Swimming lakes in Hesse: these are the 5 most beautiful lakes

The Edersee is located in the nature reserve Kellerwald-Edersee, directly in the North Hesse district of Waldeck-Frankenberg. The lake is almost 1200 hectares. You can reach the lake by car via the A5, A7 and A44.

  • If you like to be alone when bathing, you have the opportunity to look for your place on the almost 70 km of waterfront, which is freely accessible to everyone.

  • On the other hand, if you like to have people around when swimming, you can visit the Waldeck lido in the north of the lake.

  • Sailing, surfing, water skiing and diving are also permitted on the lake.

  • There is also a dog beach.


The Aartalsee with its almost 83 hectares is the second largest lake in Hesse. It is located in the upper Aar Valley and borders on the municipalities of Hohenahr and Bischoffen. From Marburg you only need about 40 minutes to the water via the B255 or the B3. The fastest route from Gießen is via the L3047.

  • You will find here a sandy beach and extensive lawns.

  • There are also numerous opportunities for fans of water sports, only motorized watercraft are not permitted.

  • Anglers also get their money's worth: they can catch fish in many parts of the lake.

  • The hiking trail that leads around the lake is also very beautiful (also suitable for cycling and inline skating).


The Twistesee is located just like the Edersee in the Waldeck-Frankenberg district. The lake covers an area of ​​almost 76 hectares. From Kassel you need about 45 minutes by car (via the A44) to get to the Twistesee.

  • For "active vacationers" there is a golf course, a mini golf course and even a water ski center. If you like to go canoeing or pedaling, this is the right place for you.

  • There are also volleyball fields and children's playgrounds near the lawn (including slides, climbing frames, etc.).

  • If you want to take your four-legged friend with you, you will find a dog beach on the northeastern shore of the lake.

Langener Waldsee

The Langerer Waldsee is right outside Frankfurt. With its 58 hectares, this is the largest bathing lake in the Rhine-Main area. The B44 takes about 25 minutes to Langerer Waldsee by car.

  • The south of the lake is left entirely to nature. The north, on the other hand, is used as a bathing and relaxation area.

  • You will find an almost one kilometer long sandy beach and a lawn as well as plenty of space for surfing, fishing and camping.

  • A small minus point for dog owners: four-legged friends are not allowed on the entire premises.

Vogel swimming lake

From Darmstadt you need almost 30 minutes by car on the B26 to get to the Vogel swimming lake. This is located in the municipality of Trebur in the Groß-Gerau district. At less than 4 hectares in size, it is the smallest of the lakes presented.

  • There are sanitary facilities, changing rooms and a small snack (so the physical well-being is taken care of).

  • Here you will find two beaches with sunbathing areas and a separate non-swimmer area.

  • In summer you can also rent rubber boats here.

In the next article, we will give you five tips on how you can save people at the lake if necessary.

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