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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 on the bike: After about five kilometers warmup, the route leads you straight to the Bike Park Bischofsmais. It has been around for a long time, it is one of the first bike parks in Europe and a solid institution among mountain bikers. With its twelve routes, it is one of the most varied parks in Germany. A special highlight is the new Flow Country route, where beginners and advanced players alike can have fun. For five euros there are single rides on the mountain railway. You could get yourself started up easily, enjoy one or more downhill runs and then just continue your tour.It continues: The terrain here has it all. It goes up a steep, sometimes down. So that you do not fall off the bike, we have always built a managed mountain hut in the tour. After a hearty snack and refreshing spritzers, you will have enough power to fully enjoy the rest of the tour.The next highlight is the Viechtach kettle on the program. This area between Vichtach and Sankt Englmar is considered one of the most beautiful but also the most demanding touristic areas of Arberland. The topography is challenging, but its beautiful nature and the sometimes endless expanse provide the highest level of bike enjoyment.After a seemingly endless descent, a long climb waits for you, before you then roll loose towards the stage goal. The tour ends in the idyllic health resort Arnbruck. There is food, accommodation and if you want to treat yourself to the full pack of relaxation the panoramic bath with sauna landscape. We wish you a good rest.
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, given today, there is still not everything. At least not the driveway to the absolute high point of the Arberland: the large Arber at an altitude of 1,455 meters, which gave this beautiful area its name. On the way there, you take directly with his little brother, the little Arber at 1384 meters. The stunning view is probably in the family and we are sure that you will be flashed. On both summits there are shelters with catering. Just take a little break, strengthen yourself and enjoy the panorama for a moment, that you deserve it.Speaking of deserving: This includes the approximately ten kilometer long downhill now follows and leads you directly to the German-Czech border. Here is a slightly bizarre highlight waiting for you: The station of Bayerisch-Eisenstein is divided into two parts and has a German and a Czech side. In this way he clarifies even today the long history of the Iron Process, which separated Germany from the Eastern bloc for a long time.Today, you can just cross the border and let the rest of the tour fade away until you reach Špičák. Here you can decide for yourself whether you want to add extra extra action to the bike park or rather enjoy the seclusion and tranquility of one of the highest Czech ski resorts.
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"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 trails, but drive over the beautiful trails of the Bavarian and the Bohemian Forest.Incidentally, that makes no difference geographically. But because the German-Czech border is right in the middle of the tour, there is this distinction. The western part is called the Bavarian Forest, in the east it is just Bohemia. In fact, that does not really matter, because both sides share the beautiful nature, the great views and the flowy trails, which you will get to know in detail today for 70 kilometers.The first 20 kilometers you drive on the Czech side. On the Polomradweg you get warm and you can enjoy a hammer-view over the big Arber. The small mini-border crossing "Gsenget" in the middle of the forest reminds that it was not always so easy to enjoy this beautiful area in one piece. Until 2008, crossing the border was only possible with a visa.Go on. Various shafts (this is what is called here, what are the alpine pastures in the Alps) offer you again and again a beautiful view over the surrounding countryside, a few lakes and dams invite you to rest. If you fancy a longer break, we recommend the glass city Zwiesel, which is known for its traditional glass factories. You can indulge in a mini-dose of industrial culture by rolling to the world's tallest glass-crystal pyramid in the downtown area. If you want more, the offer of cultural highlights is really great. Particularly exciting we find the underground passages, which were once used as an escape route, hiding place or pantry and which you can visit as part of a guided tour.From Zwiesel still waiting for about 20 kilometers long "Cooldown" on you. You have mastered the long climbs, now you can fully enjoy the rest of the loose rolling until you have reached the destination, the Bavarian climatic spa Bischofsmais.