Bavarian Forest National Park
Area: 242.58 km²
Activities in Bavarian Forest National Park
Attractions in Bavarian Forest National Park
Discover the region
According to this philosophy, the forests with their moors, mountain streams and summits are allowed to develop into a boundless forest wilderness according to their very own laws. This is how the commercial forest of yesterday becomes the primeval forest of tomorrow. Unique biodiversity is the result. Rare animals like lynx, otter, capercaillie or Ural owl find a home again. In addition, 16 beetle species alone, which are considered to be primeval forest relics and only occur in extremely natural areas. The particularly strong biodiversity results from, among other things, the high proportion of deadwood, which provides both food and habitat for hundreds of insects, fungi and birds. Natural processes of growth and decay in the forest ecosystem are permitted in the national park; dead trees or trees fallen by windthrow remain in their natural environment.
Thanks to about 350 km of marked hiking trails, over 200 km of designated bicycle paths and about 80 km of cross-country trails, the national park is wonderfully accessible to nature lovers. Circular hiking trails, which are marked by an animal symbol on a yellow background, always lead back to the starting point. Route paths, marked by plant symbols on a white background, lead from A to B. Also, there are some long-distance hiking trails, for example, the Goldsteig or the European long-distance hiking trail E6, with special symbols.
Rules of conduct in the National Park
In the Bavarian Forest National Park, you can experience, relax and get information about the largely untouched nature. Please note - for the protection of nature and your safety - the following information:
- Always make sure you are well equipped: sturdy shoes, drinking, first aid kit, bad weather clothing and cell phone, and cycle helmet. This is for your own safety.
- Please pay attention to dangers from falling trees and deadwood. The use of the trails is at your own risk. Please leave the forest in strong winds for your safety.
- Please stay on the marked paths. This serves to protect sensitive animal and plant species.
- Cycling is only allowed on marked cycle paths in the National Park. Mountain bike routes leading through the middle of the area or cycling on the hiking trails are strictly prohibited.
- Staying overnight in nature is prohibited in the National Park. Please use the designated shelters and accommodations in the National Park region for overnight stays.
- Please do not leave any garbage behind in the area! Also, dog waste bags or tissues have no place in nature. Please help to keep our wild forest clean.