One of the most popular holiday regions in Germany, the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park is perfect for those who enjoy walking, cycling and water sports. The park is located in the state of Hesse, and lies to the south of the crystal-clear waters of the Edersee lake in the red beech forests, called the Kellerwald. Combine a hiking trip through the park’s lush forests and long meadows with some canoeing and sailing at the lake, for an ideal time.
As I was jet-lagged and famished after my flight, I decided it might be good idea to go for a ‘typically German’ feast at a fine-dining restaurant called Villa Merton. Tall waitresses smiled cheerfully, serving an assortment of wines—Swiss, German, red and white; appetizers followed by a nine-course meal— Rodgau Spargel mit Basilikum (rodgau asparagus with basil), Zweierlei vom Weidekalb (two kinds of willow calf), Ganseleber mit eingelegter Makrele (foie gras with pickled mackerel), potatoes, pork, Eisben, Sauerkraut and sausages. I topped it all off with some yummy peaches and cream pastries, and picked up some black forest at the Wirelberg Garten next door.
This stark whitewashed gallery housed in a converted glass warehouse around the corner from the Jewish Museum, is a superb spot from which to take stock of the local scene from 1870 to the present day, including works of artists of the Weimar periods such as Otto Dix and George Grosz.