Bavarian Forest National ParkWild encounters…
The oldest National Park in Germany – the Bayerischer Wald (Bavarian Forest) National Park – and its Czech neighbour Šumava offer distant views from one wave of forest to the next, with pristine wilderness on all sides. The border ridge that runs from Lusen to Falkenstein has ancient woodland, dynamic climbs and fantastic views like pearls threaded along a hundred kilometres of cycling and hiking trails. It’s something that people of all ages can enjoy.
In the two National Park Centres of Lusen near Neuschönau and Falkenstein near Ludwigsthal, visitors can come across (once) native animals of the region in extensive outdoor enclosures. The Visitor Centres of Hans-Eisenmann-Haus and Haus zur Wildnis contain interactive elements and various exhibitions, giving thrilling insights into the past and present of nature in the National Park.
Other highlights include one of the longest treetop trails in the world with the well-known “Baumei” (44 m), special areas of plant and rock, and stone age caves that transport visitors back into the distant past. Naturally, there are plenty of opportunities for refreshments!
Alongside the two large National Park Centres there are a great many excellent options and access points for nature enthusiasts and explorers, such as in the Forest History Museum St. Oswald or the border station of Bayerisch Eisenstein.
The woodland play area in Spiegelau is another real experience – this large, park-like wooded area covering around 50 hectares includes playgrounds and a nature experience path. The park also offers a wide-ranging children’s holiday programme and a wilderness camp at Falkenstein.
When hiking through primordial forest, ascending airy summits, trekking over mountain pastures and moorland, walking along clear mountain streams or following informative themed trails, visitors experience for themselves the motto of the National Park: “Let nature be nature”. And it’s truly worth the effort!
- Grosser Arber - King of the Bavarian Forest
- Zwiesel Forest Mueseum - Forest, Home and Glass
- The Crystal Road - wonderful route following the Bavarian-Bohemian border
- A network of over 300km of clearly marked footpaths, almost 200km of cycle routes and around 80km of cross-country ski runs offers visitors plenty of opportunity to enjoy the beauties of the national park in summer and in winter. There are also various educational and leisure facilities for visitors to use free of charge.
- Together with the Šumava (Bohemian Forest) National Park adjoining it to the east, it is the largest contiguous area of protected forest in central Europe.