from Full board from
- - € 39.50

Prices 2023

B&B from Half board from Full board from
- - € 45.00

Waldeck Youth Hostel is located on the river front in West Waldeck, between the Edersee Cycling Route and Urwaldsteig hiking trail. It is directly connected to the Kellerwald-Edersee national park.

The Hostel accommodates guests in homely rooms with a total of 163 beds. Rooms have two to six beds each, 18 of the rooms have en-suite showers and toilets. Many rooms give you a beautiful view on the Edersee lake.

Room Floor space
Max. number of participants
  • cinema
  • parliament
  • block
  • U-shaped block
    U-shaped block
  • circle
Floor Rent per day off
TR 5 (sechseckiger Raum) 90 sqm 95 50 40 24 65 GF € 100.00
TR 4 (sechseckiger Raum) 90 sqm 80 45 40 24 60 B € 100.00
TR 3 45 sqm 40 30 30 12 30 B € 50.00
TR 2 21 sqm 20 16 12 8 10 B € 30.00
Conference equipment

CD player, DVD player, flip chart, free wifi, microphone system, pin board, projector, screen, speaker's desk, TV set, video recorder

Room Floor space Height
Max. number of participants
  • Choir
  • Orchestra
Floor Daylight Rent per day off
TR 5 (sechseckiger Raum) 90 sqm - 95 65 - yes € 100.00
TR 4 (sechseckiger Raum) 90 sqm - 80 60 - yes € 100.00
TR 3 45 sqm - 40 25 - yes € 50.00
TR 2 21 sqm - 20 7 - yes € 30.00
Rehearsal room equipment

digital piano, stereo / PA equipment

Leisure activities

You can play football, beach volleyball and table tennis at the Hostel. There are a quiet corner for reading, a disco, barbecue and bonfire sites. The Youth Hostel also provides padded mats that are mainly used for martial arts such as Judo or for Yoga. Our Youth Hostel is ideal for family holidays and has been certified as a Family Hostel. A real alternative to a family hotel for a holiday on the Edersee lake.

Cycling routes near Waldeck Youth Hostel

Waldeck Youth Hostel is a starting point or stopover for many different fabulous cycling tours. The Hostel has been certified as a Bed&Bike Youth Hostel by the General German Bicycle Club. In December 2005, the stretch of road and cycling route between West Waldeck (Youth Hostel) to the barrage was finalised. This made it possible to do a full tour around the Edersee. The route around Edersee is about 55 km long. The Edersee Cycling Route (which connects with the long-distance cycling routes R5 and R6) takes you through one of the most beautiful low-mountain landscapes in Germany and offers huge variety. It is suitable for young and old cyclists, trained athletes and those who are still aspiring to become ones. However, we do not recommend all of the route for racing bikes. On the south side, in the Kellerwald-Edersee national park, part of the cycling route leads along natural tracks.

For more information, go to www.edersee-radweg.de.

The Eder river and the landscapes around it, which are the most pristine Hesse has to offer, are best discovered by bike or on foot. A good tip for cyclists is the Ederauen Cycling Route (from the source to the estuary of the Eder, more information on www. adfc.de), and both cyclists and hikers will enjoy the Ederauen adventure trail, which is part of this route. The Ederauen adventure trail (from Edersee lake to Fritzlar) is currently about 20 km long. The path leads along the river all the way. There are a number of stops along the way with information relating to the river, such as information on water quality, fish pass, bridges and dams along the Eder, gold panning, meditation etc.