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Bavarian Forest National Park

Along the Bavarian-Czech border between Bayerisch Eisenstein in the district of Regen and Mauth in the district of Freyung-Grafenau lies the Bavarian Forest National Park. On October 7, 1970, the large-scale protected area was designated as the first national park in Germany. Together with the neighboring Šumava National Park in the Czech Republic, it forms the largest contiguous protected forest area in Central Europe. On more than 24,000 hectares, the guiding principle in the Bavarian Forest is “Let nature be nature.”

Area: 242.58 km²
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Activities in Bavarian Forest National Park


Attractions in Bavarian Forest National Park


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Hiking Trail · Bavarian Forest
Lusen über Martinsklause und Teufelsloch
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.1 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 577 m
Descent 577 m

Rundtour vom Wander-Parkplatz Fredenbrücke (unterhalb von Waldhäuser) über die Martinsklause und Teufelsloch zum Lusen im Nationalpark Bayerischer ...

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from Franz-Xaver Six,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
Hiking Trail · Bavarian Forest
Siebensteinkopf
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 4.3 km
Duration 1:19 h
Ascent 157 m
Descent 157 m

Relativ kurze Rundwanderung vom Wanderparkplatz "Schwellgraben" zum Siebensteinkopf-Gipfel und über die Reschbachklause (Stausee) und dem ...

from Franz-Xaver Six,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
Hiking Trail · Bayerischer Wald
Rundtour über den Rachel
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 18.4 km
Duration 4:49 h
Ascent 865 m
Descent 864 m

Schöne Rundtour auf den zweithöchsten Berg des Bayerischen Waldes

9
from Klaus Hagengruber,   Community
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 27 km
Duration 8:21 h
Ascent 987 m
Descent 1,167 m

Durchquerung des Nationalparks Bayerischer Wald auf dem historischen Fernwanderweg Goldsteig.

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from Thorsten Günthert (www.best-mountain-artists.de),   Community
Hiking Trail · Bayerischer Wald
Goldsteig N16 Großer Falkenstein - Buchenau
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.4 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 256 m
Descent 806 m

Goldsteigwanderung N16 (Teil) vom Großen Falkenstein nach Buchenau Vom Großen Falkenstein geht es über den Sulzschachten, Albrechtschachten, ...

from Uwe Stanke,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
Hiking Trail · Bayerischer Wald
Goldsteig N17, N18 Waldhäuser -Mauth
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 16.1 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 495 m
Descent 615 m

Goldsteig durch den Nationalpark Bayer. Wald. Vom Bergdorf Waldhäuser geht es über die martinsklause zum Teufelsloch und von dort an der Glasarche ...

from Uwe Stanke,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.7 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 820 m
Descent 232 m

Goldsteigwanderung N15 Von Bayerisch Eisenstein um den Hochberg herum zum Schwellhäus´l und dann hinauf zum Ruckowitzschachten und zum Großen ...

from Uwe Stanke,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
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Hiking Trail · Bavarian Forest
Lusen über Martinsklause und Teufelsloch
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.1 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 577 m
Descent 577 m

Rundtour vom Wander-Parkplatz Fredenbrücke (unterhalb von Waldhäuser) über die Martinsklause und Teufelsloch zum Lusen im Nationalpark Bayerischer ...

14
from Franz-Xaver Six,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
Hiking Trail · Bavarian Forest
Siebensteinkopf
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 4.3 km
Duration 1:19 h
Ascent 157 m
Descent 157 m

Relativ kurze Rundwanderung vom Wanderparkplatz "Schwellgraben" zum Siebensteinkopf-Gipfel und über die Reschbachklause (Stausee) und dem ...

from Franz-Xaver Six,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
Hiking Trail · Bayerischer Wald
Rundtour über den Rachel
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 18.4 km
Duration 4:49 h
Ascent 865 m
Descent 864 m

Schöne Rundtour auf den zweithöchsten Berg des Bayerischen Waldes

9
from Klaus Hagengruber,   Community
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 27 km
Duration 8:21 h
Ascent 987 m
Descent 1,167 m

Durchquerung des Nationalparks Bayerischer Wald auf dem historischen Fernwanderweg Goldsteig.

1
from Thorsten Günthert (www.best-mountain-artists.de),   Community
Hiking Trail · Bayerischer Wald
Goldsteig N16 Großer Falkenstein - Buchenau
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.4 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 256 m
Descent 806 m

Goldsteigwanderung N16 (Teil) vom Großen Falkenstein nach Buchenau Vom Großen Falkenstein geht es über den Sulzschachten, Albrechtschachten, ...

from Uwe Stanke,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
Hiking Trail · Bayerischer Wald
Goldsteig N17, N18 Waldhäuser -Mauth
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 16.1 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 495 m
Descent 615 m

Goldsteig durch den Nationalpark Bayer. Wald. Vom Bergdorf Waldhäuser geht es über die martinsklause zum Teufelsloch und von dort an der Glasarche ...

from Uwe Stanke,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 12.7 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 820 m
Descent 232 m

Goldsteigwanderung N15 Von Bayerisch Eisenstein um den Hochberg herum zum Schwellhäus´l und dann hinauf zum Ruckowitzschachten und zum Großen ...

from Uwe Stanke,   alpenvereinaktiv.com
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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.

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Rules

Observe local conservation rules and information
Keep noise to a minimum
Stay on the trail
Do not light any fires
Do not pick flowers
Do not feed wild animals
Do not litter
Keep dogs on a leash
Do not fly RC planes or kites
Do not swim in lakes or streams

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Auf dem Goldsteig zwischen Rachel und Lusen by Astrid
July 04, 2020 · Community
Traumhaft schön!
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Schachten und Filze by Silke
May 25, 2020 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Tour, die anstrengend ist (aufgrund der Länge und des Anstieges in den ersten 4 km), aber man wird mit einer einmaligen Landschaft belohnt. Auch empfehlenswert für fitte Hunde (ausreichend Wasser für den Vierbeiner vorhanden).
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When did you do this route? May 24, 2020
Photo: Silke Steinle, Community
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