The Bavarian Forest
Think of Bavaria and you imagine Lederhosen, fairy tale castles and Alpine peaks, but there’s so much more to discover in the Bavarian Forest, which is located in Eastern Bavaria.
If you want to escape from the daily grind, come to the Bavarian Forest, a stunning wild, unspoilt highland landscape filled with rolling scenery, pretty wildflower meadows, crystal clear streams, and tranquil lakes dating back to the Ice Age, all enfolded by ancient forests which have inspired many a fairy tale.
This deeply traditional German region offers so much to visitors. A hidden delight, this gentle region is caressed by verdant woodlands and hills, stretching as far as the eye can see. Tucked away close to the Danube valley in southeast Germany, it sprawls across the borders of the Czech Republic and Austria out into much of western and southern Bohemia, making it Central Europe’s largest woodland area.
The Nature Park Bavarian Forest, spanning 3,077 square kilometres (1,188 square miles) protects this untouched wilderness. The largest in the country, the nature park contains the National Park Bavarian Forest, a 243 square kilometre (94 square miles) heavily protected area, where nature is left to take its course without human interference.
If you love hiking and rambling, the Nature Park Bavarian Forest is an sheer delight.
Countless walking trails enable you to observe native creatures such as lynx, deer, wild boar, foxes, otters and badgers. You might even be able to spot some of its more uncommon bird species, such as the white-backed or three-toed woodpecker and the pygmy owl, Europe’s smallest.
But there’s so much more to the area, including:
The ‘Baumei’, one of the longest treetop trails in the world
Two large Natural Park centres
The Forest History Museum St. Oswald
The woodland play area in Spiegelau. Covering around 50 hectares, it offers playgrounds and a nature experience path, as well as a wide-ranging children’s holiday programme and a wilderness camp at Falkenstein.
Grosser Arber “King of the Bavarian Forest” – a family friendly ski area with guaranteed snow
The Zwiesel Forest Museum presenting the history of the nature, culture and usage of the Bavarian Forest
The Rachelsee lake, which has many myths and legends surrounding it, including the rumour that it was named after the devil’s grandmother!
Over 300km of clearly marked footpaths, as well as almost 200km of cycle routes and approximately 80km of cross-country ski runs
Stay at Frauenau, the perfect base for exploring the Bavarian Forest
Frauenau is an authentic village located in the midst of the Bavarian Forest National Park. Nestled at the foot of the Great Rachel, Frauenau offers you a wide range of leisure activities. Not only can you start many walks directly at the village, you can also enjoy many other attractions, including a glass museum, the summer school’s workshops, lectures and courses, art glass and concerts held in the delightful rococo church.
Come to Frauenau and fall in love with Eastern Bavaria!