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
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.
Also available as book
Stroller & Carrycot Tours
On countless paths through the forest or up to the peaks of the Bavarian Forest – that this is possible even with the smallest ones is impressively shown by the author Annalena Schmid in her book “Kinderwagen- & Tragetouren”. To write a hiking book for the needs of families, the author explored the Bavarian Forest in the districts of Cham, Regen, Freyung-Grafenau, Passau, Deggendorf and Straubing-Bogen. The most suitable 55 hikes made it into the book and offer varied hiking tips. Short sparse walks to simply stretch your legs, half-day tours and day tours, but also hikes for the first mountain experiences – there is something for everyone.
Nature and animal parks
We have selected the most popular excursions to parks in the surrounding area for you.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have selected the most popular excursions in the surrounding area where you can experience history.
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.
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.
Fun for the family
We have picked out the most popular excursions for family fun in the surrounding area for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have selected the toy shops in the vicinity for you.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!