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!
There it stands majestically, at 1,456 meters, the highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest: the Great Arber. It is not for nothing that this mountain is nicknamed “King of the Bavarian Forest”, as it impresses not only with its height but also with its diverse range of leisure activities and hiking tours.
The mountain can be hiked from all sides, a well-marked network of trails leaves nothing to be desired. The main summit of the Arber (there are four in total) is also called Richard-Wagner-Kopf and offers impressive views of the Bavarian-Bohemian border mountains, the Rachel and Lusen national park mountains and the Bavarian Forest. The two lakes, the Großer and Kleiner Arbersee, are popular destinations for a hike to the Arber. The so-called Karseen offer wonderful motifs and invite you to take a long break in a dreamlike atmosphere.
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 various degrees of difficulty open up the hiking area around the Großer Falkenstein (1,315 meters). One of the most spectacular climbs is the path over the impressive Höllbachgspreng. For the somewhat difficult ascent you will be rewarded with a fantastic view from the summit - to the Großer Arber, the King of the Bavarian Forest, and over the Bavarian Forest National Park holiday region.
For less experienced hikers, easy-to-walk paths also lead up to the summit of the Großer Falkenstein with its artistic summit cross. And a stop at the inn is of course also 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 a ZDF survey on the most popular excursion destinations in Germany, the Great Rachel was number 1 in the mountain category at 1,453 meters! The highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest National Park can now officially adorn itself with the title “Germany's most popular excursion mountain”.
The name of Rachel is said to come from the Celtic and mean "rough". For the effort of the ascent, however, you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the Bavarian Forest and the Bohemian Forest.
The summit of the Siebensteinkopf, which lies at 1,263 meters, can be reached via a narrow, paved hiking trail. The impressive forest wilderness that can be experienced here is characteristic of the entire tour. The Bavarian Forest National Park's motto “let nature be nature” can be experienced up close here.
At the summit there is a large wooden cross and on clear days there is a view of the main Alpine ridge. The Siebensteinkopf owes its name to seven large boulders scattered below the summit.
One more tip: the tour can be combined with a detour 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 entwine around the third highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest National Park - the Lusen (1,373 meters). The devil himself is said to have played a role in the creation of this popular excursion mountain ...
The granite dome on the summit (one of the 100 most beautiful geotopes in Bavaria) and the breathtaking view of the Bavarian Forest, on a clear day even as far as the Alpine ridge, are impressive.
The summit of the Lusens can be reached via well-developed hiking trails in summer and winter. On the ascent you can discover such mystical and beautiful places as the Teufelsloch, the Martinsklause, the Himmelsleiter or the fascinating Glass Arche.