European history on the Orange Route


Bad Arolsen

Princess Emma zu Waldeck und Pyrmont was born in Bad Arolsen Residential Palace on August 2, 1858. The princess from the Orange dynasty became the second wife of William III, King of the Netherlands, and is therefore the ancestor of today's Dutch royal family.

The former Queen Beatrix is a great-granddaughter of hers. The Orange Route links this close relationship between German and Dutch history at numerous interesting locations. The approximately 2,400-kilometre route leads through 9 federal states and the Netherlands to important stations of the dynasty. Princess Emma made sure that the northern Hessian town of Bad Arolsen and its castle are also on the route.

Yellow residential palace in Bad Arolsen


Connections to the Edersee and Teutoburg Forest

Join the route by bike from here and experience a piece of the splendor of Dutch royalty and European history. The stage of the route towards Frankberg/Edersee is 82.5 km long and leads through the Kellerwald forest. As a stopover after Bad Pyrmont, the route runs for 51.9 km through the Teutoburg Forest/Eggegebirge Nature Park and on to Bad Driburg.

All this will give you an impression of what Europe means: Europe is not Brussels, it is on our doorstep. Explore its history, tradition and culture with us and feel what it means to be European.

Boats on the Edersee


Experience nature, relaxation and history

In the opposite direction to Bad Arolsen, the town of Wolfhagen is also a beautiful stop on the German Half-Timbered Road. The market square with its beautiful historic town hall from the 17th century is particularly impressive here.

Whether as a detour from the Oranier Route or as a transfer between the routes: The region has a lot to offer! Experience history up close in combination with nature and pure relaxation!

Edersee dam from the front

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