Varied leisure & cultural activities

Natural Paradise: Bavarian Forest

The Bavarian Forest is known as the most beautiful low mountain landscape in Europe, remarkable nature park in Germany and impressive magic forest in Bavaria. Endless hiking trails in untouched nature and a wide range of leisure and cultural activities in every season have made the Bavarian Forest one of the most famous family vacation regions in Germany. We present the highlights of this dreamlike landscape to give you a small insight into the diversity of the Bavarian Forest.

The 12 Thousanders in the Bavarian Forest

Enjoy nature and be sporty on one of the longest and most diverse hiking trails in Germany. A distance of 660 kilometers leads you from Marktredwitz to Passau. Either you go on a great discovery tour, or you conquer the Goldsteig bit by bit on a leisurely bike tour, a star tour or classically on foot on a stage hike. Those who are really sporty can even manage eight thousand meters in one day. One of the most beautiful geotopes in Bavaria is the Osser, one of the thousand-meter peaks in the Bavarian Forest. It is a highlight on the Osser circuit on the Goldsteig trail and can be reached by beginners at Hohenbogen, Hohenwarth or Lam in a good 70 kilometers. Numerous huts and excellent signposting make this hiking experience a must for all nature lovers!

Our favorite tours

Active vacation

With its dreamlike location in the middle of the extensive forest areas, the ULRICHSHOF is the ideal starting point for excursions and family hikes in the Bavarian Forest.

One of the most beautiful hiking tours in the Bavarian Forest is the four-thousander tour over the Hohenbogen peaks Ahornriegel (1050 m), Schwarzriegel (1079 m), Eckstein (1073 m) and Bärenriegel (1017 m). The starting point of the approximately four-hour hike is the valley station of the Hohenbogen cable car. Only a few hundred meters from the Schönblick mountain hut, you reach the first thousand-meter peak, the Ahornriegel. It is only a short walk to the NATO towers on the Schwarzriegel, which are known as the border guards of the Cold War. In 2004, the facility was decommissioned. Past the Eckstein, the hiking trail leads to the Bärenriegel and then it goes back on the East Bavarian Way of St. James to the valley station of the Hohenbogenbahn. Tip: An alternative starting point is the circular hiking trail “Weg der Sinne” (“Path of the Senses”) with a start in the multi-generation park at the entrance to Rimbach.

The ULRICHSHOF and the Hohenbogen, which is only 10 km away, are perfect for a family winter vacation. You can expect 6 km of perfectly groomed ski slopes, 2 ski schools and restaurants at the mountain and valley station and directly at the ski slope. Cross-country skiers will also find an easily accessible starting point for challenging ridge trails at the excursion inn.

Boundless forest wilderness in Germany’s first national park: “Let nature be nature” is the philosophy. And indeed, nowhere between the Atlantic and the Urals are the forests with their moors, mountain streams and lakes allowed to develop over such a large area according to their very own laws into a unique wild forest landscape. The best way to explore this unique area is from the information center “Haus zur Wildnis” in Ludwigsthal. There, the meaning and background of the Bavarian Forest National Park is explained in an impressive way. Especially for children, the information is educational and exciting at the same time.

The picturesque Chambtal valley is crossed by the Chambtal cycle path. This starts in the district town of Cham and leads through the region “Further Senke”, which is steeped in history. On this tour you pass the towns of Arnschwang, Furth im Wald, Eschlkam and finally Neukirchen beim Heiligen Blut, where it is always worth stopping for the local sights.

For golf fans

The panorama golf course Furth im Wald in harmony with nature: Since 1986 there is the dreamlike facility in the dragon’s sting town. An 18-hole course with driving range as well as pitching and putting green with a magnificent view makes the golfer’s heart beat faster. As a member of the ULRICHSHOF, you will receive one free round of golf per day for one person (on request and subject to availability). Find out more at the Concierge Desk.

Jump into adventure

Nature and animal parks

We have selected the most popular excursions to parks in the surrounding area for you.

Greifvogelpark Grafenwiesen

The bird of prey park was built on an area of about 7500 m2 and currently includes 35 aviaries with additional facilities for falconry. The circular path leads directly along the river Regen, where you can even observe kingfishers, dippers and other bird species from time to time.
Arber Bavarian Forest

Our Großer Arber is especially attractive for families. Whether in winter with its numerous skiing as well as tobogganing offers for young and old or in the summer months with its diverse leisure activities for all ages the highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest can inspire every generation. At the adventure children’s playgrounds at the bottom station and at the top station, the little ones can explore exciting slides as well as varied play equipment and experience a variety of adventures. The biggest attraction is currently the longest slide in the Bavarian Forest with two steep curves, which is directly at the playground at the bottom station. The Großer Arbersee is only a few minutes away by car. The 1.5 km long circular path is barrier-free, so that families with children or strollers can also walk around the lake.
Bavarian Forest Zoo Lohberg

The Bavarian Forest Animal Park can be explored on an easily accessible circular route. Here you will find over 400 animals of the Bavarian-Bohemian border area with about 100 species in a natural environment. Immediately after the entrance area is the petting zoo. The 1.5 kilometer long circular path leads you past the Elk Lake, the raccoons, the eagle owls and reindeer to our wolves, at the highest point of the zoo. On the way back they will see the red deer, otters and beavers and get through a free flight aviary to the griffon vultures in the lower part of the zoo.
LBV Centre Nößwartling

In the historic old mill on the banks of the river Chamb, a historic mill wheel turns in the middle of an outdoor area of about 5 hectares, which leaves nothing to be desired by naturalists.

  • Germany-wide unique “Eisvogelsteig” through a river (equipped with audio guide, safety set and waders)
  • barrier-free boardwalk to explore the original floodplain landscape
  • environmental laboratory with microscopes
  • bee stand with insight into the inner life of a bee colony
  • Domestic animal pasture with donkeys, goats and sheep
  • Adventure playground and willow maze
  • Café (open on weekends) and LBV store
Quarry lake

Game enclosure: A special experience for young and old is the game enclosure, which has existed since 1970. You as a visitor are in the middle of the animals, because the fallow deer, the mouflon, the camaroon sheep and the pygmy goats can run around freely. You can pet and feed the animals.

Fish Farm: The centerpiece of the park is the fish hatchery. In the ponds outside there are mainly trout and carp, but also sturgeon and catfish. A feeding machine gives you the opportunity to feed the animals.

Forest and Animal Museum: In the Forest and Animal Museum you can find preparations of all native fur and feathered animals.
Wild Garden Furth im Wald

Experience in the wild garden surprising, curious, humorous, educational, adventurous. Roam through wilderness, look into trees and rocks, meet mystical creatures and figures and leave well-trodden paths. Dive under water, walk over suspension bridges, venture into the moor. 2 hours of nature enjoyment of a different kind in the wild garden for the whole family.
Straubing Zoo

The Straubing Zoo is currently home to over 2,000 individuals of around 200 species, mainly mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The adventure playground with giant slide invites children from the age of six to really let off steam. Right next to it is the “Lion Playground”, a varied playground for the little ones with a slide, climbing wall, sand chutes and seesaws.

Worlds of experience

We have selected the most popular adventure worlds in the vicinity for you.

Leisure centre Hohenbogen

The Berghaus directly at the chairlift mountain station of the leisure center Hohen-bogen is the ideal starting point for hikes on marked trails through a magnificent landscape with beautiful viewpoints.
Waldwipfelweg Sankt Englmar

Forest top path

Experience the forest habitat from a different perspective. Enjoy the Waldwipfelweg at a lofty height of up to 30 meters and barrier-free.
Dragon's Lair Furth im Wald

With the enormous dimensions of 5 meters high and 16 meters long, the Further Dragon is the largest walking robot in the world. During a tour of the dragon cave, you will find information about the history of dragons in Furth im Wald, about the festival as well as the technology of the four-legged walking robot: it has natural movements, sophisticated facial expressions and hurls meter-long bursts of fire from its maw. Hollywood specialists, space research and leading German robot manufacturers have brought the Further Dragon to life in a unique collaboration with local companies.

Dragon's Lair Furth im Wald
World of experience Flederwisch

In addition to gold panning and paper making in the summer, the Flederwisch also offers a giant steam engine and an arts and crafts market.
Rocky passages of Furth

The rock passages have been cut into the gneiss since the late Middle Ages and served, among other things, as beer cellars, hiding places, air raid shelters, winter quarters for bats and, of course, as a habitat for all kinds of ghosts and spirits.

Rocky passages Furth
Bayerwald Xperium

We create unforgettable moments and impressions by skillfully combining science with fun: Join us on an adventurous, amazing journey of discovery. Be creative and get to the bottom of the phenomena of natural sciences by experimenting with your own hands.
Tobiwelt Cham

On more than 1,500 square meters, play rats will find everything their hearts desire: slides, mazes, mazes, bridges and huge climbing and bouncy castles.
Wild Wake Park

With its lifts for wakeboarding and water skiing, Wild Wake Park is the perfect place for all water enthusiasts: beginners will succeed in their first start after a short time with the help of the experienced trainers. After a few minutes, beginners enjoy the feeling of gliding over the water. For advanced and experts, the fun doesn’t stop there: The large ‘obstacle park’ with funbox and slider is always a challenge even for professionals. Those who prefer to watch can enjoy themselves in the café or on the terrace. With coffee and cake or a small snack, you can enjoy the view over the dreamlike scenery of Lake Steinberg.

Experience history

We have selected the most popular excursions in the surrounding area where you can experience history.

Silver Mountain Bodenmais

During a guided tour in the Barbara gallery you will experience mining from another time. Through the Barbarastollen, which is more than 600 m long, the path leads you deep into the interior of the Silberberg to a huge cavity, the Großer Barbaraverhau. You will see impressive machinery and winding shafts in operation. Forest and adventure playgrounds directly at the mine or at the valley station are guaranteed to keep you from getting bored. Parents can enjoy a coffee or a Bavarian snack nearby in the Bergmanns Schänke or on the sun terrace with a panoramic view of Bodenmais.
Border museum Furth im Wald

The exhibition GRENZERFAHRUNGEN illustrates the various contemporary historical effects of the border on Bavaria and the Czech Republic and sheds light on the common past from the Hussite wars to the present day. The possibility to climb the Further town tower is considered a highlight in the region. High above the roofs of the town, it offers a fantastic view over the picturesque Hohenbogenwinkel and the surrounding mountains.
Crystal Museum Viechtach

Since 1977, the Crystal Museum has been an integral part of the picturesque town of Viechtach on the Great Pile. Precisely because of the large quartz ridge, the Pfahl, Viechtach is undoubtedly the right presentation site for this collection of crystals.
Distillery Meidinger

For more than 30 years now, we have been refining fruits into spiritual delights in Eschlkam. The pure mountain spring water of the Hohenbogenwinkel, the mixture of local fruits and fruits ripened under the sun of South Tyrol guarantee continuously a high quality of our products.
Woodcarving Heinrichmeyer

The Rimbach woodcarving Heinrichmeyer is a long-established family business. Carved figures of all kinds, figures to professions and hobbies, animal figures, root carvings, nativity scenes and much more.

Fun for the family

We have picked out the most popular excursions for family fun in the surrounding area for you.

Tobogganing & Leisure Paradise St. Englmar

Get in, blast off, have fun – that’s the motto at the Egidi-Buckel in Sankt Englmar! On the longest roller coaster in Bavaria, “da voglwuide Sepp” whizzes down and up the Egidi-Buckel – the ideal complement to tobogganing fun on the two summer toboggan runs “Bayerwald Coaster” and “Bayerwald-Bob”, which guarantee fun for the whole family! And in the large leisure adventure park (free admission!) with indoor games hall you can stay all day without a second of boredom.
Waffle factory Beier

Otto Beier Waffelfabrik GmbH is one of Germany’s largest and leading manufacturers of the finest wafers. With over 80 years of tradition, we produce wafers and bar specialties in outstanding quality for industry and trade. In addition to the Café Waffel, the building complex also houses the factory outlet with many delicacies.
Churpfalzpark Loifling

In Bavaria’s unique amusement park in the sea of flowers, almost 100 different attractions await the whole family. In addition to numerous rides, such as the Spinning Coaster, the Flying Dragon or the wild water ride, you will also find many exciting undertakings, such as Go Karts, and much more. Our Ferris wheel or the chain carousel are popular classics. Outstanding is our lovingly maintained flower park, which transforms the whole area into a magical world. The Churpfalzpark is great fun for the whole family and the perfect destination for day trips in the Bavarian Forest.
JOSKA Bodenmais

On 70,000 square meters, you can experience glass in all its diversity – from glass blowing in the glassworks to glass art for your own garden and meter-high giant flowers to world records around glass, exhibitions or a glass clinic. Let yourself be spoiled in the beer garden, in the Café Kristallino or in the experience restaurant or enjoy family time in the children’s land. Stroll through our crystal gardens and experience traditional glass craftsmanship.

Toy shops

We have selected the toy shops in the vicinity for you.

Spielkiste (Play box) Lam

The Spielkiste (Play box) is a small, traditional toy shop on the market square in Lam. Emmi, Guido and Katharina Kollross are passionate about helping you find the perfect toy for your child and the best present for a child’s birthday. In the Spielkiste you will find selected wooden toys for children and games for the whole family from mainly German manufacturers. You are welcome to get an overview in advance in our online shop. The Kollross family is looking forward to your visit.
Wooden toys Nemmer

The traditional company Nemmer Holzspielwaren is known for high-quality children’s toys. In the outlet you will find on 300 m2 a wide range of products from the current assortment, as well as remaining stock and products with small defects. All items can be purchased with significant price advantages.

Our favourite events


Here you will find all the important events – from traditional to modern.

Deep into the Middle Ages, into the time of the last crusades, this festival play takes you. Against the backdrop of the “Heretic Wars”, an ancient legend, as old as mankind, awakens: the dragon rises from the mists of the past and strikes a burning path of destruction through the land. Who can still stop the monster? With the enormous dimensions of 5 meters high and 16 meters long, the monster rolls into the dragon sting arena. The dragon “Tradinno” has natural movements and is the largest four-legged walking robot in the world. A unique sensation. Held annually in Furth im Wald in August.

Historical open-air play – the cultural highlight of Waldmünchen. Every year in July and August, the open-air play “Trenck der Pandur vor Waldmünchen” brings to life the history of the border town at the time of the War of the Austrian Succession.

The Whitsun Ride in Bad Kötzting is one of the largest mounted processions of supplication in Europe and dates back to a vow made in 1412. Under the solemn ringing of the church bells, citizens and farmers leave the city on festively decorated horses, praying and renewing the ancient vow. The procession on horseback is led by the cross bearer. He is followed by the lantern bearer, the fanfare player, the ecclesiastical officiator with the sacristan and the altar boys. Behind them rides the Pentecost bridegroom with the two bridal guides. Every year on Whit Monday, about 800 horsemen on decorated horses and in old traditional costumes ride out through the Zellertal to Steinbühl.

Adventure Worlds Bavarian Forest

Premium Experiences

However you want to spend your vacation, the Bavarian Forest has the perfect vacation experience for everyone! Enjoy the moment and immerse yourself in an extraordinary world of experiences.

JOSKA Glass Paradise Bodenmais

Welcome to the land of glassmakers: glass art, shopping and fun are offered by the unique JOSKA Crystal Worlds of Experience amidst the magnificent nature of the Bavarian Forest.

Arber mountain railroad

Summit of pleasure: The Great Arber is the highest mountain of the Bavarian-Bohemian mountain massif and is therefore also called the “King of the Bavarian Forest”.

Spieth & Wensky traditional costume and fashion

Bavarian tradition and regionality combined with creativity result in unique traditional costume products that not only reflect classic values, but also constantly set new accents.

Specialty Distillery & Whisky Distillery Liebl

Tradition, nature, time and the urge for something very special: According to this principle, top-class liquid diamonds have been created for many years at the Liebl specialty distillery in Bad Kötzting in the heart of the Bavarian Forest.

Guided tours of the distillery available on request.

Bad Kötzting casino

Stage. Bar. Restaurant. Casino – Full House in the Bad Kötzting casino. Gambling fun in many forms awaits you in the architecturally extraordinary building.

Bavarian Forest Tree Top Trail

Boundless views: Experience the Bavarian Forest from a different perspective on the treetop path.


This is the treetop of emotions: a walk in the peaks of the trees up to the lofty heights of the new 52m high forest tower (barrier-free). In addition, nature adventure path with play/climbing facilities and many animals, path of optical phenomena as well as forest guesthouse with huge indoor play landscape.

Elypso - leisure and adventure pool

Enjoy relaxation, fun, wellness and fitness all year round: With a 25 m pool, children’s area, outdoor pool and multi-pool with whitewater channel, the elypso bathing paradise is an experience for young and old.

Fashion house Garhammer

Fashion highlight: The Garhammer fashion house is a medium-sized family business with tradition and deep regional roots.

Pullman City Western Town

In the Pullman City adventure park, the “living Western town” in Eging am See, children and adults can experience the Lower Bavarian “Wild West” – with archery, gold panning, pony rides, live country music, line dancing and campfire romance.

Toboggan run St. Englmar

Leisure fun for the whole family guaranteed: With the longest roller coaster in Bavaria, summer toboggan runs and many other attractions.

Deco & Design by Waldbauer

Stylish decoration creates a feel-good atmosphere. With a fine hand for the appropriate details, the team of “Deko & Design by Waldbauer” sets expressive accents – for your home or also for your company. Experience our fascinating decoration exhibition in Büchlberg and discover the beauty of the Bavarian Forest in a very unique way!