Ferienregion Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald

Pension Elan's favourite hikes around the ‘King of the Bavarian Forest’

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Pension Elan's favourite hikes around the ‘King of the Bavarian Forest’

The view from the summit of the Great Arber, the highest peak in the Bavarian Forest in Germany, stretches far and wide. From here, you can see all of the eight thousand-metre (3,280 feet) mountains and the Bohemian Forest in the Czech Republic. There are many different trails that lead up to the 1,456-metre (4,776 feet) high ‘King of the Bavarian Forest’ and to its neighbouring mountains. The paths through the magnificent forests attract nature lovers from all over Germany. In this Collection, we present five particularly beautiful Tours on and around the ‘King’ – the Great Arber.


A perfect starting point for your explorations into the deep, untouched forests of the Bavarian Forest National Park is Bayerisch Eisenstein village. The Pension Elan guesthouse is specially designed for outdoor sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. During the day, you can quickly reach the magnificent forests, panoramic peaks and picturesque lakes on foot or by bus. After an eventful day of hiking, you can relax in the hotel's sauna or get comfortable by the fireplace. The guesthouse’s staff are on hand to give you valuable tips, such as which bus to catch and where to take a break, to ensure you enjoy beautiful hikes.

When you check-in, you receive the so-called aktivCARD, which allows you to use public transport in the region free of charge. This means you can easily get out and about during your holiday without your own car. If you arrive by train, Pension Elan offers a pickup service from the station. If you are coming with your little ones, you can leave your cot and baby monitor at home – the pension can lend you them.

Look forward to nature, which is allowed to be nature and immerse yourself in the pristine forest of the Bavarian Forest National Park. Hike along exciting trails through the deep forests, explore the Bavarian-Bohemian border region and enjoy the rustic inns. What more could you need for an unforgettable hiking holiday? After all the adventuring, Pension Elan is ready to welcome you for a comfortable stay.

If you are looking for more inspiration for hikes in the region, you can find a few more Tour suggestions here: komoot.de/user/ferienregionnationalparkbayerischerwald/collections.

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Tours & Highlights

    Easy
    00:30
    1.14 mi
    2.3 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Great Arbersee is a testimony to the last ice age, a mighty glacier carved out the basin of the so-called Karsees thousands of years ago. Today the lake offers you a wonderful excursion destination with a varied landscape. This relaxed hike leads you around on the almost two kilometer long path.It starts at the bus stop Großer Arbersee clockwise around the body of water. The Great Arbersee with its floating moor islands, the imposing Arbersee wall and the adjacent mixed mountain forests have been a nature reserve since 1939. So there is enough to discover on this short hike.You will also pass several beautiful resting places that invite you to enjoy the beautiful nature. At the end of the round you can stop at the Amberseehaus. After a hearty meal, how about a trip on a pedal boat across the water?

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    Intermediate
    04:35
    8.07 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Große Arber is not called the “King of the Bavarian Forest” for nothing: At 1,456 meters, it is the highest mountain in the low mountain range. Enjoying the view from the summit is practically a must during your holiday in the region. There are even two peaks on your list on this 13-kilometer circular hike: First you go to the Kleine Arber and then on to the big brother.The starting point of your hike is at the Thurnhof lift. At the beginning you hike a bit on the plain until you reach the idyllic Kleiner Arbersee. You can take a break in the Seehäusl before the challenging part of the hike begins. Little by little you climb through the dense forest up to the Kleiner Arber. At the summit of the 1,384-meter-high mountain, you can make yourself comfortable on the rock plateau and enjoy the wonderful view. If you haven't packed a snack, you will find refreshment in the Chamer hut.A few meters of altitude are still ahead of you on your way to the Großer Arber. Once you have reached the summit of the "King", the Bavarian-Bohemian border mountains extend around you. You look over the lush green Bavarian Forest to the Lusen. The name Arber is derived from the Celtic “Arduikos” (in German “the high mountain”). After all, the Große Arber is the second highest mountain in Germany outside the Alps after the Feldberg.You can also ideally enjoy the view from one of the two mountain huts including a Bavarian specialty. From the summit it goes straight downhill to the starting point of the hike.

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  • Difficult
    04:06
    7.12 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,825 ft
    1,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This hike takes you high up: You climb the 1,456 meter high Großer Arber, the "King of the Bavarian Forest". Look forward to wonderful views, a varied landscape and Bavarian hospitality. The eleven-kilometer loop on the Großer Arbersee begins.You hike through the dense forest and start the ascent to the Großer Arber in a relaxed manner. The path leads you in a large arc to the summit, the ascent is quite long, but not so steep. After about five kilometers you will reach the panoramic Mittagsplatzl. Here you can take a break with a view of the Großer Arbersee.With fresh energy, you then tackle the second part of the ascent. At the end it gets really steep again before you stand on the summit and enjoy a fantastic view over the Bavarian-Bohemian border mountains. Let your gaze wander over the treetops and take a deep breath. On the Großer Arber you will also find two mountain huts where you can stop.Down to the Großer Arbersee it goes on a rather steep path through the beautiful forest. Arrived at the lakeshore, you can either take a lap around the water or treat yourself to a well-deserved stop at the Arberseehaus.

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    Intermediate
    03:34
    7.17 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Let nature be nature - that is the motto of the Bavarian Forest National Park. And you can experience it up close on this eleven-kilometer hike. You dive into the German jungle, enjoy a wonderful landscape and let your gaze wander over the green treetops. The tour starts at Pension Elan in Bayerisch Eisenstein.You leave the climatic health resort, cross the train tracks and you are already in the middle of the jungle. This tour takes you in a wide arc around the Hochberg. On the way you pass bent trees, unfolded root plates and huge giant trees. Humans do not intervene so that the forest can unfold in its original form. Little by little, a natural habitat developed in which a number of plants and animals feel at home.You will reach the Trifterklause about halfway through. The Schwellhäusl is located on the small lake, where you can sample the Bavarian specialties. Then you continue on wonderful hiking trails through the forest. Shortly before the end of your round you will reach the Hochfels. It is worth taking a break at the lookout point to enjoy the great view of the Großer Arber.Soon you will cross the train tracks again and walk back to Pension Elan. Keep your head free from any everyday stress, because a few hours in the forest offer perfect relaxation.

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    Intermediate
    03:42
    8.50 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Do it like the Great Rain on this 14-kilometer hike and just let yourself drift away. The circular hike takes you along the riverbank through the picturesque Regental with its unspoilt forest. The tour starts at Pension Elan in Bayerisch Eisenstein.After a few meters you will reach the Great Rain and follow the babbling river on its journey through the wild and romantic valley. The almost 24 kilometer long watercourse flows into the Black Rain in Zwiesel and then flows further and further into the Danube. On this section, however, the river meanders slowly through the rustic valley. Always along the shore you hike to Regenhütte, the turning point of this tour. Before you start the march back, however, it is worth taking a break in Juditas Café.Then you stroll through the Regental back to the starting point. Although you are not as close to the Great Rain as you were on the way there, you can now enjoy the wonderful forest in the Regental even more intensely. Shortly before Bayerisch Eisenstein you will meet the familiar path again and walk the last part back to the guesthouse.

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    Pension Elan

    Hiking Highlight

    Welcome to our three-star pension right at the foot of the Großer Arber. The Pension Elan is located in Bayerisch Eisenstein, a climatic health resort on the border with the Czech Republic. You can start wonderful hikes and bike tours or cross-country skiing tours around the Arber and in the Falkenstein and Sumava National Park directly from the house. There is enough space for your equipment in our heated ski / drying / storage room. We also have a lot of information material to help you plan - including personal tips from your hosts.

    After a long day in the fresh air, a sauna awaits you in the guesthouse, which you can use free of charge (bathrobes included). In the evening you can make yourself comfortable in the lounge by the fireplace, try out the various regional beers and play our large selection of games. Our garden is of course particularly beautiful in summer.

    If you are traveling without a car, the guesthouse offers a free shuttle service to Bayerisch Eisenstein train station. The next bus stop is only a two-minute walk away, so you are mobile without your own vehicle. As a guest of our pension, you will receive a free aktivCARD when you arrive: This gives you numerous discounts for experiences in the region and you can use local transport for free.

    You can find more information about Pension Elan here: pension-elan.de.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Highlights
    1
  • Distance
    32.0 mi
  • Duration
    16:28 h
  • Elevation
    5,975 ft

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