As challenging as a Transalp and just as eventful, the Trans Bayerwald is a mountain bike adventure that takes you from Furth im Wald to Passau in southeast Germany and back again. Following two 7-day routes, you ride 350 kilometres (217 miles) in each direction through the most beautiful areas of the Bavarian Forest, or ‘Little Canada’, as it likes to be called. Mountain bike hotspots such as the MTB Zone Bikepark Geißkopf and Sankt Englmar are, of course, included en route, as well as the wondrous nature of the Bavarian Forest National Park and the Hohe Bogen mountain ridge.
You can already order a free starter pack for your Trans Bavarian Forest mountain bike adventure which includes lots of information about the route, a stage booklet and travel diary. On the last page of the travel diary, you can collect stamps from your host, in shops or from tourist information centres at the end of each stage. Send a photo of your stamped passport to firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll be listed as a finisher. You’ll also be entered into a prize draw when you send in your stamp card.
So what are you waiting for? Let's head to the Bavarian Forest!
This project is supported by the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
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The first leg of the southern route of the Trans Bayerwald will make you sweat right away. The first ten kilometers lead up to the Gibachtmassiv with great views to the Cerchov and Hohenbogen. At the Reisck, the highest point of the stage, you can admire the glass summit cross.Afterwards the tour becomes more comfortable. In predominantly easy downhill it goes over the Berghof Gibacht with gallery and Althütte to Herzogau and past the festival city Waldmünchen. In Schönthal you will find a former monastery with a monastery church, which houses great works of art. Shortly after you reach the stage destination Rötz.
The second stage on the southern route of the Trans Bayerwald runs gently uphill and downhill through the wonderful natural and cultural landscape. The first milestone is the Schwarzwihrberg with a natural forest reserve, which is also home to the Schwarzenburg castle ruins and the Schwarzwihrberghütte. From there the tour continues around the Eixendorfer See, where you can cool down and strengthen yourself wonderfully.It then continues on slightly hilly to Stamsried, the destination of this stage. Here you should visit the Kürnburg before you pick up your well-deserved refreshment in the natural pool in the baroque castle park.
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Abbeys and monasteries, castle ruins and untouched nature - the third stage of the southern route of the Trans Bayerwald lets you feel the charm of this traditional region. And it also lets you pedal properly! The ruin at Schwärzenberg, the monastery towns Walderbach and Reichenbach as well as the castle ruins Lobenstein near Zell are among the cultural highlights along the stage.Add to this the unique nature, noticeable for example on the Neubäuer See. Here, some protected areas have been designated, but there is also a lake access for cooling off in between. The market Falkenstein, destination of this stage, also has a lot to offer: Here you should definitely visit the castle Falkenstein. Their castle park is one of the largest Bavarian nature and rock parks and is under protection. You can explore it in four ways of varying difficulty.
Steep climbs, narrow trails and great views: this is the fourth stage of the southern route of the Trans Bayerwald. In addition to great vantage points and a lot of driving pleasure can be found on the tour also picturesque chapels and churches, which make the roots of the region noticeable. Arriving in Sankt Englmar you can exhaust yourself: Here you have both a 4.4-kilometer single-track course and a pump track available.
A lot of variety, conditional challenge and great trails are guaranteed by the fifth stage of the southern route of the Trans Bayerwald. First, the tour takes you comfortably to Hirschenstein, which promises a great view. From here it goes over some beautiful trails down to Bernried. Then the route goes uphill and downhill through the Bernrieder Winkel with the famous Egg Castle and Graflling up into the Rusel area. In Berghaus Loderhardt you can again strengthen, then it goes over the three-bar on the Geißkopf. In the bike park on the Geißkopf you can let off steam if necessary, before you reach the intermediate goal Bischofsmais.
The sixth stage on the southern route of the Trans Bayerwald has it all again. From Bischofsmais the route leads past the Ruselabsatz and down into the Lallinger Valley, where the picturesque village of Sicking invites you to refresh yourself before heading back to Brotjacklriegel. If you have enough strength, but you should make a detour to the Brotjacklriegel with lookout tower and Turmstüberl.Then the tour takes you through Zenting through the sun forest and Eging am See. Here you can relax on the large Eginger lake or in the Sonnentherme and reminisce about the day.
The seventh stage is the ideal end to the challenging southern route of the Trans Bayerwald. Mostly comfortably, the tour takes you through the Passauer Land, past Ruderting and Tiefenbach into "Venice Bavaria", as the three-river city of Passau is also called. The historic old town and the southern flair give Passau a very special charm. The stage ends at the Veste Oberhaus, where you can relax and enjoy a breathtaking view over the city.
The first stage of the northern route of the Trans Bayerwald is characterized by forest trails along small rivers and cultural monuments.You start in the three-river city of Passau. After a short piece of asphalt you cycle along the idyllic Erlau. After you have been able to run in comfortably for the first 20 kilometers, the typical profile of the Trans Bayerwald starts. The route leads uphill over forest paths and then runs along the Aubach to Markt Wegscheid, the first stage destination.Along the tour you will find natural swimming lakes to cool off. You will also get to know the region culturally, for example in the Obernzell Ceramic Museum, the Kropfmühl graphite mine or the Hauzenberg Granite Center, which are within driving range of the route.
On the second stage of the Trans Bayerwald-Nordroute you will find varied paths and wonderful views! Among the highlights is a trip to the Friedrichsberg at Thalberg or the Oberfrauenwald, where rewarded on the observation tower, a beautiful panoramic view.The routes vary between beautiful trails and moderately demanding forest trails. A bathing lake promises cooling off in between.
At the stage destination in the town of Waldkirchen you will find the Karoli-Badepark, a small but nice town square, the Museum Goldener Steig and much more.
The third stage of the northern route of the Trans Bayerwald attracts with great panoramas and literal "border experience". After the demanding climb to the Dreisessel, a fabulous view over the three-country region of Bavaria-Bohemia-Austria awaits you. After a short distance along the border, we continue through woods and past small villages to the Haidel, where a detour to the observation tower at the summit or to Leopopldsreut is worthwhile - the "vanished" village on the Haidel. From here the tour then continues via Philippsreut to Mitterfirmiansreut.In addition to the great views and the refreshing bathing lakes, this tour offers cultural highlights, such as the KulturLandschaftsMuseum in Haidmühle, the vanished village of Leopoldsreut or the small, picturesque chapels surrounded by nature.
Pure nature and culture - the fourth stage of the northern route of the Trans Bayerwald has it all. From Mitterfirmiansreut you first head to Finsterau, where you can visit original historic buildings mainly from the 18th and 19th century in the open-air museum.Then you dive into the forests of the oldest national park in Germany and literally experience the newly emerging forest wilderness. In the National Park Center Lusen with animal sanctuary, Hans-Eisenmann-Haus and treetop path you get a variety of insights and views into the nature of the National Park. The aim of this stage is the old glassmaker Spiegelau. Here you will find the natural outdoor pool, the Kneipp spa area and - as a special tip for families - the extensive forest play area.
The fifth stage of the northern route of the Trans Bayerwald runs from Spiegelau initially along the national park to Frauenau and on to the drinking water reservoir - a large drinking water reservoir fed directly by the National Park streams. At Buchenau it goes directly back into the National Park forests and past Scheuereck with the walkable deer enclosure.Near the track you will also find the National Park Center Falkenstein, with Stone Age cave, animal sanctuary and house to the wild. This stage ends in the municipality Lindberg in the district Zwieslerwaldhaus. A little further along the main road leads the way to the historic Trifterklause Schwellhäusl and from here about 3.7 kilometers on the "Arberland-Runde" (marking black no. 50) to the border town of Bayerisch Eisenstein, where you will find more accommodation options.
The sixth stage of the northern route of the Trans Bayerwald first leads you to the historic Trifterklause Schwellhäusl restaurant with a wonderful beer garden in the middle of the forest and then out of the national park and to the Großer Arber. The ascent of the "King of the Bavarian Forest", at 1,456 meters the highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest, challenges your calves - you will be rewarded with a wonderful all-round view: to the Czech Republic, over the eight thousand-meter peaks, over the national park and near good weather conditions up to the Alps!You can also strengthen yourself on the summit before the tour continues over the Reischflecksattel and down to the Lamer Winkel, past Lohberg with the Bayerwaldtierpark. In the destination Lam you can cool off in the Osserbad and strengthen yourself for the next day.
The seventh stage of the Trans Bayerwald-Nordroute makes you sweat right back at the beginning. First it goes steeply uphill in the direction of the Great Osser, then follows up and down through forests, past the Hohenbogen, the famous pilgrimage Neukirchen the holy blood and through the market Eschlkam in the dragon city Furth in the forest - the destination of the last leg of the northern route.If you are well trained, then a detour "Around the Hohenbogen" is worthwhile on the way - a conditionally challenging round trip with many highlights. In Furth in the Woods you can visit the Dragon's Cave, the home of the world's largest walking robot, or take a dip in the cool waters of the Dragon Lake.