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your time out at Edersee




Intense, emotional and unforgettable: that’s what a biking vacation with us in the Sauerland is like. Very close to the Edersee is this paradise for cyclists. Those who love cycling will get their money’s worth here on vacation. Whether with a mountain bike, an e-bike or a road bike.
Our hotel has all the luxuries that cyclists love. Of course, you can also rent bicycles from us. Mountain bikes and several e-bikes and e-trekking bikes are available for our guests. In addition, more bikes can be rented at the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park Center. Of course, we are happy to arrange this for our guests. But of course there is also room for your own bike. Because for this purpose we have a special bicycle garage, where it is stored safely and dry. Guided bike tours are offered from the hotel!

The perfect day for cyclists
Your day begins in our sports hotel in the Sauerland with a nutritious and vitamin-rich breakfast. Our buffet is full of healthy delicacies that will give you strength for the day. While you enjoy this perfect start to the day, start planning your tour. Our staff will be happy to help you with this. They know the perfect route for everyone, whether trained professional or rank beginner: Around our Hotel and Spa Resort Freund, the Sauerland has something to offer for every level.
If you like it quieter, you can walk around the nearby Edersee. A special experience, especially for an excursion with the family, is the Edersee circular trail. A beautiful and idyllic path without much traffic. 50 kilometers you cycle along the lake shore. So, of course, you will also pass by the numerous attractions that await you at the Edersee. Discover the beauty of the second largest reservoir in Germany in its full glory and recharge your batteries in the beautiful nature. By the way, this route is also suitable for children.

Start bike tour directly in front of the hotel
Of course, you can vary this way as you wish. Four loops, also well signposted, branch off from it and lead you into a unique landscape. You’ll cross the border between Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia and experience why the people of Sauerland say, “Once you’ve been here, you stay here.” For example, it goes through the idyllic Werbetal, the picturesque Rehbachtal and the Schaenhäuser Hügelland. Or you can climb the flowery Frankenau meadow. Depending on the season, you will cycle through a colorful splendor that Monet could not have put on canvas more beautifully.
We recommend that you immerse yourself at least once in the Kellerwald National Park – an indescribable experience. The dense beech forests form a fresh green canopy. The sun’s rays meander their way through the crowns, and there is a wonderful smell of foliage and summer. Cycling is allowed on designated trails in the Kellerwald. However, the signposted paths do not always conform to the norm. Thus, the terrain is sometimes more uneven and the paths are narrow: a true Eldorado for experienced mountain bikers. Those who are looking for the tour through the terrain will find it here and can overcome more than 1000 meters of altitude.
Extra tour recommendations from the hotel can be found on the Ederseeregion tour portal.

Our MTB routes around Lake Edersee
Exclusively compiled MTB tours for the guests of the FREUND from the “forest heroes”.
Warm-up lap – 14 KM, 300 HM
Through the Kellerwald to the bicycle ferry at the Edersee – 40 KM, 650 HM
Kellerwaldsteig to the Edersee – 29 KM, 690 HM
GPX Download here:
Warm-up lap
Kellerwald – Edersee
Kellerwaldsteig – Lake Edersee

Eder cycle path
You can get on the Eder cycle path in Ederbringhausen and then head towards Edersee or towards Frankenberg/Eder:
Eder cycle path point Ederbringhausen
Directly on the Eder! There is free parking here, storage facilities for bicycles and battery charging lockers.
From Oberorke to Ederbringhausen/Bahnhof it is also just under 10 minutes (2.5 km) by bike.

Discover churches along the Ederradweg
Since 2018, the first church cycle path in the Evangelical Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck has connected fourteen churches in the Eder church district over a total distance of 110 km. It goes once around the Edersee and then goes from the dam in eastern direction along the Eder to Mandern (Bad Wildungen). Unique in Europe.
Bicycle rental in Sauerland – enjoy your vacation with e-bike and co.
Arrive and start cycling, that’s easy with us – our range of e-bikes and bicycles offers you exactly this freedom. Learn more about our offer here. If you decide to take advantage of our rental bikes for your vacation, we encourage you to let us know in advance. Reservations by mail or by phone at 064547090 or directly at the reception (from room no. 9).
If you prefer to bring your own bike, we also have a bike garage, where your bike can be safely stored.
You can also inquire about tours that you can do on your own or guided tours that we offer directly from the hotel.

Our e-bike fleet
Number of bikes:
9 E-mountain bikes € 25,-/day each (2 € 40,-/day)
2 trekking e-bikes € 15,-/day each (2 € 25,-/day)
More e-bikes can be rented at the NationalparkZentrum Kellerwald-Edersee – only five kilometers away from our hotel.

To borrow free of charge:
8 normal mountain bikes
3 kids bikes
A bicycle garage with bike wash station is available.

Other equipment:
Helmets can be rented, but we recommend bringing your own.


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Sauerlandstraße 6
34516 Oberorke

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Fax: 06454 709-148