The best of the Goldsteig in Eastern Bavaria – 6 scenic hikes
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If you long to take some time out in the largest continuous forest in Central Europe then hiking the Goldsteig Trail is just right for you. On the German side, you explore 660 kilometres (410 miles) of charming mountain ranges, spectacular views, fascinating forests, and river landscapes from the Upper Palatinate Forest to the Bavarian Forest. To give you a taste of the Goldsteig region, we’ve put together six circular Tours which showcase the area’s spectacular diversity, even on a one day hike.
The Goldsteig is the longest and most versatile quality hiking trail in Germany. With the 289-kilometre (179 mile) long Bruderweg (Brother’s Way) in the Czech Republic and many feeder routes, alternative trails and intersecting paths, you can indulge your wanderlust on a total trail network of about 2,000 kilometres (1,242 miles). Five nature parks, the Bavarian Forest National Park and the Šumava National Park are waiting to be discovered.
We have selected six circular Tours for you, each with a different character and varying in distance. From the 5-kilometre (3 mile) casual walk to the challenging 20-kilometre (12.4 mile) hike, there is something for everyone. The pretty landscapes and sights are truly fascinating. The hikes lead through the shaded and green Waldnaab valley and the enchanting Pfreimd valley to mountain ranges with great views and through the heart of pond landscapes that are typical to the region. It goes without saying that our Tours take you past inns and huts where you can tuck into local specialities too.
To help you enjoy the beautiful paths worry-free, we recommend wearing sturdy hiking shoes and bringing waterproof clothing, sufficient drinks and a small snack in your rucksack.
Of course, you can drive to every starting point with your car as parking is available everywhere along the circular Tours. Where possible, we’ve included a link to public transport links in the Tour descriptions too.
So let’s get started! Lace up your shoes and pack your rucksack – the Goldsteig is waiting for you.
This round about nine kilometers long starts at the beautiful market square of Falkenberg. The impressive church of St. Pankratius and the imposing castle enthroned on a huge rock spur give you a picture of Falkenberg's long tradition as a market town.
The uniquely beautiful path takes you a few kilometers…
This almost 14-kilometer hiking tour takes you through the magical Pfreimdtal north of Trausnitz. Today the sturdy hiking shoes are a must, because it goes over hill and dale and some provisions should not be missing in your backpack, because there are only places to stop for refreshments in Trausnitz…
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Today's hike is about 20 kilometers long and perfectly suited to discover the Goldsteig for you. There are inns in Wildstein and Lukahammer on this tour. Take enough drinks and a snack with you anyway, because you will find an endless number of beautiful places along the way that are suitable for an…
The hike around the Brandmoos nature reserve is about eleven kilometers long, has few gradients and is very varied. This round is suitable for all age groups and offers a very special attraction with the nature observation footbridge in Wiesenfelden.
You start at the Waldgasthof Schiederhof and walk…
Today's hike is about ten kilometers long and leads you through the sea of forest in the area of the Grandsberg near Schwarzach. Take a small picnic with you for this hike, because you will find many places with wonderful views and insights that invite you to take a relaxing break. The sturdy hiking…
Today's tour, an approximately five-kilometer-long premium hiking trail with only minor differences in altitude, was originally initiated by Gibacht mountain host and glass artist Ralph Wenzel. Here the sights and wonderful viewpoints are lined up and offer you a small and intensive break in the beautiful…
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