On the border between Germany and the Czech Republic, the spectacular Bavarian Forest stretches across the landscape, with its rushing streams, unique moors, and impressive peaks. In 1970, the protected area became Germany’s first national park. Under the motto ‘Let nature be nature’, you can get to know the forest up close on the hikes in this Collection. Whether you are dreaming of a relaxing getaway or ready for an active vacation, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for here.
The holiday apartment Bachhuber in Schönberg climatic health resort is the perfect starting point for your Tours in the national park. In this Collection, we present our six favorite hikes, which show you the most beautiful corners of the Bavarian Forest. Hike in the footsteps of old traditions and crafts to the Reschbachklause reservoir and the Finsterauer Filz. Enjoy incredible views and Bavarian specialties on the summit plateau of the Großer Arber and cool off your feet in Arbersee lake.
Picturesque paths run through the upper Ilz Valley, one of the few preserved stretches of wild river in Germany. An absolute highlight is also the hike through the mystical Steinklamm gorge. Here, the Große Ohe river has cut deep into the rock to create a hiker’s paradise. If you enjoy a sporty challenge, then the circular at the Frauenau dam is for you. The trail leads across the scenic Schachten, former alpine meadows in the middle of the forest. A classic is the ascent of the Großer Rachel, the second-highest mountain in the national park. From the summit, you drop down to Rachelsee lake.
Our holiday apartment is located on the edge of the Bavarian Forest National Park in the picturesque climatic health resort of Schönberg. The wooded surroundings offer fresh air, which is hard to find nowadays. Thanks to the house’s quiet location on the southern slope of the Kadernberg, you are guaranteed to find plenty of peace and relaxation. Whether hiking and mountain biking in summer or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter, nature lovers will find lots of things to do nearby. Our spacious vacation apartment is located on the ground floor and is completely barrier-free. From the living room, you step out onto the sun terrace and enjoy the colorful garden.
Only a few minutes walk from our Bachhuber apartment, you find a supermarket in Rammelsberg and bus links. You can also reach some of the hikes by bus. For this, you can use the GUTi, the Gästeservice Umwelt Ticket. You can find more information about this at bayerwald-ticket.com/fahrplaene-im-tarifgebiet-bayerwald-ticket-guti.
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The starting point of this round tour is the interesting Finsterau open-air museum. The journey by car from the Bachhuber apartment takes about 40 minutes. Whether you pay a visit to the museum village before or after your hike is entirely up to you. Let's go into the forest. The Jugensteig takes you further and further up until you meet the Zametzer Steig and keep to the left. On flat forest paths you hike to the Alte Klause rest area, where two streams meet.Surrounded by fresh air, you follow the murmuring Reschbach up the slope. It goes through the dense, untouched green of the Bavarian Forest National Park to the Reschbachklause. Such reservoirs were previously used for the wood drift and are now a natural paradise. From the Reschbachklause you take the last few meters up to the 1,263 meter high Siebensteinkopf. When you arrive at the summit cross, you can look forward to an impressive view of the main Alpine ridge.Then it goes from Siebensteinkopf directly to the border between Germany and the Czech Republic. Parallel to the border, you march through the forest on a hiking trail that is a cross-country ski trail in winter - you can also explore this wonderful nature in winter. After about eight kilometers you will pass another hermitage: The Teufelsklause was also artificially dammed for the Holztrift.Following the Schwellgraben, you hike down into the valley. The Finsterauer Filz awaits you there, a renatured high moor with its very own vegetation. You continue to Wistlberg and from there the well-known youth path leads you back to the museum village Finsterau.
Many highlights await you on this circular hike: You start at the valley station of the Arber gondola, which you can reach from the Bachhuber apartment by car in around 40 minutes. And immediately the summit storm begins to climb the mountain with a great view. Between forest and meadows you climb up to the summit plateau of the Großer Arber, where not only unbelievable views, but also two cozy huts await you: whether you prefer to stay in the modern Eisensteiner hut or in the traditional Arberschutzhaus is entirely up to you.High up at over 1,400 meters, the Bavarian Forest National Park lies at your feet and a detour to the wooden Arber Chapel is really worthwhile. From the Großer Arber, it's a little way back down the same route into the valley. At the intersection, keep left and walk to the Kleiner Arbersee, a real gem in the Bavarian Forest. You can either hike once around the idyllic lake or treat yourself to a coffee break in the rustic Seehäusl.Then it goes on flat paths to the Mooshütte, another refreshment stop. Via the village of Brennes and past the Thurnhof ski lift, you walk back to the valley station of the Arber gondola, your starting point.
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The hike through the upper Ilz Valley starts at the scrap tree mill, which you can reach in 25 minutes by car from your accommodation. The inn invites you to take a break with Bavarian specialties before or after your hike. Past the hydroelectric power station, you walk directly to the banks of the Ilz. This section is one of the few remaining wild river stretches in Germany and a true hiking paradise in the Bavarian Forest.On flat paths it goes along the water through the Ilzleiten. You will meet fishermen fishing for trout and paddlers rushing past in their canoes. The narrow forest path continues along the Ilz, which flows sometimes narrower sometimes wider through the valley. At the tailor's mill you finally cross the river and follow the path on the other side of the bank back to the scrap tree mill.In the middle of the forest you will first pass a large wooden cross and a little later the Lueger Chapel. At the small chapel there is a table and benches for a break. Following the natural course of the Ilz, you hike back to the starting point, where the garden of the scrap tree mill is already waiting for you.
This easy hike through the romantic Steinklamm starts on the outskirts of Spiegelau. The journey by car from the Bachhuber apartment takes about 15 minutes, alternatively you can also take the bus to the Spiegelau-Glashütte stop. From the starting point you hike along the Große Ohe to the south and at the end of the road change to a picturesque forest path. It goes to mossy rocks and ancient giant trees along the water.Again and again, the Große Ohe falls over stone blocks in small waterfalls - a truly mystical environment. Since 2004, hikers have been able to enjoy a safe tour through the Steinklamm again: the path was repaired on a private initiative after it had been in danger of deteriorating for years. Without big differences in altitude you hike through the idyllic forest and can enjoy a lot of peace.After a good half of the tour you leave the banks of the Große Ohe and march towards Langdorf. You pass the Krebsenbach at a small pond and follow the path to Marien-Höhe. At the vantage point you can expect a wide panoramic view of the hills of the Bavarian Forest. After a short rest on the bench, you hike back to the starting point in Spiegelau.
The starting point of this varied and, at 20 kilometers, somewhat longer tour is at the Regenbrücke car park near the Frauenau dam. The journey by car from the Bachhuber apartment takes about half an hour. Right at the beginning of the circular hike, the view of the drinking water reservoir is impressive: The deep blue lake is surrounded by wooded hills and is a wonderful photo opportunity.On the south bank of the water you cross babbling brooks and you can always look forward to changing views. Along the Old Trift Canal and the Kleiner Regen stream you will reach the first shaft of this round: shafts are cleared alpine pastures in the forest that were previously used as pastures for cattle. Today they offer wonderful resting places and fantastic views of the peaks of the Bavarian Forest National Park.Then the path becomes steeper - the rest benches at Verloren Schachten are exactly what you need. Via the Almschachten with its gnarled trees you reach the highest point of this round. At the Hochschachten you can enjoy a break with a view and then take a detour to the mountain pine felt. Back in the dense forest, it goes steadily downhill until you meet the little rain again. Return to the starting point on the north bank of the Frauenau drinking water reservoir.
The Gäll car park is the starting point for this circular hike - the journey by car from your accommodation takes about 25 minutes. And then you dive into the Bavarian Forest and start climbing the Great Rachel. It's a crisp uphill to the Lieslbrunn, where a rest bench and cold, clear water await you. The higher you climb, the lighter the rows of trees become and reveal wonderful distant views.For the last few meters to the summit, you can strengthen yourself in the rustic Waldschmidthaus and then you've made it: You are standing on the highest mountain of the Bavarian Forest National Park. From the summit cross at 1,340 meters above sea level, you can look over the endless expanses of the Bavarian Forest and the Bohemian Forest. Then you follow the route to the picturesque Rachel Chapel, which is located on a rocky promontory high above the Rachelsee.After you have thoroughly enjoyed the view, you immediately make your way down to the lake. The crystal clear Karsee was created in the last Ice Age and was carved out by glaciers. From Rachelsee it goes south along the stream. In an arc you walk past the Feistenberg refuge back to the starting point at the Gfung car park.
Take a deep breath and enjoy a lot of peace and quiet is the motto in the climatic health resort of Schönberg: Our large, bright holiday apartment is on the ground floor and is barrier-free. From the living room you step out onto the terrace, which offers you a wonderful view of the garden. In the immediate vicinity you will find many hiking trails and pure nature.