Year of establishment: 1970
Area: 242.16 km²
Activities in Bayerischer Wald
Attractions in Bayerischer Wald
Barrierearmer Rundgang durch das Tier-Freigelände des Nationalparkzentrums Lusen
Rundgang durch das Tier-Freigelände im Nationalparkzentrum Falkenstein
Vielseitige Wanderung im Norden des Nationalparks mit Einkehrmöglichkeit
Ausgedehnte Wanderung rund um den Hochmoorkomplex Klosterfilz und Großer Filz
Leichte Wanderung in der Gemeine Lindberg mit der Möglichkeit Hirsche zu beobachten.
Abwechslungsreiche Wintertour im Osten des Nationalparks mit Gipfelerlebnis
Abwechslungsreiche Rundwanderung durch Felsformationen und wilden Wald mit Aussichtspunkten
Discover the region
According to this philosophy, the forest with its bogs, mountain streams and summits may develop into a limitless forest wilderness according to its very own laws. In this way, yesterday’s economic woodlands become the native jungle forests of tomorrow. Unique biodiversity is a result. Rare animals, such as lynx, otter, capercaillie or ural owl are able to find a habitat again. In addition, there are 16 species of beetles, which are considered to be primeval forest relics and only occur in extremely pristine forests. The strong biodiversity is based, among other things, on the high percentage of deadwood, which serves as basis and habitat for hundreds of insects, fungi and birds. Natural processes of growth and decay within the forest ecosystem are permitted in the national park, also by leaving behind those dead or windthrown trees in their natural environment.
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.