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The Path of Deceleration – hiking through the Bohemian Forest

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The Path of Deceleration – hiking through the Bohemian Forest

Hiking Collection by Nadine

3-6

days

3-6 h

/ day

42.8 mi

6,525 ft

6,725 ft

Recharge your batteries, pause for a moment, and enjoy the lovely nature: The "Path of Deceleration" (Der Weg der Entschleunigung in German) takes you through the Šumava Bohemian Forest National Park in 15 stages.

In the Collection, I present a specially-selected round hike which takes you 42 miles (68 km) through the forest. The four separate stages will guide you through the north-western Mühlviertel in Upper Austria, taking you to some of the highlights of this beautiful Bohemian Forest.

As one of the oldest low mountain ranges in Europe, the Bohemian Forest has created a unique landscape in the border triangle between Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. As the last remaining large forest area in Central Europe, the two national parks here are characterised by dense forests, rocky boulders, mountain lakes and wild bogs. The ancient landscape is home to diverse wildlife including lynxes, wolves, red deer, otters, and capercaillie. It is said that moose even live in the marshlands along the Vltava River.

On the adventure, you will explore the Mühlviertel, climb peaks of up to 4,265 feet (1,300 m), discover herb gardens, poetry, mystical rock formations and special hidden places. Spectacular panoramic views, stretching as far as the Alps, are included en route. The four-day hike has what it takes to bring harmony and balance back into your life. All you have to do is let the impressive nature do its thing.

All sections of the route include places to stop for refreshments, but it is still worth packing a snack. You’ll find resting places with great views or comfortable seating along the way. Each stage varies in length averaging around five to six hours of walking time. In addition, you can expect to climb up to 2,600 feet (800 m) daily. Depending on your fitness level, you can extend the length of your adventure to five or six days. Each stage ends in a place with overnight accommodation, but make sure you book in advance.

On the Way of Deceleration you will hike over field and forest paths and through unpaved, partly-stony terrain. Sure-footedness and a good basic condition are required. But with sturdy shoes and motivation to discover new things, you will be fine.

Don’t forget to pack your passport because you will cross a total of three national borders. To make your hike a little easier, you can use luggage transport to carry your things from place to place. You can reach Aigen-Schlägl from Vienna via Linz in just under three hours by car or travel from Munich via Deggendorf in about three and a half hours. It is also possible to reach the hike by train from both cities.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    05:27
    12.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,000 ft
    550 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first section of the route takes you on Upper Austrian soil along the Große Mühl, an idyllic stream with grassy shores. You get to the cool, gently flowing water …

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  • Difficult
    04:57
    9.68 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,225 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The second stage on the way to decelerate is a bit shorter at 16 kilometers, but you have to overcome the 700 meters of altitude difference with some challenging walking terrain in the summit area. A hearty and hearty breakfast is the perfect basis to master a challenging day. Today you will cross national borders a few times - so be sure to pack your passport.

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  • Difficult
    06:13
    11.1 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On stage 3 of your tour, your legs are getting tired, but there is still so much to discover! Today, 18 kilometers are on the agenda and a whopping 840 …

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    9.38 mi
    2.2 mph
    575 ft
    1,850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today you go on the last stage on the way to deceleration. There are almost 14 kilometers and only 160 meters of altitude waiting to be mastered by you. At …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    42.8 mi
  • Duration
    20:54 h
  • Elevation
    6,525 ft6,725 ft
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The Path of Deceleration – hiking through the Bohemian Forest