The Bavarian Forest is a wonderful holiday destination for families. As the area is sparsely populated, there’s plenty of space for nature and thus plenty of room for your children to explore. The forest has a lot to discover, especially in the region of the national park, such as picturesque mountain lakes, exciting gorge trails, and diverse forest animals. At the Höcker Kinderparadies holiday apartments near Grafenau, families are in good hands. Here, you can enjoy a child-friendly farm stay combined with a hiking holiday.
In this Collection, we present seven beautiful hikes that are well suited to little feet or even a pram. The routes are not that long and there is plenty of variety along the way. The times given only refer to the walking time so be sure to plan a little longer so that the young hikers can take time to explore.
Not far from the Höcker Kinderparadies, you can walk around a reservoir and explore the fantastic Steinklamm Gorge. There is also an exciting nature trail with a large forest playground nearby. The well-known Großer Arber, the highest peak in the Bavarian Forest, is also a nice destination for families. The mountain is just as impressive from below and you can walk around a beautiful lake at its foot. At Ludwigsthal village, you can go on an adventurous walk through wolves, lynx, and wild horses’ enclosures, and visit a reconstructed stone age cave. A trip to the boulders in the forest by Steinernen Kirchlein. On a hike to Wagensonnriegel, you can enjoy particularly beautiful views.
And what about after the hike? There is plenty to experience at Höcker Kinderparadies too.
At the organic farm, the goats are waiting for you to stroke them and the ponies are looking forward to going for a ride. There are lots of toys both indoors and outdoors. The little ones can jump on the trampoline to their heart’s content or take a tractor ride. In the evening, you can sit around the campfire telling stories. As your eyes get heavy, your bed in the cosy holiday apartment is waiting for you.
As a guest at Höcker Kinderparadies, you get the National Park Card with the GUTi symbol. This allows you to use all buses and trains in the national park region free of charge. From Monday to Saturday, a bus takes you directly from Habernberg, i.e. right outside the door of the Kinderparadies, to Eppenschlag or Schönberg. You can find the timetables and other information (in German) here: bayerwald-ticket.com/bus-und-bahn-im-nationalpark.
The Bavarian Forest and the Höcker Kinderparadies offer the perfect mix of adventure, discovery and relaxation. The whole family will feel at home here! If your children are good on their feet and up for a longer hike, you can find other options here: komoot.de/user/ferienregionnationalparkbayerischerwald/collections.
This hike is shaped by the element of water. It circles the reservoir at Hartmannsreit and leads along the banks of the Große Ohe. Hartmannsreit is very close to the Höcker children's paradise. Here you can go on a spontaneous hike with your family without much planning.You start on the north shore of the lake and immediately walk along the shore. The path leads you to the dam wall, which you cross. On the other side there is a stone fish ladder to admire. Perhaps you will see one or the other fish swimming against the current?Then you leave the lake shore and hike a few meters uphill through the forest. Then it becomes flat again and you hike in a large loop always parallel to the course of the Große Ohe in the valley back to your starting point.
Hikers of all ages discover the Steinklamm on exciting paths. The water of the Große Ohe has dug its way through the earth between mighty rocks and tall trees near Spiegelau. For a hike to this natural spectacle, the whole family is best put on sturdy shoes with good soles, because it can be a bit slippery here by the water.The hike starts in Spiegelau, where there is a parking lot right on the banks of the Große Ohe, from which it is not far to the gorge. The valley quickly narrows and it goes into a fairytale forest with moss-covered stones, bubbling waterfalls and smoothly polished rocks. And the rocks are not the only thing that is sanded smooth: In the bank area you can look with your family for colorful glass stones that have become completely round from their time in the water.First you walk on an asphalt road past the last houses in the village. Then turn left and follow the river bank, where there is a lot to discover. For the way back, choose the path that leads you back to Spiegelau further up the slope.
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This path is not long, but you can still spend a lot of time here with your family. A large forest playground and a nature trail make the hike as entertaining and exciting as possible. It's never far from station to station and the little ones get to know nature in a playful way.The parking lot for this round is located on the northern outskirts of Spiegelau. Right at the beginning you will pass the large forest playground. You can spend several hours here alone, but the play equipment is still there at the end of the hike.And so you do a little lap with your family first. On the way you discover a fairy tale forest and organize a competition with the wild animals. Who can jump as far as a fox, who even as far as a hare? The little ones get creative with instruments from nature. And then the playground is waiting again at the end of the hike.
On this hike, your children can romp through the trees and scramble around on mighty rocks. There are many boulders hidden in the forest - with a little skill you might even be able to make one of them wobble.The route starts at the hiking car park on the edge of Entschenreuth. Right at the beginning you go for a piece over open meadows, then you dive into the forest and only leave it at the end of the hike - ideal also for hot summer days.The first highlight awaits at the highest point of the route: The rocking stone balances on another stone and can supposedly be moved. Go ahead, try your luck! From here it gradually goes downhill to the left. Soon you will pass the equally impressive Thief Stone, whose rocks form a stone gate.Then you will reach an intersection. Here you turn sharply left and shortly afterwards you arrive at the stone church, where an altar is hidden in a cave made of rocks. Which family member will be the first to enter? Back to the parking lot, after extensive exploration, it goes gently downhill through the forest.
The loop around the Großer Arbersee is a leisurely, short hike. Therefore it is also suitable for families with small children. With the stroller you also have no problem on the developed paths.The route starts right at the Arberseehaus, where there is also a large car park. First you walk around to the right through the forest directly along the water. Between the trees you have a nice view over to the west bank, where the Arberseewand rises. To the north of this steep rock face, the Great Arber, at 1,455.5 meters the highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest, stretches into the sky.Below the rocks on the west bank, a wooden footbridge leads you over the moor with dry feet. On the south bank, the lake is then in the foreground. A special feature are the floating islands, which are overgrown with bog plants and slowly move over the surface of the water. At the end of the circular route you can stop off at the Arberseehaus and rent a pedal boat to take another lap across the water.
The Wagensonnriegel is a summit with little altitude, but a lot of views - a perfect family hike. At the very top there are several benches that are ideal for a well-deserved snack. There are also several places to take a break on the go.The route starts at the hiking car park in the small hamlet of Waldhaus. Right at the beginning you will pass a small chapel. In autumn the children can look for beechnuts among the red leaves here. You follow the path north past the last yard. Then you step into the forest, where a comfortable forest path first leads you uphill for a while and then downhill again. Keep left at the first fork. There is a refuge here, which you will also pass on the way back.You cross a watercourse and start the ascent to the summit. It also gets a little steeper for a moment. And then you've already climbed the car sun bolt with its 959 meters! At the top there is a wonderful view of the Bavarian Forest and the Geißkopf opposite. A cross and a particularly beautiful chapel adorn the summit plateau.From the Wagensonnriegel you descend to the southeast. At a crossroads you will pass the Rinchnach spring. Now you hike another big right bend and then come back to the forest path that you already know from the beginning of the hike. It brings you back to the starting point.
This hike near Ludwigsthal is really good: A reconstructed Stone Age cave and several wild animal enclosures await you in the open air. Families can easily spend a whole day here.There is a large parking lot north of Ludwigsthal. This is also where the train stops, under whose tracks you dive straight into the forest. You turn to the right and head straight for a recreated cave that takes you and your family back to the Paleolithic with wall paintings.You will then get to know two animals that used to live in the wild in this region: wild horses and ancient cattle. Here you live side by side with wolves and lynxes - but of course separated by a fence. The two predators still have their territories in the Bavarian Forest today. But you are more likely to see them here - even if you may have to be patient. But the joy is even greater when one of the animals shows itself.After about a third of the way you will pass the house to the wilderness - the perfect place for a break. Informative and playful at the same time, an exhibition reveals exciting things about the Bavarian Forest and how it should become a primeval forest again. If you are hungry, there is also something to eat here.The paths are well developed and maintained. That is why they are also suitable for prams. They are cleared and strewn in winter and are therefore freely accessible at all times. There are covered walkways and an observation tower.
Holidays on the farm are so beautiful: the whole family is in good hands in the Höcker children's paradise. The little ones ride the ponies, run with the dwarf goats across the meadows and go cuddling in the petting zoo. Parents and children can help with the stable work and get to know the animals even better. There is also no shortage of toys inside or outside. In the evening everyone relaxes around a campfire.
Our organic farm is surrounded by nature, very close to the Bavarian Forest National Park. Wonderful family hikes are just a stone's throw away. Apartments and holiday flats are available for a good night's sleep and relaxing hours on the farm. You can find more information at kinderparadies-hoecker.de.