Hiking around the Alte Forsthaus – 5 Tours in the Bavarian Forest
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Good morning, nice to meet you here! Waking up in the cosy ‘Förster’ holiday flat in the historic Alte Forsthaus (Old Forester’s Lodge), you are in a for a day full of exciting experiences and wonderful nature. Today, we would like to introduce you to the five most beautiful Tours around your accommodation in Riedlhütte municipality. Although the routes are geared towards different ability and fitness levels, they all have one thing in common – they explore the wonderful expanse of the Bavarian Forest National Park.
Covering no less than 24,000 hectares (59,300 acres), the forest is brimming with rare flora and fauna, magical trees, enchanted moors, babbling brooks, and wild gorges with raging water. Hiking up to lofty heights reveals how largely untouched the landscape here is.
The Alte Forsthaus is conveniently located in Riedlhütte and has many hikes that start directly from the front door. Some routes begin a stone’s throw from your accommodation, in which case you can catch a bus if you are travelling without a car. As a guest at Alte Forsthaus, you receive a GUTi ticket which allows you to use public transport within the Bavarian Forest free of charge. For more information about the ticket and the bus and train network, visit: bayerwald-ticket.com/fahrplaene-im-tarifgebiet-bayerwald-ticket-guti (information in German language only).
Although the spacious balcony, cosy living room and stove at the Förster holiday apartment may tempt you to put your feet up and do nothing, the hikes through the green nature are absolutely worth it. So pack your rucksack and get hiking! If you want to find out more about our wonderful region, ask your local hosts or take a look here: komoot.de/user/ferienregionnationalparkbayerischerwald/collections. Comfortable accommodation, beautiful scenery, and a varied programme – what more do you need for a great hiking holiday? See you soon in the Bavarian Forest National Park!
The Wagensonnriegel is a 959 meter high rock bar in the heart of the Bavarian Forest National Park. A lovely little chapel is enthroned on it - a perfect photo opportunity and a worthwhile hiking destination. In addition, the fantastic view of a lot of untouched landscape. Do we need to say more? So let's go for the car sun bolt.The eight-kilometer tour can be approached from many surrounding points. In this case it starts at Klingenbrunn, a village that you can easily reach from Riedlhütte by bus and, thanks to your guest card, even free of charge (bayerwald-ticket.com/fahrplaene-im-tarifgebiet-bayerwald- ticket-guti /).It's going to be really green: You dive into a wonderful forest that always leads you slowly uphill towards Wagensonnriegel. After a good four kilometers you have already reached it. And with it the pretty chapel that we mentioned at the beginning. Enjoy the view extensively - you will be back at your starting point very quickly.
Are you ready for the ultimate happiness on the summit? This is made perfect by a hike up the Great Rachel. This tour takes you up and down again on almost 24 challenging but beautiful kilometers. Magnificent natural spectacles included. And the best: You start right outside the front door of the old forester's house.For now, you leave Riedlhütte behind you and dive straight into lush greenery: On beautifully overgrown paths and here and there robust wooden footbridges you experience pure nature and hike there until you find yourself in front of the Föhraufilz observation tower.From here it’s slowly but surely uphill. Accompanied by an amazing panorama, you climb towards the great Rachel. Shortly before the summit storm you will discover the Waldschmidthaus on the edge of the path. Stop in or not? Now that is the question. It's only about 500 meters more to the summit and the effort pays off up there at the latest.But the tour still has one or the other highlight up its sleeve. You start to descend, first passing the picturesque Rachel Chapel and a little later at the Rachelsee, which you can already see from up there. A few kilometers further you will finally find yourself on the same path that brought you here and let it guide you back to your starting point.
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Explore the natural jewel Steinklamm once - that shouldn't be missing during your stay in the Bavarian Forest National Park. This almost eleven kilometer round tour lets you feel the energy of the water and takes you to some wonderful places of power. Here, too, it starts right outside the front door of the old forester's house.This unique canyon is up to 100 meters deep. Before you explore it, start out from Riedlhütte and head towards the Großarmschlag reservoir. You can get to its glittering bank by turning your back on the village and following shady forest paths. If you have enjoyed the sight long enough, you can already start walking towards the gorge.The landscape becomes narrower, the rocks more massive. At the point where you cross the Great Ohe, which is always with you, you are already standing in the middle of the impressive stone gorge. On your further path you will experience the wild and romantic nature with all your senses: The roaring water of the Great Ohe in your ears, the gaze directed at the moss-covered stones and the cut whirlpool holes, you wander there and soak up everything until you find Spiegelau and a little later yours Starting point in Riedlhütte.
The Großer Rachel is one of the most beautiful peaks that the Bavarian Forest has to offer. Climbing it is on the program today. A 16-kilometer round, for which you should plan a whole day and which will please both experienced mountain enthusiasts and leisurely hikers, awaits you.It starts a few meters from the Racheldiensthütte. The bus stop is driven several times a day by the Igelbus. An offer that you can even use free of charge as an Altes Forsthaus guest. Just look at bayerwald-ticket.com/fahrplaene-im-tarifgebiet-bayerwald-ticket-guti and your journey is already secured. So you start cheerfully and lively towards the Racheldiensthütte on the idyllic Schachtenbachklause. There will be time for a stop later - now it's time to go uphill!And while you storm towards the summit, you pass some wonderful (nature) spectacles. For example at the Rachelsee, a glacier lake and relic of the last Ice Age, then at the Rachel Chapel, from where you can have another great view of the same.After a good six kilometers and over 600 meters of altitude, finally in front of you: Big Rachel. It gives you a wonderful panorama and a place to stop for refreshments to regain your strength. Then you complete your round: it goes through at least as wonderful nature, but always nice downhill back to your starting point.
In the spirit of the adder, you head into the moor on this tour. The largest moor area in the Bavarian Forest, to be precise and the place where the snake species is at home. Your illustration leads you over a total length of eleven and a half kilometers over robust footbridges and through a wonderfully dreamy landscape. The starting point is right in front of the old forester's house in Riedlhütte.First a bit over the Ziegelhüttenweg, then over the old base road you walk down into the Filz (moor) and dive into a species-rich mixed mountain forest. The mighty beech and spruce trees accompany you on your way deeper and deeper into the moor. The sturdy Bohlensteig, which you will soon be able to walk over, will also tell you that you have achieved it. You can enjoy the magic of the moor all around you - a few information boards tell you something about its history.During the entire tour, sometimes more, sometimes less in your area - the peacefully babbling Große Ohe. You get closer and closer to it and cross it just before you get to the hamlet of Guglöd. A detour to the former quartz gallery is worthwhile here. Otherwise, you follow the Guldensteig gently up and down to Siebenellen, and then walk along the Kreuzotter circular path through the Bärenloch and past the old gold panning hills back to the starting point.
Built in Riedlhütte in 1867, the old forester's house is now a great place to stay for people who are hungry for exercise and who are in love with nature and who enjoy the Bavarian Forest National Park in all its colors and shapes. Holidays in the country with endless opportunities to be active and experience right on your doorstep, so to speak. A few great gastronomic offers and in winter the cross-country ski run are just a stone's throw away from the house.
And inside: You are greeted by a rustic, cozy holiday apartment, which stretches over 85 square meters and leaves nothing to be desired with lovingly furnished living rooms, a balcony and a cozy tiled stove.
More information about the old forest house is available at fewo-altes-forsthaus.de