Who needs the Himalayas if they have the Bavarian Forest right in front of them? Well, you won't to move into the Hall of Fame of the mountaineering legends with these climbs. But with the eight peaks the 8000 meters of altitude difference can be collected without any problems. You can leave your oxygen apparatus safely in the cellar and at the same time you don't need to acclimatize. We wish you all the best with these 8000m peaks... Um, with the eight 1000m peaks!
It looks like a majesty, the highest mountain of the Bavarian Forest at 1,456 meters: the Großer Arber.
It is not for nothing that this mountain bears the epithet "King of the Bavarian Forest", but in addition to its height, it impresses with its diverse range of leisure activities and hiking tours.
The mountain can be hiked from all sides, a well signposted road network leaves no wanderer wish unfulfilled. The main summit of the Arber (in total there are four) is also called Richard Wagner Head, and offers impressive views of the Bavarian-Bohemian border mountains, the National Park Rachel and Lusen and the Bavarian Forest.
A popular destination for an arber hike are the two lakes, the Great and Small Arbersee. The so-called Karseen offer wonderful motifs and invite you to a long break in a dreamlike ambience.
The Dreisessel (1,312 meters) is certainly one of the most striking mountains in the Bavarian Forest.
Impressive along the way is especially the "Stone Sea", a huge cluster of large granite rocks. This place is one of the most beautiful geotopes in Bavaria. Already from the Steinerne Meer offers a great view of the Bavarian Forest over the Passauer Land.
Shortly after the Steinernen Meer you reach with the border triangle another special feature of the tour. Here at the landmark, Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria meet.
Always along the border ridge you walk, past the Bavarian Plöckenstein, to the Dreisesselfelsen, which unreal acting auftürmt in the midst of the landscape. From there you can enjoy incomparable views.
To the celebrity helped the Dreisessel probably also the well-known Bayerwald poet Adalbert Stifer, who refers in some of his stories to this rock formation.
According to a legend, the name "Dreisessel" comes from the way: On this rock, the kings of Bavaria, Bohemia and Austria once met to define the borders of the respective kingdoms. When the kings then took a seat on the rock, the three-legged chair was formed.
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Many hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty open up the hiking area around the Großer Falkenstein (1,315 meters).
One of the most spectacular but also the most arduous ascents is the path over the impressive Höllbachgspreng. In the middle of a magnificent rock formation springs a waterfall and crashes in several waterfalls and rivulets down into the valley. The trail continues through a unique jungle landscape and rocky areas in the middle of the Bavarian Forest National Park.
For the somewhat difficult ascent you will be rewarded with a wonderful view from the summit - to the Great Arber, the king of the Bavarian Forest, and the holiday region National Park Bavarian Forest.
For less experienced hikers also easy to walk paths lead up to the summit of the Great Falkenstein with its artistic summit cross.
And a stop at the tavern is just part of it. ;-)
If someone speaks of the hiking area around the Großer and Kleiner Osser, you often hear the name "Matterhorn of the Bavarian Forest". Although this comparison might also be applied a bit thick, the Osser area is still a popular and extensive hiking area in the Bavarian Forest.
In fact, in a ZDF survey on the most popular destinations in Germany, the Great Rachel was in 1st place with his 1,453 meters in the mountain category! From now on, the highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest National Park can officially be called 'Germany's most popular excursion mountain'.
By the way, the name of the Rachel should come from Celtic and mean "rough".
You can reach the summit in different ways, but in any case you should not miss the Rachelsee and the Rachelkapelle on a tour.
For a hike you should bring a certain basic condition, sure-footedness and between 4 and 5 hours time. However, you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the Bavarian Forest and the Bohemian Forest (the Rachel is in close proximity to the border ridge).
In winter, the Rachel can only be reached with snowshoes or touring skis.
The starting point for a tour to the Siebensteinkopf is the place Finsterau, which is located directly on the border with the Czech Republic. During the ascent you will see striking points like the Reschbachklause or the Teufelsklause.
The summit of Siebensteinkopf, which lies at 1,263 meters, can be reached via a narrow, secure hiking trail. Characteristic of the entire tour is the impressive forest wilderness, which can be experienced here. The motto "Let nature be nature" of the Bavarian Forest National Park can be experienced up close.
At the summit you will find a large wooden cross and on clear days there is a view up to the main ridge of the Alps.
By the way, the Siebensteinkopf takes its name from seven large, below the summit
thanks to scattered boulders.
One more tip: the tour can be combined with a trip to the source of the Vltava river.
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A dream for every mountain and Bayerwaldwanderer represents the mountain ridge Kaitersberg, which rises to an altitude of 1,132 m.
Striking points along the ridge are the Plattenstein, the Kreuzfelsen, the Mittagsstein and Rauchröhren and the Große Riedelstein, which is also the highest peak of the tour.
Other special features on the ridge are the "RäuberHeigl cave", which is said to have served the legendary folk hero and rebel Michael Heigl as a shelter, and the Bavarian forest poet Maximilian Schmidt - called "Waldschmidt" - dedicated monument on the Great Riedelstein.
There are several tour combinations that open up the Kaitersberg, but they all have one thing in common: fantastic views of the Lamer Winkel and the Bavarian Forest!
Many myths and legends surround the third highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest National Park - the Lusen (1,373 meters). So the devil himself should have had a hand in the development of this popular excursion mountain ...
Impressive is the granite crest on the summit (one of the 100 most beautiful geotopes in Bavaria) and the breathtaking view of the Bavarian Forest, on clear days even up to the Alpine ridge.
The summit of Lusens can be reached in summer as well as in winter via well-developed hiking trails. During the ascent you can discover such mystical and beautiful places as the Devil's Hole, the Martinsklause, the Himmelsleiter or the fascinating Glass Ark.