A pleasant bike ride through the Bavarian Forest National Park awaits us, where we come across a forest playground and the traditional Rachel service hut.
Distance 18 km
From the railway station in Spiegelau, we keep to the right along the tracks and drive along the station road to the entrance to the spa gardens (1). The almost seven-hectare park invites you to linger with three lakes and wide open spaces. Here we follow the Trosselweg to the right out of the village. We overcome a small ascent and pass the forest playground (2), which is accessed by a nature adventure trail. Here you will find a swing, a footpath and a barbecue area. Go uphill under the shade of the trees and then continue to the right. Wild horsetail thrives here near the marker ditch (3). The plant belongs to the ferns and is found preferably on damp ground or directly in the water. We now follow the asphalted forest road into the Hammerwald and past the northern flank of the Hohe Scheitstatt. Now we head north on a winding route. At Hüttenbach our path joins another road. We continue straight ahead for a short distance and take the next fork to the right. The road now becomes visibly thinner and is only lined by a few rows of trees. We continue to the left along the Hüttenau hillside and see forest stands that are marked by bark infestation, but are now in the recovery phase. Now follows a slight depression in which we cross some smaller riverbeds. Our route soon describes a right turn until we turn left onto a path that takes us to the small Rachelsee. Information boards along the way explain the (partly still visible) effects of the last ice age. At the end of the small body of water is the Rachel service hut (4). The former forester's lodge now offers a rustic place to stop for refreshments, which can also be reached by the so-called „Igelbus“ and is used as a starting point for hikes to the Great Rachel or the Rachelsee Chapel. We then continue through a maple and spruce forest. Soon we follow the course of the Tiefen Steige and then cycle at the foot of the Taferlruck mountain to a wayside cross. Here we keep to the right and return to the route already known from the outward journey. This leads us back to Spiegelau, where we started our tour.
Getting thereA3, exit Hengsterberg, on the B533 to Grafenau and on the country road to Spiegelau.
ParkingParking facilities at the station site
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