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Recommended by 310 out of 335 hikers


  • Sebastian Kowalke

    Cozy mountain inn directly below the summit of the Großer Rachel. The highest mountain hut was closed in 2017 due to structural defects, but after some restoration work, the hut with the hut hosts Rudi Holzapfel and Sigrid Kick reopened in August 2018.

    The Waldschmidthaus is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the summer season.

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    • August 16, 2018

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    • September 18, 2018

  • cabi

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    Officially called the Rachel shelter, it is the highest mountain hut in the Bavarian Forest at an altitude of 1,360 m. It is located directly below the Great Rachel (1,453 m). From now on, hikers will be provided with cool drinks and delicious snacks every day in the summer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    • December 5, 2019

  • Klausi

    The inn is unfortunately closed.

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    • August 31, 2020

  • Moni

    The vegetable soup was excellent.

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    • August 23, 2018

  • Florian & Katrin

    For a snack a good way

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    • June 3, 2019

  • Ursula

    Beautiful mountain hut as it should be, quaint and cozy.

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    • February 5, 2020

  • olmikilu

    Delicious food, especially the Kaiserschmarrn is recommended.

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    • February 28, 2020

  • ampfortas

    After a refreshment, it is worthwhile to walk the approx. 50 to the abyss to take a look at the Rachelsee.

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    • December 15, 2019

  • Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald

    The Waldschmidthaus is located a little below the summit of the Großer Rachel. The Rachelschutzhaus owes its name to Maximilian Schmidt, also known as Waldschmidt. The writer from Eschlkam (1832 - 1919) dealt among other things with the Bavarian-Bohemian neighborhood and used real locations for his stories. Built in 1912 by the Spiegelau Forest Association, the Waldschmidthaus came into private ownership in 1920. Today it is owned by the Free State of Bavaria and in the summer months of recent years offered hikers a place to stop for refreshments directly on the Rachel.

    The Waldschmidthaus is currently closed until further notice.

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    • May 20, 2020

  • ChrisKa

    Beautiful circular route from the hiking parking lot in Gfäl.

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    • May 23, 2020

  • Tibor

    Nearby is a beautiful viewpoint on Rachelsee and the beautiful Bavarian Forest!

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    • May 24, 2020

  • Armin Bock©️

    Unfortunately, currently closed due to renovations. The location below the summit is perfect.

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    • June 14, 2020

  • cabi

    very good food, Kaiserschmarrn delicious and good view

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    • November 1, 2019

  • tcosman

    July 2020 unfortunately currently closed.

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    • August 3, 2020

  • Petra

    I was looking forward to the Kaiserschmarrn, but unfortunately the hut is not managed. You can still sit out here and take a break

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    • September 12, 2020

  • Stefan Rudorfer

    Just below the summit. Unfortunately it was closed on 09/21/2020.

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    • September 21, 2020

  • Ove

    The Waldschmidthaus is currently closed for a long time (probably 2023) due to pending restoration.

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    • June 10, 2021

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