Arrive by bus & train — sustainable hiking in the Upper Palatinate Forest
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Phenomenal rock formations, wildly romantic river valleys, castle ruins as witnesses of times long past and all this embedded in a wonderfully rolling low mountain landscape. In Germany’s Upper Palatinate Forest, you can experience the nature of Eastern Bavaria and enjoy it with all your senses – in an absolutely sustainable way. Not only is hiking a sustainable way to get around, but you can also plan your journey to and from the Tours here completely without a car.
Just as you're walking through the dense forest, unexpectedly breathtaking views open up before you, such as those found after the ascent to Haus Murach Castle or the Weißenstein castle ruins. Then, you hike on, always with the sound of rivers like the Waldnaab in your ears, before the smell of beer and a hearty snack leads you straight to the next Zoigl tavern. In the Upper Palatinate Forest, you also find plenty of exciting museums and old towns worth seeking out.
The hikes we’ve put together for you through this beautiful part of Eastern Bavaria are so varied. We’ve selected a total of six sustainable day hikes with refreshment stops, cultural highlights and quiet places in nature. In addition, you’ll find two Tours here where you can get to know the long-distance hiking trails of Goldsteig and Nurtschweg.
While we were planning these Tours, one thing was important to us above all else: that you can reach the most beautiful places in the Upper Palatinate Forest without having to get into your car. For your arrival and departure, you can use public transport without stress. There are good rail connections throughout the entire north-south area of the Upper Palatinate Forest, and you can also take advantage of bus and BAXI connections. You can easily find the right journey at bayern-fahrplan.de (in German).
So, fill your backpack and get ready for your sustainable adventure in the Upper Palatinate Forest.
This hike corresponds to the first stage of the 660-kilometer Goldsteig, which runs through the Upper Palatinate Forest and the Bavarian Forest. But you can hike it wonderfully as a day tour, which is the perfect start to your discovery tour in the Upper Palatinate Forest.
From the Marktredwitz train…
The magnificent Nurtschweg runs along the Czech border over 133 kilometers through the Upper Palatinate Forest. The first stage of the long-distance hiking trail can also be hiked as a day tour. The starting point is Kappl, where one of the highlights of the tour awaits you: the magnificent baroque Trinity…
Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.
The Eisenbarth-Steig takes you from the birthplace of the famous hiking doctor to Haus Murach Castle and back to Oberviechtach. Even in the Baroque period, Doctor Eisenbarth roamed the streets of Germany and on the Eisenbarth-Steig you are, so to speak, following in his footsteps.
You start at the Parkstadl…
A historic old town, a living museum, an idyllic river and a wide variety of places to stop: We think that sounds like the perfect ingredients for a hike. The Nabburg Moments of Pleasure Tour takes you around the city on a good 12 kilometers from Nabburg.
You start at Nabburg train station and first follow…
This hiking tour, which is a good seven kilometers long, begins in the Max Reger town of Weiden in the Upper Palatinate, more precisely in the Max Reger Park. You can easily reach the starting point with one of the many public transport connections that are located in the city center.
From there you follow…
This pleasure tour through the Waldnaabtal begins in Falkenberg. You can easily reach the place by public transport, for example by train to Wiesau and then by bus to Falkenberg. Right at the beginning you can visit the impressive Falkenberg Castle - you will also find the first Zoiglstuben in Falkenberg…
Hiking Collection by Oberpfälzer Wald
Hiking Collection by komoot
Mountain Biking Collection by Emiliano Manzan
Mountain Biking Collection by Holger S.