Water, forest and castles — hiking in the Upper Palatinate Forest

Hiking Collection by
Oberpfälzer Wald

Let yourself be enchanted — by the mystic Doost, the far views of the castle ruin Waldeck and the glittering water surfaces of the lake land! You can discover the Upper Palatinate Forest and his local specialties—like the Zoigl beer—on a variety of day hikes, which show you the beautiful nature and cultural treasures of the region on themed hiking trails, educational trails and circular walks. You'll experience nature reserves, picturesque valleys, wild streams and charming towns such as Vohenstrauß or Oberviechtach — and you'll even cross into the Czech Republic on a detour across the border.

On this hike, the Goldsteig will be playing a starring role. This trail, which is known as Germany's longest and most diverse hiking trail, starts in Marktredwitz, winds through the stone forest and leads you into the beautiful Waldnaabtal. You'll explore a primeval forest landscape and the land of 1000 ponds, as well as epic geo-centers and castle ruins that offer great views and insights into the heart of the Upper Palatinate Forest.

This Collection covers a 91-mile (148-kilometer) long section of the Goldsteig, which you'll conquer over eight days.

On The Map

Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    41:30
    91.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    9,625 ft
    9,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This tour through the Oberpfälzer Wald on the quality trail Goldsteig is quite varied. The best way to wander the 148-kilometer route is in eight stages. Start of the hike is in Marktredwitz. The milestones on the way are Friedenfels, Windischeschenbach, Letzau-Oberhöll, Leuchtenberg, Tännesberg and Oberviechtach. The goal of the eight-day hike is Rötz / Bauhof.The Goldsteig leads you from Marktredwitz over the Nature Park Steinwald and through the "Land of 1000 ponds" with its impressive water landscape in the wild and romantic Waldnaabtal. Numerous castles and castle ruins such as the festival castle Leuchtenberg and the castle Trausnitz line the way. Continue to Oberviechtach with its Bavarian small town charm. Wild and originally shows the nature reserve Prackendorfer and Kulzer Moos. With Waldmünchen you reach the goal of the Goldsteig north route. From here, the starting point Marktredwitz is easily reached by train. The tour is also available as "Hiking without luggage" - more information at oberpfaelzerwald.de.

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  • Intermediate
    01:43
    3.63 mi
    2.1 mph
    525 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A park landscape full of herbs, wild fruits and nuts - that's what you'll find on the adventure trail around the Waldeck Schlossberg. The "Edible Wild Plant Park", in short EWILPA, with its 13 stations, whets the appetite for new and forgotten food, nature, knowledge, discovery and natural enjoyment.From the wet meadows in the floodplain up to the dry rock slopes at the castle ruins, the discoverers and collectors will find a variety of healthy and tasty wild plants. On display boards, you will be introduced to the edible herbs, shrubs and trees that are of interest in the respective location. Wild-fruit hedges, tree-lined paths, and wild herbs provide a vibrant, nutritious landscape for both human visitors and wildlife such as insects and birds. Snacking expressly allowed!

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  • Easy
    01:44
    3.72 mi
    2.2 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Although the Steinwald is the smallest natural park in Bavaria, it is in no way inferior to its larger counterparts in terms of beauty and experience. A great introduction to this pearl Upper Palatinate nature is the forest history trail. Bizarre rock formations such as the Zipfeltannenfelsen, springs, forest streams and the Palmloh Moor, a visit to the deer in the game reserve - there you come into raptures. Do not miss out: climb the Saubadfelsen and enjoy the view over the Wipfelmeer of the Steinwald. As beautiful as this rough landscape in the Upper Palatinate Forest is - the people here simply never had it and exactly this story (s) of man and forest is told by the educational trail at eleven informative stations.

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  • Easy
    01:54
    4.33 mi
    2.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Wildromantic, mystical and idyllic - this is the nature reserve Waldnaabtal between Falkenberg and Windischeschenbach. For thousands of years, the riverbed of the Waldnaab has carved deep into the granite and created a wonderland of water, forest and rock. From the trail parking lot at the historic hammer mill, it goes past the lovingly restored Hammermühl chapel along the Mühlnicklweiher to the log cabin and the water wheel in the middle of the Waldnaab Valley. The way back leads you right along the shore to the "butter barrel", where the water foams around the granite boulders in the riverbed. The ferruginous Sauerbrunnen promises eternal youth (no drinking water) and rock formations like "Kammerwagen" and "Anvil" accompany you back to the starting point.

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  • Intermediate
    03:53
    8.80 mi
    2.3 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your tour in the Bavarian-Bohemian border region you start at the market place Neualbenreuth with the typical Egerländer framework. It goes through forest and field, with picturesque views of the Muglbachtal and the Tillengipfel. The venerable "Nigerlbuche" impresses with its widely branched branches. Through the Eger Hochwald you will come to the Muglmühle. Take a look at the Muglbach - through an optical illusion, it looks like the brook is flowing uphill! At the Mugl waterfall, the spring water tempts you to a refreshing foot bath before you make your way to the "Old God of God". The idyllic forest chapel invites you to pause. Via the Hammerschloss Ernestgrün you reach the healing springs of the Sibyllenbad, the Katharinenquelle and the Sibyllenquelle before returning to the center of Neualbenreuth.

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  • Easy
    01:42
    4.16 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Glittering water surfaces, sun-drenched paths and endless possibilities to enjoy the day. The six-kilometer hiking tour starts at Camping Park Murner See. You can expect a wonderful view over the bright blue Murner lake and the neighboring Brückelsee. How about panoramic views? From the 16 meter high lookout tower opens up a fantastic view over the extensive lake landscape, the adjacent nature reserve Charlottenhofer Weihergebiet and the vast hilly forest landscape of the Upper Palatinate Forest. In the fresh air you can observe and, above all, hear the diverse bird life. Nature and culture lovers will learn all sorts of interesting facts about the formation of the lake and its vegetation.

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  • Intermediate
    02:55
    6.37 mi
    2.2 mph
    800 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You start at the historic border inn "Gerstmeier", then you cross the border into the Czech Republic. Then follow the path marked BB2. Soon the former village of Plöß is reached. Here we recommend a trip to the old cemetery. If you continue to follow the path, soon the only remaining house in sight, in which a restaurant and pension is housed. Then you reach a large clearing. There was then the village Wenceslas village. After about 500 meters you cross the German border. Passing the Weißbach Spring, you soon stand in front of the only surviving house in the former settlement of Bügellohe. Along the Sautreibergasse the path leads back to Friedrichshäng.

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    7.87 mi
    2.2 mph
    800 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The tour along the river Pfreimd with its natural banks, wild perennials and mossy stones is a real insider tip for nature lovers. You start in Trausnitz at the Reconciliation Chapel and follow the path to a bridge that leads you over the reservoir and then uphill over the Rabenleite along the edge of the forest. Afterwards the Pfreimdtal bike path accompanies you. At Tanzmühle you follow the river Pfreimd until it meets the Goldsteig. At the top of the Kalvarienberg opens a wonderful view of the village and castle Trausnitz.Picnic service: Let yourself be pampered with specialties from the Oberpfälzer Wald in the middle of nature. During the tour, a picnic service is bookable. More information at oberpfaelzerwald.de.

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  • Intermediate
    05:00
    11.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Schönbuchenweg begins and ends in the former Count Palatine town of Neunburg vorm Wald at the Schwarzachtalhalle. The Goldsteig accompanies the tour along the course of the river Schwarzach. Especially the Murnthal delights with its original idyll. Near the northernmost point of the hike, the tour takes you to the pilgrimage chapel Schönbuchen near Dautersdorf. Continue through a crossroads in a beautiful forest area to the Rastkapelle Warberg. When hiking in the direction Mitteraschau the noise of the Ascha comes ever closer. Then the path leads you back over the copper plate.Picnic service: Let yourself be pampered with specialties from the Oberpfälzer Wald in the middle of nature. During the tour, a picnic service is bookable. More information at oberpfaelzerwald.de.

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    7.29 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This round trip through the picturesque Fichtelnaabtal you start in Windischeschenbacher district Oberbaumühle. Past the Walderlebnisweg Schweinmühle, where you can experience nature with all your senses, you will reach the Continental Deep Well (KTB) with the deepest borehole of the earth and the 83 meter high derrick. In the adjacent GEO center you get interesting insights around the drilling and geology. At the end of your hike, we recommend a visit to the numerous Zoiglstuben in Windischeschenbach or its district Neuhaus, with a tasty home-made snack and a refreshing Zoigl beer.

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    7.32 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your hike begins at the Market Square of the Market Raft on the hiking trail of the Oberpfälzer Waldverein. Past the "gallows", the former rectory of the Flosser Amt with the "Primusblick", which was named after a former Flosser senior teacher, who has chosen the beautiful view of the landscape of the Upper Palatinate Forest as his favorite place, you will reach the nature reserve Doost. There you will find a mystical spectacle of nature with huge granite rock groups and the legendary "devil's butter barrel". Via the Bockl-Radweg, a former railway line from Neustadt to Eslarn, you will get back to Raft with wonderful views.

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  • Intermediate
    04:07
    9.04 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your hike begins at the info tree at the town hall in Eslarn. Continue on to the "beer experience Kommunbrauhaus" in which you can learn everything about the local cult beer, the Zoigl. Via Gerstbräu you reach the forest entrance Schönseer Schlag. On the way, it's worth taking a detour to the Stückberg with lookout tower, which is rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view. At the northernmost point of the tour you will reach the wildlife park "Walderlebnisbühne". Experience nature not only in hiking boots, but feel it with bare feet on the barefoot path. Past the Neumühle you will reach back to Eslarn.

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  • Intermediate
    04:53
    11.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    650 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In this natural-historical "nature trail" you can, so to speak, commit history. Here, the course of the journey was determined on the basis of the limits of 1600, as they can be seen from the description of the court Vohenstrauß in office Flossenbürg by Pastor Christoph Vogel. The path was dedicated to the builder of the Vohenstrauss landmark - the Friedrichsburg Castle. This circular walk is 16.5 kilometers long; If you choose Friedrichsburg Castle as the starting point and end point, the route will be extended by 3 kilometers. Along the way you will find information boards that give you insights into the natural and cultural spatial factors of historical settlement activity such as drinking water supply, energy reserves or transport links.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    177 mi
  • Duration
    79:14 h
  • Elevation
    17,025 ft

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