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The Zoiglwirte and local breweries – Enjoy hiking and beer in the Oberpfälzer Wald

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Oberpfälzer Wald

After a long hike, a cool pint in a Zoiglstube or local brewery tastes even better. In summer, the sunny beer gardens are especially tempting places to relax and enjoy one of the regional specialties of the Oberpfälzer Forest. Beer, especially the cult Zoigl beer, could almost be considered the elixir of life in this part of the world. Numerous local breweries and Zoiglwirte keep your glass full with a variety of Bavarian beer.

The Oberpfälzer Forrest doesn't just offer excellent beer, it also has many wonderful hiking opportunities. You can explore the unique rock formations in the Waldnaabtal, discover works of art around the Hammersee, get to know the stunning areas of the Goldsteig and enjoy idyllic villages with unique charm. The many trails in this beautiful region lend themselves to being explored on foot.

In this Collection, we guide you through seven different length hiking routes through the wonderful landscapes in the region. After an enjoyable hike through nature, you can quench your thirst with a regional (beer) specialty.

The most unique attraction in the Oberpfälzer Forest is undoubtedly the Zoigl. To understand this tradition, you should first understand some background knowledge. Where the Zoiglstern (the guild sign of brewers) hangs, you can expect to experience something absolutely unique. The bottom-fermented, unfiltered beer has been brewed in five communal breweries in Eslarn, Falkenberg, Mitterteich, Neuhaus, and Windischeschenbach for hundreds of years. Today, the breweries offer plenty of snacks and a friendly atmosphere, not forgetting the beer.

So get out into nature, tuck into tasty food, enjoy a pint – and say "cheers!"

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:40
    5.91 mi
    2.2 mph
    600 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    So barefoot can be a Baroque tour: On the way from the monastic city Waldsassen to the famous Holy Trinity Church Kappl you have the agony of choice, where and how often you stop. Just follow the trail marked 5.Through the Kapplwald you will make a pilgrimage to the imposing pilgrimage church. There, the Kappl awaits you with a Baroque architectural work of art - and the traditional Kapplwirt right next door, on Sundays even with Angus-Weiderind from our own rearing on the regional menu.So strengthened it goes over the baroque Rosenkranzweg back to Waldsassen - and to the next stop: From the Bavarian court on the inn Prinzregent Luitpold to the monastery guesthouse St. Josef awaits you Oberpfälzer inn and beer culture at its best.

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    8.57 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the Zoiglbier place Falkenberg this tour takes you through the nature reserve Waldnaabtal with its wild and romantic ensemble of water, forest and rock. You wander past bizarre stone formations such as the chamber car and the butter barrel to the log cabin. There you can take a relaxing break and strengthen yourself (closed on Mondays).Continue along the shore path directly along the banks of the Waldnaab. After the table stone, you make your way across the Mühlnicklweiher on the other side of the river and a rustic sunken path on the way back to Falkenberg.In the historic center at the foot of the castle you will find several Zoiglstuben, the traditional inns Zum Goldenen Stern and Zum Roten Ochsen and the Hutza-Café. Check in any case the bargains in the Zoiglkalender: zoiglbier.de/zoigltermine.

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  • Difficult
    06:33
    14.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Goldsteig Panorama Tour starts in Lukahammer, a district of the city Oberviechtach. At the beginning of the hike, a beer world record holder will astonish you: the largest beer mug in the world with a total capacity of 4,718 liters.Then go on the old paths of the Sautreiberweg to Burgstall Wildstein. Here the Sautreiberweg meets the Goldsteig, which leads you to the idyllic pilgrimage church of St. Jakob bei Fuchsberg. For 350 years, the Schlossbrauerei Fuchsberg has brewed its regional beer in this small town.Shortly before the festival town of Oberviechtach, continue on the Josef-Spichtinger-Weg until you reach the hiking trail number 2, which you follow through the Oberviechtacher Hochholz back to Lukahammer. At Gasthof Hammerschänke you can round off the tour with regional delicacies and Oberpfälzer beer.

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  • Intermediate
    02:11
    5.13 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A tour for true Bierge (h) nießer: Because Bodenwöhr is mainly known for the probably best wheat beer in the world of the brewery Jacob. The associated brewery inn is located directly on the Hammersee and this is where you start your hiking tour on the art and waterway.You follow the shore path towards the nature reserve Weichselbrunner Weiher. Here you cross a small bridge and walk past the Schlossberg towards Blechhammer until the Goldsteig access road meets the main route of the high-quality path marked with a yellow S. This you follow until shortly before Birkhof.On the path marked with a blue S you walk via Hinterrandsberg back to Bodenwöhr. Here you can end the day in the cozy beer garden directly on the lake with a wheat beer.

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  • Difficult
    12:59
    30.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,675 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    "The star determines the way" - this is the motto of this culinary route, which runs on a route of 48 kilometers on the quality trail Goldsteig. The guild sign of the Zoigl brewer, the star, gives you the direction. The complete long distance hiking trail on the Goldsteig has a length of 660 kilometers and runs from Marktredwitz to Passau.The start is in Wiesau. Via the Zoiglbier-place Falkenberg with its imposing castle you reach the Zoigl capital Windischeschenbach with the district Neuhaus. There are 15 Zoiglwirte, who in turn serve their self-brewed Zoigl and serve tasty snacks - perfect for a break. Look in advance on the Zoiglkalender after the bargains: zoiglbier.de/zoigltermine. If you want to do the tour in two stages then you can look for a night camp here.Continue to the district town Neustadt an der Waldnaab, where the popular bottom-fermented beer is served in two Zoiglstuben. Again, it is worth a look in advance in the Zoiglkalender.Via Wilchenreuth you reach the Max-Reger-town Weiden in der Oberpfalz, from where you can easily reach the starting point by train.

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  • Difficult
    21:39
    49.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    3,800 ft
    3,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At the historic mill walking hammer with mill museum starts this circular walk. Through quiet valleys, the trail winds past idyllic villages such as Neuenhammer with its former grinding and polishing works. The glass polishing Hagen mill with a fine doll museum and coffee shop shows this vividly.The path leads you on to the resorts Pleystein, Moosbach with its private
    Brewery Scheurer, Eslarn with the beer experience Kommunbrauhaus and Waidhaus back to Georgenberg. On the way, family-run country inns invite you to stop off and enjoy real Oberpfälzer delicacies and regional beers.
    After almost 80 kilometers, you will come back to the starting point, the historic mill. In the quaint little room, the mill-keeper will provide you with snacks from the Upper Palatinate (from 1 pm, except Monday, Tuesday and Thursday). That's what you earned after more than 1,160 meters of altitude difference.You can hike the circular walk in several stages in one go or pick out individual sections for day hikes. The trail was designed so that the entry and exit in all places along the Stecke is possible. Refreshments and accommodations are also available in most villages.

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  • Easy
    00:44
    1.76 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your city tour through pastures is best started at the ZOB, from there you can quickly reach the green of the Kurt-Schumacher-Allee. Next to the remains of the historic city wall, the first culinary stop awaits you in the city garden: a vegetable garden with raised beds. In the middle of the city, a green oasis was created here that is open to everyone. The vegetables are tasty to bite and just waiting to be picked by you.Continue through the Max-Reger-Park to the Upper Gate, then St. Michael's Church, the Old Schoolhouse (with City Museum, Max-Reger-Room and Tachauer Heimatmuseum), the Art Nouveau Church of St. Josef and the residence of the composer Max Regers. In the old town you will find the Old Town Hall and the Renaissance gabled houses.And now enough culture - continue to enjoy: the inn Bräuwirt with its own brewery, the traditional restaurant Ratskeller with Oberpfälzer cuisine, the Zoe with a combination of regional and Mediterranean-Asian cuisine ... You have loads of choice and hopefully hungry.Through the park and along Kurt-Schuhmacher-Allee, you walk back to the starting point at the end of the four-kilometer city tour.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    115 mi
  • Duration
    50:26 h
  • Elevation
    8,725 ft

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