Bayerwald trail: traversing the Bavarian Forest
On cross-country skis you can go from the Großer Arber along the National Park and into the border triangle of the Bavarian Forest.
On a trail through the entire holiday region: The ski trail known as the “Bayerwald-Loipe” leads from north to south through the Bavarian Forest. On the way it passes numerous highlights of the region: past the Großer Arber, the King of the Bavarian Forest, along the oldest national park in Germany and on to the border triangle of Bavaria, Bohemia and Austria. Those who don’t just want to enjoy the captivating winter landscape and pristine nature but also want to discover some cultural gems will be delighted by the attractions along the way, including the glass town of Zwiesel, the Forest History Museum of St. Oswald, the wildlife zone of the National Park Centre at Neuschönau, the Finsterau Open-Air Museum and the “Stifter und der Wald” Museum in the Rosenberger Gut in Lackenhäuser.
For ski tours we recommend 9 stages, with one day for each: Lohberg-Bayerisch Eisenstein (11 km), Bayerisch Eisenstein-Zwiesel (21 km), Zwiesel-Frauenau-Spiegelau (16 km), Spiegelau-Riedlhütte-Sankt Oswald (10 km), Sankt Oswald-Grafenau-Neuschönau (7 km), Neuschönau-Hohenau-Mauth (21 km), Mauth-Mitterfirmiansreut (23 km), Mitterfirmiansreut-Haidmühle (18 km), Haidmühle-Neureichenau (11 km) or alternatively Mitterfirmiansreut-Neureichenau (30 km).
The Bayerwald trail is predominantly of medium difficulty with some difficult sections and runs at an elevation of 750 m – 1,050 m. It is marked with a snowflake, but the tour is only signposted from north to south. For the purposes of nature conservation there are some road crossings and short walking sections on the trail, but skiers are richly rewarded by pristine countryside and wonderful distant views.