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.