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A 3-day bike adventure in Arberland

Andreas Friesl

A 3-day bike adventure in Arberland

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Tours

18:48 h

114 mi

16,000 ft

1,300 kilometers (800 miles) of bike trails and 18 thousand-meter (3,250-feet high) peaks. Welcome to Aberland, a place where mountain and bike go perfectly together—the ideal destination for adventurous riders everywhere. To help you make the most of this area, we have compiled three challenging but beautiful rides through this pearl in the Bavarian Forest National Park, which you can perfectly combine to form a three-day bikepacking adventure to conquer over a long weekend.

This region in the southeast of Germany, directly on the border to the Czech Republic, is considered one of Germany's biking hotspots. Here, dreamlike forests, pure nature, challenging trails, extensive elevation and quality infrastructure complement each other to form a demanding mtb paradise.

The idea
Take three days and squeeze out as much bike enjoyment as you can, something the Arberland is perfect for. Each of our rides starts and ends in towns abound in accommodation options, so it doesn't matter where you decide to start. This means that if three days prove too much for you, you can always cut your ride short earlier and spend the rest of the trip in the bike parks that we've planned into rides themselves. Basically, you have the choice—we've just provided the basic framework so you can take over or use our plans as the basis for your personal, perfect bike adventure.

The route
On the ride, you'll drive straight through the Bavarian forest, often on officially marked bike routes. In Aberland, there is a huge network of official cycle paths and bikeways, taking you up to 1,455 meters (4,500 feet), before bringing you back down again through the low mountain range. For that reason, you should arrive in fairly good shape and be ready for some challenging stages. If you want to add in a few more runs, you can head to the bike parks at Bischofsmais and at Špičák, where you can take lifts up to various trailheads and enjoy the exciting ride back down.

Bikes
Whether you ride a cross-country bike or a full-on enduro—the route is suitable for all types of bikes. All that matters is that you ride a machine you feel comfortable on, although we recommend taking an enduro bike if you intend on tackling some downhill runs. The better your suspension, the more fun you'll have, so consider this before heading to Aberland.

Getting there
All stages are easily accessible by car. Špičák can be reached by train via Bayerisch Eisenstein. Bischofsmais is not connected to the rail network, but you can take the train to Regen, which is about ten kilometers (6 miles) away.

Accommodation
In Arberland, there are numerous accommodation options proudly displaying the German ADFC seal of approval, the 'Bett+Bike'. These places are well suited for bikers, guaranteeing ample safe space to lock your bike, places to dry clothes and repair equipment, and awesome, energy-powered breakfasts to ready you for a day on the trails. Information about accommodation options can be found at mountainbiken.arberland-bayerischer-wald.de/unsere-fahrradfreundlichen-gastgeber/150/773/21389

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Bike-Abenteuer im Arberland

118 mi

16,525 ft

16,550 ft

Last updated: December 5, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    07:23
    46.4 mi
    6.3 mph
    6,550 ft
    6,925 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour through the Arberland has it all in itself: Almost 75 kilometers and 2000 meters of altitude require a certain stamina. But you will be permanently baited with small highlights that motivate you and quickly make the beads of sweat forget.

    

    It starts with a treat for those who like to let it crash

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  • Difficult
    04:26
    24.1 mi
    5.4 mph
    4,700 ft
    3,850 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour through the Arlberland is deliberately a bit shorter, as it ends in the small Czech town Špičák, among bikers mainly known for their popular bike park. So you still have enough power to end the day with a few great runs on one of the numerous prepared tracks.

    

    But always nice in turn. Because

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  • Difficult
    07:00
    43.3 mi
    6.2 mph
    4,750 ft
    5,375 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    "From bike park to bike park" this tour could also be called. Because today you drive from Špičák to Bischofsmais, two places near each of which there are two genuine veterans of European bike park culture. No wonder: the area here is just great for biking. Today, however, you will not heat any park

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    114 mi
  • Duration
    18:48 h
  • Elevation
    16,000 ft

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