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The Goldsteig - 38 stages between Upper Palatinate and Passau

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The Goldsteig - 38 stages between Upper Palatinate and Passau

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38

Tours

204:35 h

433 mi

56,775 ft

38 stages, two route variants, over 410 miles (660 kilometers) and almost 60,000 feet (18,000 meters) of ascent – the Goldsteig is a long-distance hike of superlatives. The hike has much more to offer than just facts, because nowhere else do you immerse yourself so deeply in the unspoiled Bavarian nature as on the Goldsteig. Away from picturesque old towns, traditional beer breweries, overcrowded castles and traditional folk festivals, the Goldsteig takes you to some of the most remote and pristine areas of Eastern Bavaria. Vast hills in the Upper Palatinate await you, along with rocky peaks in the Upper Palatinate Forest, enchanted primeval woods and the famous one-thousand-year-old trees in the Bavarian Forest National Park. In between, you will find ancient, long-abandoned castles, tiny villages and cozy little towns.

The Goldsteig consists of 38 stages, which lead in two route variants from Marktredwitz in the Upper Palatinate to Passau. The first seven stages run over the gentle hills of the Upper Palatinate and take you as far as Oberviechtach. At this point, the Goldsteig divides into a north route and a south route. The northern route runs near the Czech border over the highest mountains of the Bavarian Forest – long distances, vigorous ascents, and overnight stays in rustic huts make this option a dream route for experienced long-distance hikers. The stages of the southern route, on the other hand, are somewhat shorter and lead over the western mountains of the Bavarian Forest. They are lower and therefore less strenuous climbs await you here. This makes the southern route perfect for ambitious pleasure hikers. No matter which option you choose you can be sure all 38 stages are excellently signposted and spoil you with natural hiking trails across vast fields, picturesque shafts and through thick primeval forests.

You'll find comfortable accommodation at all the Goldsteig stages. Sometimes there are individual guesthouses, sometimes cozy holiday apartments and even elegant hotels. In any case, you should plan and reserve your overnight stays in advance, because the towns and villages along the Goldsteig are small and the accommodations have few rooms – and who would like to stand in front of closed doors after a long mountain tour with no accommodation? Since the individual stages lead through the secluded nature of Eastern Bavaria, you will only find places to dine along a few routes. Therefore, it is best to pack your own provisions and water in your backpack and use the numerous benches and shelters for your breaks. In the larger stage towns, you should have no problems replenishing your provisions, because you will find bakeries, cafés, and supermarkets.

Almost all destinations are served directly by various bus lines. Note that some are tiny villages and that some buses only run sporadically and not at all on weekends. However, the starting point Marktredwitz, the final destination Passau, Furth im Wald on the northern route and Bodenwöhr on the southern route even have their own railway station. This makes these towns perfect as a starting point if you only want to hike parts of the Goldsteig. It is best to check the possible bus and train connections in advance at bayern-fahrplan.de.

But now we have told you enough: just browse through the 38 tours and let yourself be captivated by the untouched nature of the Goldsteig.

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259 mi

35,025 ft

35,775 ft

Last updated: November 25, 2021

All 38 stages of the Goldsteig

  • Difficult
    05:20
    11.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first leg of the Goldsteig is the perfect start. From the train station Marktredwitz, which is approached from Munich, Regensburg and Nuremberg, it goes through the cozy old town out into the wide hilly landscape of the Upper Palatinate. With a wonderful view, you first wander across open pastures

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  • Intermediate
    04:18
    10.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After the hilly first stage, the flat and relatively short second stage is a real pleasure trip. From the contemplative Friedenfels the Goldsteig leads you through the picturesque landscape of the 1,000 ponds. In the Middle Ages, carp were bred here in countless ponds for Lent. At some point, fish farming

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  • Intermediate
    03:56
    9.13 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage of the Goldsteig leads you to one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the Upper Palatinate. Just a few minutes walk from the starting point Falkenberg away it goes into the picturesque Waldnaabtal. In the densely wooded, narrow river valley, you can admire spectacular and exciting

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  • Difficult
    06:31
    14.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Also on the fourth stage you will be accompanied by the Waldnaab. From Windischeschenbach, the starting point of the stage, the river valley is no longer quite so dramatic, with its meadows and sparse forests but no less romantic. Only in Neustadt an der Waldnaab, where you will also find many inns and

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  • Intermediate
    04:06
    9.03 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first half of the fifth stage is characterized by magnificent views. Here you walk along colorful fields, over lush pastures and gentle hills. Behind Roggenstein the landscape changes. Now it goes into the enchanted and legendary forests of the Elms. The Elm is a hilly, densely wooded ridge. You

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  • Difficult
    06:31
    13.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,100 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the sixth stage, the Goldsteig becomes quite mountainous - the hills of the Upper Palatinate slowly lift towards Oberpfälzer Wald and Bayerischer Wald. From Leuchtenberg you hike through a picturesque forest first downhill and then leisurely uphill to neighboring Wittschau. Here you cross the A6 motorway

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  • Difficult
    05:08
    11.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The seventh stage also forms the conclusion of the Oberpfälzer section. But the sparsely populated landscape shows off its best side again. On untreated hiking trails the Goldsteig leads you over the wooded slopes of the Schwangbühl. The highlight of today's stage is the castle ruin Wildstein. Although

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  • Difficult
    07:43
    16.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,225 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This stage forms the prelude to the northern route. Today's tour shows you just what the northern route has come up for you. After a detour to the well-preserved castle ruins Obermurach and an interesting walk through the Prackendorfer moss it is quite adventurous. Shortly after Tannstein the Goldsteig

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  • Difficult
    08:53
    19.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,300 ft
    1,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the ninth stage you leave the rolling hills completely behind you and head into the mountainous foothills of the Upper Palatinate Forest. After the exciting tour over the Steinerne Wand on the day before, the Goldsteig will start off comfortably. In the gentle up and down you wander through the wide

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  • Difficult
    05:05
    10.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,275 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The tenth stage on the northern route takes you over the Gibacht massif. The peaks Kreuzfelsen, Tannenriegel and Reißeck are the highest mountains in the Oberpfälzer Wald and at the same time form the transition to the even higher Bavarian Forest. However, as the starting point Herzogau is already quite

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  • Difficult
    06:24
    12.8 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,525 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Furth im Wald, the starting point of the eleventh Goldsteig stage, is located directly on the Chamb River. The river valley separates the mountains of the Upper Palatinate Forest from the Bavarian Forest. For you it is therefore today up to the famous mountains of the Bavarian Forest. From Furth in the

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  • Intermediate
    03:54
    6.51 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The twelfth stage on the north route of the Goldsteig leads you over the ridge of the Gaitberg. It is a narrow, densely wooded ridge. Through the forest you hike from Schönbuchen steadily uphill, until you can enjoy the first impressive panorama on Kreuzfelsen. From there you continue over the ridge

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  • Difficult
    05:46
    9.65 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,950 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The 13th stage is the queen stage of the Goldsteig. And that is literally meant, because today it goes up to the Great Arber, its highest mountain and thus also the king of the Bavarian Forest. A proud climb over 900 meters separates the starting point from the summit. Fortunately, the climb is evenly

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    6.76 mi
    2.1 mph
    225 ft
    2,275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After going uphill the day before, on the 14th stage the leisurely descent from the Großer Arber is on the program. After enjoying the charming panorama again at breakfast, you're ready to start. On quiet forest trails the Goldsteig snakes through the forest downhill and past the picturesque Arbersee

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  • Intermediate
    04:32
    8.48 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,625 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Bayerisch Eisenstein, the starting point of the 15th stage of the northern route, is located directly on the edge of the Bavarian Forest National Park. Accordingly, today you can prepare yourself for particularly unspoilt nature. From Bayerisch Eisenstein the Goldsteig leads you on natural paths through

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  • Difficult
    08:10
    17.1 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The 16th Goldsteig stage on the northern route takes you up and down the National Park area. You will hike on natural forest paths and quiet forest roads. The highlights of today's tour are in any case the quiet, spacious shafts that spread over the mountain landscape. Many of the mountain pastures were

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  • Intermediate
    04:26
    8.95 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The 17th stage begins in lofty heights just below the summit of the Great Rachel. Around the Rachel you wander through an impressive landscape, because here a storm and a bark beetle plague a few years ago, the spruce and fir trees. The bare, fallen logs are still reminiscent of it, but in between countless

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  • Intermediate
    03:43
    7.46 mi
    2.0 mph
    175 ft
    1,950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Twelve kilometers of route and almost exclusively downhill - the 18th stage is a small reward for the previous mountain stages of the northern route. The Goldsteig snakes along beautiful forest paths very leisurely from Lusen down and leads you over the Schachten Tummelplatz and the picturesque Steinbach

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  • Intermediate
    02:52
    5.75 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,325 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of the 19th stage is the small town of Mauth on the southern edge of the national park. The primeval forests of the national park are thus behind you, but also on the further course of the Goldsteig leads you through the picturesque landscape of the Bavarian Forest. Today, it is relatively

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  • Difficult
    06:36
    14.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the small village of Philippsreut, the 20th Goldsteig stage takes you on the northern route through the forest up to the Haidel summit. On the way you will hike through Leopoldsreut, a village abandoned for over 60 years. Apart from the old schoolhouse - once the highest school in Germany - and

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    38
  • Distance
    433 mi
  • Duration
    204:35 h
  • Elevation
    56,775 ft

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