Hiking in the Bavarian Forest National Park with its varied hiking trails, wild forests and pristine streams is also great fun for children. Discover animal tracks, balance over lying tree trunks, watch birds and beetles or discover the many nuances of green in the forest - the atmosphere in the forest enchants every child.
This collection offers a selection of family-friendly hikes with lengths suitable for children and a multitude of exciting opportunities for discovery.
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In addition, we have visitor facilities ready that also specialize in the needs of families. First and foremost, these are the national park centers Lusen near Neuschönau and Falkenstein near Ludwigsthal with their outdoor animal areas. In addition, both the Hans-Eisenmann-Haus and the Haus zur Wildnis offer their own children's lines, which guarantee young visitors an exciting visit to the exhibitions. It gets adventurous in the forest play area in Spiegelau, where families can easily spend the whole day thanks to the nature adventure trail, play areas and forest meadow.
Please note when hiking in the national park:
- Always ensure that you have good equipment: do not forget your map, sturdy shoes, drinks, a first aid kit, bad weather clothing and a mobile phone. This is for your own safety.
- Please watch out for dangers from falling trees and falling dead wood. The use of the trails is at your own risk. Please leave the forest in strong winds for your own protection.
- Please stay on the marked paths. This serves to protect sensitive animal and plant species.
On this tour you can experience several bodies of water: first the path follows the moat or Schwellgraben - a connecting channel between two streams - and then the Reschbach. At the apex of the tour is the idyllic Reschbachklause, an artificial lake from the time of the Holztrift.
The National Park can be experienced in a compact format on the tour through the Lusen National Park Center, which is suitable for wheelchairs and prams. In the open-air animal area, visitors can discover, for example, wolf, lynx, bear, wisent, capercaillie or otter in the spacious, nature-filled enclosures. In the natural garden of the plant and rock free area, the flora can also be experienced up close with all the senses. The Hans-Eisenmann-Haus attracts with cinema, exhibition and refreshments.
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The Falkenstein National Park Center can be explored on the circular tour, which is particularly suitable for people with disabilities or families with children. Stone Age caves, aurochs and primeval horses invite you to imagine the landscape in prehistoric times. In the Haus zur Wildnis there is an opportunity to stop off, visit the nature cinema and discover the national park exhibition.
The entire site was elaborately reshaped in accordance with all the rules of landscape architecture in order to create a mountain lake, rubble dump and other habitats. But although much is artificially designed, it has managed to give the impression of a large natural garden, in which grows what also thrives outdoors in the surrounding nature.
This path awakens the desire for hiking and for discovering the wild forest nature in the Bavarian Forest National Park for children from the age of 4. At the stream, in a small shelter, at the small rock formation on the Ochsenriegel, there are enough opportunities to play so that it doesn't get boring on the way. The 'Crayfish' circular route is certified by the German Hiking Association in the 'Family fun' category.
The family-friendly tour connects the starting point of Fredenbrücke with the Racheldiensthütte and leads along the so-called "Lower Horizontal Trail". As the name suggests, the path runs largely parallel to the slope and therefore without steep inclines. It doesn't get boring, small streams are crossed and the wild forest nature shows its varied side. The Racheldiensthütte invites you to a cozy retreat.
You go through imposing rock formations and wild forest on the stony paths and over the stone steps of the circular path 'Haselhuhn' through the rocky hiking area in the Bavarian Forest National Park. On this short round trip you work up a sweat but are even more amazed - namely at the dynamics of an undisturbed forest in which growth and decay can be experienced.
This easy, family-friendly tour offers several highlights: two jungle areas, a record-breaking fir tree, a rustic, cozy place to stop for refreshments and, of course, forest and water in a variety of forms. The route leads from Zwieslerwaldhaus to the jungle relics Mittelsteighütte and Hans-Watzlik-Hain and over the Schwellhäusl and back along the Schwellsteig on easy-to-walk paths without large differences in height.
In addition to the treetop path, the Lusen National Park Center also offers a beautifully landscaped outdoor animal area. Since it is relatively extensive with a circular route of around seven kilometers, it is also ideal for an extended Sunday walk. You should take three to four hours to do this. Two abbreviations reduce the distance to three kilometers and the walking time to around one and a half hours. If you want to see lynx, wolf, wild cat, otter, bison, bear and many other animals up close, you really get your money's worth here. In contrast to any zoo, you can tell here that the animal enclosures were made for the animals and not for the visitors. Highly recommended!
Plus point: paths are cleared and split up in winter.
Opening times and prices:
Free entry all year round.
The flora makes the national park really exciting. On four hectares around the Hans-Eisenmann-Haus, visitors can stroll past some rare flowers, grasses, shrubs, trees, ferns and mosses, all of which are at home in the Bavarian Forest. The outdoor plant area shows several hundred species in their natural habitats and communities - some even in raised beds that are particularly easy to see. The touch and smell wall invites you to get to know plants with all your senses.
The heart of the Lusen National Park Center is the Hans-Eisenmann-Haus. Informative, interactive and impressive, the permanent exhibition "Paths into Nature - A History of Forest and People" introduces the secrets of the Bavarian Forest National Park. What is the philosophy of “let nature be nature”? Which longings do humans associate with the forest? How has the protected area developed since it was founded? And who or what actually lives in the emerging wilderness? Visitors can find out all this and much more on the tour. For the little ones there is a special children's line with eleven listening stations, where knowledge of the National Park is conveyed in a child-friendly manner - and adults can also learn exciting facts.
The forest play area in the Bavarian Forest National Park: play and nature experience for the whole family according to the motto "understand nature while playing". The approximately 50 hectare adventure area holds countless adventures ready. Just the thing for a family outing - no matter what time of year! The nature experience path offers unusual insights into the forest at ten interesting stations: making music with natural materials, feeling plants, feeling the forest floor barefoot, listening to the sounds of birds: all of this is possible on the approximately two-kilometer-long path.
You can slide, climb, play or swing on the playgrounds. Even a zip line is available. Some of the attractions - like large parts of the paths in the forest playground - are barrier-free, for example there is a seesaw for wheelchair users.
Please note: Most of the playground equipment is dismantled in winter, but the area is still worth a visit. For example, igloos and snow sculptures can be built on the forest meadow.
The House of the Wilderness and part of the animal free area of the Falkenstein National Park Center can be discovered during the lynx trail.
In the Haus zur Wildnis you can explore interesting exhibitions all about the national park, experience a 3D cinema, and feel for once what life is like underground.
In keeping with the lynx trail, the path also leads past the large lynx enclosure. As in the other enclosures, it sometimes takes a little time and patience before the Luchs family shows up. You can then explore them in natural surroundings.