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Hiking in Bavaria’s Upper Palatinate Forest – unspoilt forests & green hills

Hiking Collection by Oberpfälzer Wald

Lonely, unspoilt forests, glistening brooks, winding rivers, and wide views over wooded hills — welcome to Bavaria's wild north, the Upper Palatinate Forest. Between the town of Marktredwitz in the north and Regensburg in the south, you can explore endless forests, romantic castle ruins and friendly little towns and villages on a network of more than 400 official hiking trails. We took to the trails ourselves and present six of our favourite routes here.

The routes in this Collection showcase the beautiful scenery and impressive nature in the region, as well as the flora and fauna which grows in the area. A brand new “Nature-Navi” feature allows you to use a digital hiking map (visit oberpfaelzerwald.de/natur-navi), plan your route, and head off adventuring. Along the trails, there are 100 QR codes revealing information about the nature when you scan them with your phone. An audio guide also explains interesting facts about the areas such as the origin of rock formations, the history of huge castle ruins, and about life along the babbling brooks.

On the “Nature-Navi”, you can also find all official hiking trails in the Upper Palatinate Forest. Browse through the selection, download the GPX track and you are ready to go on tour with komoot. You will also find plenty of information on places to stop for refreshments, sights and events. If you plan to stay for several days, the information on accommodation will be particularly helpful. You can put your favourites on your personal digital notepad to access them later or during the hike.

Now it's time for you to have a look at our selection and gather inspiration for your next hike in the Upper Palatinate Forest. If you need some additional suggestions, have a look at our Nature-Navi or check out more Collections here: komoot.de/user/oberpfaelzerwald/collections

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    14:59
    33.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    3,125 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Glittering water surfaces and forest as far as the eye can see: If you are a true nature lover, this tour is just right for you! Shortly after the gold town of Oberviechtach and before the Palatine town of Neunburg in front of the forest, the paths of the Goldsteig main route separate into the north and south routes. Usually you have to decide here at the latest which variant of the longest quality hiking trail in Germany you want to continue hiking.Not so with this three-day hike. We take the decision for you and connect the north and south routes with the Upper Palatinate Lake Trail for you at the heart of the Goldsteig to a unique round trip! The best thing about it: One highlight chases the next. Whether Eixendorfer Staussee, Prackendorfer and Kulzer Moos, the idyllic Murnthal or the natural monument Druidenstein - each of the places has its own atmosphere. It is often a bit mystical here ...By the way: you can also find this tour in the Oberpfälzer Wald nature navigation system oberpfaelzerwald.de/natur-navi with lots of additional information from natural knowledge to refreshments and accommodation.

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    Intermediate
    03:11
    7.14 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Deep forests and wide views: on the small rock hike you get an insight into the beauty of the Steinwald nature park. Be it Zipfeltannenfelsen, Reiseneggerfelsen or Räuberfelsen - rugged-chunky rock formations are the hallmark of the stone forest. Under no circumstances should you miss the ascent to the Saubadfelsen: the viewing platform literally puts the stone forest at your feet and gives you a view of the dense tree tops.By the way - the nature park is small, but still quite wild: lots of red deer, but also rare animals such as the lynx or the hawk owl are at home here again.Tip: You can also find this tour in the Oberpfälzer Wald nature navigation system oberpfaelzerwald.de/natur-navi with lots of additional information, from natural knowledge to refreshments and accommodation.

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    8.20 mi
    2.2 mph
    800 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This 13 kilometer circular hike begins and ends in the center of Leuchtenberg. You can see the famous ruins of Leuchtenberg Castle from afar. From there you have an incomparable panoramic view over the Upper Palatinate Forest.We continue through the mystical nature reserve Lerau Valley - a real insider tip! Enjoy gurgling brooks, marvel at the so-called wool sack weathering of the granite block seas and find out what the legend of the Teufels butter churn is all about. Then it goes back to the starting point in Leuchtenberg.By the way: you can also find this tour in the Oberpfälzer Wald nature navigation system oberpfaelzerwald.de/natur-navi with lots of additional information from natural knowledge to refreshments and accommodation.

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    Intermediate
    02:20
    5.11 mi
    2.2 mph
    600 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Have you always wanted to test your limits - or even exceed them? This tour is very easy and, above all, safe.There is hardly any other area that is so shaped by the border at that time as the Schönseer Land. Where the border was at that time can hardly be distinguished nowadays whether the path is already in the neighboring country Czech Republic or if you are still in the Upper Palatinate Forest. With this recommendation - perfectly suitable for all cross-border commuters - it is guaranteed to be forested and promising in very special places. Because at Sautreibergasse, at the Šumava lookout tower, at the Reichenstein castle ruins or at the Hochfels natural monument, you can enjoy great views - often even deep into the Šumava.By the way: you can also find this tour in the Oberpfälzer Wald nature navigation system oberpfaelzerwald.de/natur-navi with lots of additional information from natural knowledge to refreshments and accommodation.

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    Difficult
    05:52
    13.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    950 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Nurtschweg. Just you. And nature: true to this motto, the quality hiking trail offers plenty of opportunities to switch off. Wide forests on the green roof of Europe and cultural highlights from the monastery town of Waldsassen to the Egerland half-timbered house in Bad Neualbenreuth are your companions on stage 1.The starting point at the Trinity Church in Kappl immediately creates a baroque wow effect, while the Waldsassen environmental station offers flowers and a bee sauna. Got tired legs? The Sibyllenbad at the destination in Bad Neualbenreuth will make you fit for the next hike.Tip: Park your car at the destination in Neualbenreuth and let the BAXI call bus (line 8313, runs daily) take you to the starting point on the Kappl. Precise timetable and registration deadlines at fahrmit-baxi.deBy the way: you can also find this tour in the Oberpfälzer Wald nature navigation system oberpfaelzerwald.de/natur-navi, with lots of additional information from natural knowledge to places to stop for refreshments and overnight stays.

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    Difficult
    06:27
    14.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your 23-kilometer circular tour starts in the historic old town of Weiden in the Upper Palatinate.The market square with its charming, almost 500-year-old gabled houses and the old town hall with carillon suggests the centuries-old history of the city. Every Wednesday and Saturday, by the way, the popular weekly market takes place there, where regional delicacies are offered.It continues beyond the Max Reger Park into the beautiful nature. The Goldsteig quality hiking trail takes you to Muglhof via Theisseil and Letzau. On the Dreifaltigkeitsberg with its chapel you can enjoy the distant view over the Upper Palatinate Forest to the Franconian Switzerland. Then it goes back to the starting point in Weiden.Comfortable arrival and departure by train to / from Weiden is possible without any problems.By the way: You can also find this tour in the Natur-Navi Oberpfälzer Wald oberpfaelzerwald.de/natur-navi with lots of additional information from natural knowledge to refreshments and accommodation.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    81.5 mi
  • Duration
    36:28 h
  • Elevation
    7,575 ft

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