A magnificent view of Lake Edersee embedded in the National Park's sea of beech trees reveals the beauty of the World Heritage Site.
In the Kellerwald, the world's best acidophilous beech forests of the European low mountain ranges grow on slate and greywacke. Extensive old woodrush-beech forests characterise the scenery of the unfragmented and topographically rich forest landscape, with an above-average proportion of old-growth and primeval forest relicts that are unique for Central Europe. Typical bird and bat communities as well as species dwelling in dead wood, including several primeval forest indicator species, define the quiet old beech forests. The beech reaches its limits on rocky slopes and boulder fields, where it grows in bizarre shapes.
Spectacular insights into both ancient and emergent wilderness open up along the Urwaldsteig (primeval forest trail), which traverses the Natural World Heritage for more than 20 kilometres. It even includes the bizarre remnants of primeval forest on the opposite shore of Lake Edersee, beyond the boundaries of the national park. Visitors should follow the Ringelsberg Route to get an impression of the Natural World Heritage of the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany. Numerous facets of the Natural World Heritage can be admired here: hall-like beech forests with mighty trunks on the plateau, bizarre forest patterns on the rocky slopes or the spring-fed gorges leading to Lake Edersee, where the beech reaches its boundary and is crowded by oaks, European ash, and Tilia.
Each German component part has a designated World Heritage Route for visitors to explore.
On each of these memorable routes, the app provides a wealth of additional information on the typical and unique features of the respective regional beech forests, and on numerous interesting attractions within the protected area (POI - Point Of Interest).