Original, wild, boundless and absolutely multi-faceted — that is the holiday region Bavarian Forest National Park. Embedded in the fascinating landscape of Germany's oldest national park, the Bavarian Forest National Park, a truly pure form of nature awaits you..
Here, the saying "Let nature be nature" is applied to everything — and you'll notice it wherever you go as you witness how a new, wild forest develops and unfolds according to nature's very own laws.
Together with the adjacent Sumava National Park on the Czech side, you will find the largest contiguous forest area in Central Europe — and many hundreds of miles of well-signposted hiking trails make every hike in the Bavarian Forest National Park holiday region a real nature experience.
Whether you hike the Bayerwald mountains of Lusen, Rachel, Falkenstein or the Great Arber, the "King of the Bavarian Forest", or stick to one of the many other hiking trails, all Tours have one thing in common: a unique forest wilderness and unforgettable views of pristine and unspoiled nature.
We have put together 10 Tours for you which are spread all over the holiday region Bavarian Forest National Park. With these hikes, you will get to know the diversity of the region — and soon fall in love with its beauty.
Dive into the world around Mount Lusen, a place where you can best experience the growth of a natural forest. Take a cross-border walk to the Siebensteinkopf and on to the source of the Vltava. Explore the impressive and noisy Höllbachgspreng — a waterfall on the way up to the Grosse Falkenstein — or enjoy the peace and quiet and switch off on the trail near Schönberg.
You see, in the Bavarian Forest, the possibilities seem boundless — in the truest sense of the word.
Almost all walks in the Bavarian Forest can be easily reached with the Igelbus. Timetable information can be found at ostbayernbus.de/ostbayernbus/view/angebot/buslinien/igelbusse.shtml
At an altitude of 1,373 meters, the Lusen is not only the sixth highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest, but above all the third highest in the national park zone. Its summit is very close to the Bavarian-Bohemian border and offers hikers a wonderful panorama of the mountains and endless forest areas of the Bavarian Forest.Your hike starts at the hiking car park Fredenbrücke, which can also be reached by bus. You cross the narrow brook Kleine Ohe and then wander upstream along the shore. At a slight incline, you will hike through dense forest until you reach the small reservoir Martinsklause. In the past, water was dammed up for the timber drift.Now the way becomes a bit steeper. During storms many trees were overturned in recent years. As part of the natural forest development of the National Park, the trees are not cleared away and provide habitat for many birds, insects and even mammals.After you pass the Devil's Hole, the forest becomes a little bit denser again. A little later you reach the Glass Ark, a huge piece of glass art. From here, the so-called Himmelsleiter leads you straight up to the bare summit of Lusen. Once at the top you will be rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view. After a break in the Lusenschutzhaus, it's the same way back to the starting point of the tour.
Between Spiegelau and Großarmschlag there is a compact ridge that consists almost entirely of hard gneiss rock. Over the course of millions of years, the Great Ohe has cut a dramatic, deep gorge into the rock on its way through the rocks. On a hiking trail you can explore the Steinklamm with the whole family.On the banks of the Große Ohe in Spiegelau your hike begins through the Steinklamm. On a quiet street you follow the course of the river up to the Spiegelauer district Luisenfels. Here the valley is getting narrower and narrower. A few steps later you are already standing in the wild and romantic Steinklamm. Sometimes the Great Ohe flows fast between wooded slopes, sometimes over large stones and rocks and sometimes through narrow rock passages. From the trail on the banks of the river, you can admire the natural spectacle in peace.After you have crossed the gorge, the valley continues again and you leave the river in the direction of Großarmschlag. Here it is still worth a detour to the idyllic reservoir, before you return from the stage destination with the trains of the Waldbahn back to Spiegelau.
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With a height of more than 1,200 meters, the Siebensteinkopf is a great view summit. The easy ascent to the mountain can be perfectly combined with a circular walk to the source of the Warm Vltava, which lies just a few meters from the German-Czech border. From the source it then goes on the Czech side back to the starting point of the hike.Your tour starts at the Wanderparkplatz Schwellgraben. From here you hike on pleasant forest roads uphill to the Reschbachklause. After a short break at the small lake, we continue up to the Siebenstenkopf. The summit is partly wooded, but still offers you a great view of the surrounding mountain landscape.Afterwards, the tour takes you through a marsh area to the source of the Warm Vltava. This is one of the two source rivers of the Vltava, the largest river in the Czech Republic. From the source, you hike back a little way and then follow the circular route through sparse forests to Bučina. The former village was demolished in the 1950s because it was too close to the border, which at that time was significantly secured and expanded. Only a chapel and a hotel are left.About wide meadows and through light forests, it goes back to the starting point of your tour.
Together with the neighboring large felt the Klosterfilz forms the largest bog area in the Bavarian Forest. On this circular walk, you can explore the enchanted bogs and the surrounding virgin forests extensively. The sections on the Moorwiesen are particularly beautiful: so that the flora and fauna are not disturbed by hikers, the path leads here over wooden footbridges through the moor.At the hiking car park next to the bus stop Diensthüttenstraße your hike begins through the Klosterfilz. The hike is signposted as a crossroads. You wander north for a bit and then cross the river Große Ohe. Along a moor area, where numerous fallen trees are, you wander in the direction of the small village of Guglöd. The trail leads you south along the edge of the village. Here you will find a pristine and extensive forest area.After crossing the forest, you walk through the village Siebenellen. Here you finally turn west and follow the signposted path to Klosterfilz. On wooden boardwalks you wander through the picturesque moor landscape here. A little later, you meet the Big Ohe, who accompanies you on your hike.At Riedlhütte it goes north to the big felt around. Again and again, you walk over boardwalks, so that the wet meadows and their inhabitants are not disturbed. After you have walked a few meters through the rustic Filzwald, you reach the starting point of the hike again.
The emotional path at Schönberg is a real pleasure walk. Along the stream Mitternacher Ohe you walk on quiet forest paths, along lush meadows and over green hills. The path is almost level, making it perfect for hikers of all ages.Directly on the main road 533, on the southern edge of Schönberg, is the starting point of your hike. After just a few meters, you will reach the Mitternacher Ohe, which splashing through a sparse forest. You follow their course and listen to the gentle murmur of the water. The trail accompanies the small torrent along the entire route and soon leads you across open meadows and then across vast hills and meadows. The Mitternach Ohe flows here through an idyllic valley, which finally opens to Eberhardsreuth.Shortly thereafter, you will reach a trail parking lot on the main road 85, which is also the destination of the hike. From here you can then walk back on the same route.
1.453 meters, the Great Rachel stretches into the sky. He is the second highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest after the Great Arber and especially the highest mountain in the National Park. The ascent to the promising summit is not particularly difficult and you can also visit the famous Rachel Chapel and the picturesque Rachel Lake on a roundtrip to the Great Rachel.At the hiking car park G'fäll your tour begins on the Great Rachel. First you walk through dense forest, but after half of the ascent you enter a huge deadwood area. Hurricane Kyrill had thrown down huge amounts of trees here, but in keeping with the National Park idea, the trees were not removed. They decay slowly and thus form the fertilizer for the renewable tree generation.Below the summit, the Waldschmidthaus awaits you for a rest. The cozy mountain hut with the long tradition was reopened in the summer of 2018 and provides hikers on their way to the summit. Also for you it goes on refreshed. The summit is soon reached and after you have seen enough of the panorama, the trail leads you down to the Rachel Chapel.From the chapel you have a beautiful view of the Rachelsee below you. The picturesque lake is then the next destination of your hike. Then it goes without significant slope through the forest back to the starting point of the hike.
The ascent to Falkenstein is one of the most exciting mountain tours that you can do in the Bavarian Forest National Park. The ascent route takes you through the unique landscape of the Höllbach spreng, a cascading waterfall. The river rushes through a narrow and steep gorge down into the valley.The starting point of your hike is the hedgehog bus stop Zwieslerwaldhaus-Wildniscamp. From here it goes directly into the dense, unspoilt forest. The path winds slowly uphill and after about 6 kilometers you reach the Höllbachschwelle. Here the Höllbach flows into a small reservoir, which was created for the Holztrift.Now it is really exciting: through jungle-like landscape it goes over rocks, roots and steps directly next to the rushing Höllbachgespreng steeply uphill - a paradise for adventurous hikers. If the section is too exciting for you, you can still get to the Falkenstein via a short detour. Above the Höllbach spreng it is only a short distance to the summit of Falkenstein. Here you can enjoy the great view of the endless forests and then a rest in the Falkenstein shelter.Afterwards you will hike back to the starting point of your hike via the less dramatic, but very promising northern slope and through the jungle area Mittelsteighütte.
In the Alps, the mountain pastures are called alpine pastures and in the Bavarian Forest they are called shafts. At least since the 17th century, large forests were cut down on the sunny slopes of the mountains in the Bavarian Forest, so that from then on cattle and sheep could graze in the summer months. Individual trees were left standing so that they could provide shade on hot days. This centuries-old tradition of pastoralism only came to an end in the 1950s. At that time, all existing shafts should be reforested, but the Bavarian Forest Association was able to enforce that the shafts were obtained. On this hike around the Hirschberg you can explore several, dreamlike shafts.Your hike starts in the center of Buchenau. From here you hike through the valley of the Pommerbach pretty quickly uphill to the idyllic Lindbergschachten. Without major differences in altitude you hike from there over the green mountains of the Bavarian Forest. On your way you pass through light forests and visit several spacious shafts. Particularly exciting are the forest areas, which were particularly hard hit by storms and bark beetles. Here are skeletal trees and towering gray in the sky. But between the dead tree trunks already thrives the next generation of trees. Everywhere small spruces, firs, beeches and oaks grow.The Almschachten is the last battles on your hike and from here it goes leisurely down into the valley. There you will also pass the drinking water dam Frauenau, which lies in a depression below the Hirschberg. A little later you reach again the starting point of your hike.
Above the Zwiesel district Rabenstein the Hennenkobel lures with its untouched forests to extensive hikes. The best part: although its slopes are covered with dense mixed forests, you have a great view of the forests and mountains of the Bavarian Forest National Park on the small rocky summit.At the Wanderparkplatz Kaisersteig trail your tour starts around the Hennenkobel. On a wide, comfortable forest it goes into the dense forest. The trail climbs steadily and leads you up the northern slope of the mountain to the summit. There a bank and a small shelter welcome you - a perfect place for a break and to enjoy the fantastic view.Then it goes down over the southern slope through dense forest. You wander on the edge of Rabenstein, where you once again a great view of the surrounding landscape offers. After a last stretch through the forest you reach the starting point of your tour again.
The Great Arber, highest mountain and thus 'King of the Bavarian Forest', was covered by glaciers during the last ice age. On their way down into the valley, the glaciers lifted glacial hollows, so-called Kare, at several points around the mountain. South of the summit, one of the hollows filled with meltwater and thus created the picturesque Great Arber Lake. On a leisurely walk, you can completely circle the mountain lake once.Starting point of the hike is the reopened Arberseehaus, which can be reached both by car and by bus. From there it goes counterclockwise around the lake. Take some time for your round so you can fully enjoy the beauty of the place. On the circumnavigation of the lake, of course, followed by a stop in the cozy Arberseehaus.