Ferienregion Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald

The Waldhotel’s highlights around the ‘King of the Bavarian Forest’


The Waldhotel’s highlights around the ‘King of the Bavarian Forest’

Limitless nature – the Bavarian Forest National Park is home to spectacular flora and fauna. In the forest, nature is allowed to be nature again and return back to its original wildness and primeval forest. When nature is left to its own devices, it can thrive.

In this Collection, we introduce you to the Waldhotel Seebachschleife and the nature around the Great Arber mountain, the so-called ‘King of the Bavarian Forest’. Standing at 1,456 metres (4,776 feet), it is the highest mountain in the area and is deservedly a popular adventure destination. At its foot, you roam through magnificent forests, discover trees that are several hundred years old, and explore moor and felt landscapes.

Green is the color that defines everything here. Whether it's the lush grassy green of the foliage, the mystical emerald green of the Arber lakes, the fir green of the dense coniferous forests or the deep green of the rivers – the Bavarian Forest leaves a lasting impression on you. You can look forward to a nice mixture of somewhat more demanding Tours with more than 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) and more than 800 metres (2,624 feet) of altitude on the Falkenstein or easy walks around the Großer Arbersee lake. On two Tours, you also walk on the Goldsteig, a 660-kilometer (372 mile) long long-distance hiking trail that runs through the Bavarian Forest and beyond.

There is also a lot of history to discover in the Bavarian Forest. As a glass cutting and manufacturing village, Seebachschleife has an interesting past. In 1851, Wilhelm Abele built a glass and mirror cutter, diverting a channel from the Großer Regen river to power it. The glass was supplied by the Seebachhütte nearby. From 1919 to 1928, the Seebachschleife served as an eyeglass lens grinding shop for the Rodenstock company's Regener plant. Since 1934, the former glass grinding building has housed a power plant.

All Tours begin more or less directly from the Waldhotel, a great starting point for your adventures. You can either walk or take the bus to the starting points – check the timetables at reception. We recommend arriving by train as a car is not necessary in the region. The Waldhotel offers a shuttle service from the train station Bayerisch Eisenstein. The train ride from Munich via Plattling takes about three and a half hours. As you can see, your holiday at the Waldhotel Seebachschleife is characterised by relaxation and pure nature.

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Tours & Highlights

    11.6 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Your tour takes you to the king of the Bavarian Forest, the Großer Arber - at 1,456 meters, the highest mountain in the area. Many roads lead to the goal here. This starts right at the Waldhotel, which is very pleasant because you don't have to include bus timetables or parking options in your planning.The first highlight of your tour awaits you after a good eight kilometers and a large part of the 850 vertical meters - the Mittagsplatzl. If you feel like it, this viewpoint, as the name suggests, is perfect for a leisurely rest. You can enjoy a wonderful view of the large Arbersee and a huge, impenetrable forest area.After a few more kilometers and a steady ascent you will reach the highest point far and wide. At the rocky summit, you hug the wooden summit cross once, immortalize yourself in the summit book and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view. On the descent you walk past the tranquil Arber chapel and then you come to two rest stops - the Eisensteiner hut and the Arberschutzhaus. Bavarian delicacies await you in both dining rooms.On a rustic path interspersed with stones you climb back into the valley and have a beautiful destination in view - the Great Arbersee with a stop at the Arberseehaus. On the cozy sun terrace you overlook the idyllic water on which water lilies bloom in summer. From here you take the bus back to the Waldhotel.

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    8.98 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At 1,384 meters, the Kleine Arber is the highest mountain in the Upper Bavarian Forest Nature Park and is only a few kilometers away from the King of the Bavarian Forest, the Großer Arber. It is also made of gneiss. There is a handsome wooden cross on its summit, which is perfect for a summit selfie. After you have entered yourself in the summit book, you can enjoy the wonderful view over the Lamer Winkel between the mountains Hoher Bogen, Osser, Arber and Kaitersberg to the Zellertal.

    On the Kleine Arber, numerous hiking trails lead from Bodenmais, from the Kleiner Arbersee or from Schareben, among others. You choose the path that starts from the Kleiner Arbersee and here you can already enjoy an overwhelming view of this natural lake, equipped with small islands and surrounded by dense forest. From here the ascent to the summit begins. You will conquer a total of 580 meters in altitude - easy to master with good fitness.

    Below the summit, the Chamer Hütte entices you to stop. Alternatively, you can stop off at the Seehäusl after the descent. The beer and the snack taste very good in any case, because you can enjoy a great view from both places. If you prefer it a little quieter and more lonely, you are better off here than on the Großer Arber.

    On really hot days you can take a dip in the water at the lake. Since you need about five hours for the tour, at least one comfortable sunbath is enough. Happy and satisfied you go back to the beautiful Waldhotel by bus after a beautiful day in nature.

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  • Easy
    1.19 mi
    2.3 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Take it easy on your walk around the Großer Arbersee. The start is the bus stop at the hotel, from which you take the bus to the Großer Arbersee. So you can be chauffeured directly to your destination. The wildly romantic circular hiking trail is designed to be barrier-free and therefore suitable for wheelchair users and prams. Along the lakeshore you can marvel at the impressive, rustic flora and fauna as well as read a lot of exciting information about history, origins and nature on the information boards.

    You only need about half an hour for a lap around the lake. But there is so much to marvel at, to experience and of course to eat that you can spend half a day or a full day at the lake. Just let yourself go and enjoy the beautiful, unspoilt nature in the heart of the Bavarian Forest.

    The swinging lawns, known as floating islands, are particularly impressive. You can find this on the western edge of the Arbersee. They cover about two hectares of the water surface and were created in the 19th century when the Arbersee was dammed by more than half a meter for the wood drift. In the process, bog covers detached themselves from the current lake floor and have been floating on the water surface ever since.

    In addition, the imposing, 400 meters steep Arberseewand with its small waterfalls and swamp hollows will cast a spell over you. The water lilies on the lake are also nice to look at and of course the dense forest that surrounds everything, which gives the whole sight a touch of Canada.

    You can stop off at the Arberseehaus and enjoy delicious, local specialties in Bavarian cosiness. Shortly before your destination, the bus stop, you can give in to your play instinct. Because here is a forest ball track, on which you can play extensively with wooden balls from the machine installed there.

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    6.60 mi
    2.1 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On your tour you can expect a wonderful hike through the forest and along the partly calm and sometimes wildly flowing Great Rain. You can start comfortably at your accommodation, the Waldhotel Seebachschleife, and reach the first highlight after just a few minutes.The watermill is still a relic from times when the drift was necessary for the transport of wood from the valley. A great resting place a little later is ideal for a first drinking break. Take a seat on the bench and watch the rain bubbling happily. At 22 kilometers, it is the longest river in the Bavarian Forest. Its two source rivers, the Big and the Little Rain, arise on the Bohemian side and unite in Zwiesel to form the Black Rain.

    A short rest is also good because you can collect your resources here again. From now on it's steadily uphill. But you won't even notice because you are hiking through wonderfully natural and rustic forests. The big rain is your constant companion. Maples, alders, willows and hazel bushes cover the path with their green canopy of leaves and provide pleasant shade.

    When you have reached 860 meters, the highest point of your tour, from now on it goes happily downhill until you reach the Trifterklause Schwellhäusl. The inn is a popular destination in the land of the Arber. Bavarian snacks, hearty lunches, coffee, cakes and tarts await you here, as well as a trout pond, an adventure playground and a petting zoo.
    Make yourself comfortable in the cozy beer garden or the rustic dining room and try a "Beer from the Stoa", the Trifter dark beer. Good luck! Your hotel is not far away from here.

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    13.0 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Great Falkenstein is a 1,315 meter high mountain in the Bavarian Forest National Park. Various, sometimes demanding, trails lead to its summit. The area scores with a wonderful jungle and small waterfalls. Sturdy shoes and good functional clothing, depending on the weather, are highly recommended. After a successful ascent, you can look forward to a stop at the managed Falkenstein shelter - the view from the large panorama window is uniquely beautiful.The tour is all about the exciting landscapes of the Bavarian Forest National Park. On your way you wander through Filze, these are original high moor landscapes in which you can discover cranberries, bogberries, peat moss and cotton grass as well as the sundew, a carnivorous plant. The shafts are also exciting. These are former forest pastures for the young cattle that spent the few summer months here.But the jungle should be mentioned as a special highlight. After about four kilometers on your hike you will reach the Hans-Watzlik-Hain. A narrow path leads as an adventure path through the forest with its giant trees up to two meters thick, 500 years old and over 50 meters high. The right place to hug a tree. Do your arms reach around once? After the jungle comes the hard ascent. In total, more than 800 meters of altitude must be conquered.Before you reach the wonderful panorama of the summit and the well-deserved stop, you hike through a landscape on the wind-throw adventure trail that at first reminds you of a natural disaster. There are fallen trees lying around here and the forest is practically no longer there. In fact, a great storm has swept through here. The national park administration leaves the forest to self-regeneration - and nature works its way back into the beautiful forest.The ascent into this rustic landscape requires stamina and surefootedness, but you will be rewarded with incomparable peace and beauty. Please note that you should leave the forest quickly in a stormy wind or not enter it at all, because falling dead wood poses a risk here. In wet weather and in winter, the tour is much more difficult to tackle due to the risk of slipping and it is best not to do it.

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    The Großer Arber is practically our local mountain. The Waldhotel Seebachschleife is located directly at the foot of the largest mountain in the Bavarian Forest - and on the beautiful “Goldsteig” hiking trail, on which you can discover the low mountain range of the Upper Palatinate Forest and the Bavarian Forest over 660 kilometers.

    The hotel has a lift and 42 double rooms, all of which have a balcony. The amenities in the house include a large indoor swimming pool, a sauna, an infrared cabin and relaxation room, a hydro-jet massage, a heated ski, drying and storage room and a large selection of drinks. For example, you can try the regional beers.

    Great hiking routes around the Arber, the Falkenstein and Sumava National Parks and the Bavarian Forest cross-country ski trails can be found right on the doorstep or you can reach them free of charge by bus and train. The next bus stop with direct connections to the train station or to the Großer Arber is only a two-minute walk away. So you don't need a car on site - why not get there by train! We offer a free shuttle service to Bayerisch Eisenstein train station.

    If you would like to explore the area on your own, you can also rent in-house e-bikes. Otherwise we have a lot of great excursion tips in the form of brochures for you at our reception. Of course, we would also be happy to advise you personally. Look forward to an eventful holiday in the middle of the natural paradise of the Bavarian Forest! You can find more information about the accommodation under the following link: seebachschleife.de

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Highlights
  • Distance
    41.4 mi
  • Duration
    21:40 h
  • Elevation
    8,525 ft
Ferienregion Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald

The Waldhotel’s highlights around the ‘King of the Bavarian Forest’