The Bavarian Forest lies on the border between Bavaria and the Czech Republic and, with a length of around 100 kilometers, is geologically and geomorphologically part of the Bohemian Forest, but has had its own name since around 1830. With its altitude of 300 to over 1400 m, the forest offers a wide range of landscapes and climates. It is quite possible to find a few meters of snow at higher altitudes, while several small wine-growing areas can be found on the southern slopes of the towns of Tegernheim, Donaustauf, Wörth and Wiesent in the east of Regensburg. Due to the special location between Central European and continental climate, the weather here can sometimes be very changeable.
In 1970 the Bavarian Forest National Park was established along the Czech border. It was the first national park to be founded in Germany and, with its around 25,000 hectares, is considered to be the largest contiguous forest protection area in Central Europe together with the neighboring Sumava National Park in the Bohemian Forest. These two forests are also known as the "green roof of Europe".
Großer Arber (Big Arber)
The three-river city of Passau is located in the "southern Bavarian Forest" region. With almost 53,000 inhabitants, it is the largest city in the Bavarian Forest. The Danube, Inn and Ilz flow together here, which made the town an important stop on the trade route between Bohemia and the Danube in the Middle Ages. At that time, the so-called golden path had to be used to traverse the Bohemian Forest and the Bavarian Forest on foot and with beasts of burden in order to bring goods to the Danube and thus into the world. Today you can follow in the footsteps of these so-called mules and their mules. Here you can explore a wide variety of climbs that have been converted into hiking trails. Between Grafenau and Waldhäuser, for example, you can hike along the "Gulden Strasse", i.e. the golden path.
Thanks to its exceptional geology and location, the "Bavarian Forest" nature park and its surroundings offer a wide range of leisure activities and experiences.
With its picturesque mountains such as the Großer Arber or the Lusen and the high density of hiking trails, the region is ideal for hikers and nature lovers. There is a large selection of tours in all levels of difficulty from hikers newbies to mountain professionals.
And in Winter you can also ski wonderfully here. The most popular ski areas in the "Bavarian Forest" region include the Proeller, the Geißkopf and the Arber.
Visits to the many idyllic farms that can be found throughout the region and many of which are happy to open their doors to interested visitors are very popular with families, especially when on vacation in the Bavarian Forest.
Also worth a visit are the traditional glassworks that can be found in the "Bavarian Forest" region. Here you can get an insight into the old art of glassblowing. You can learn a lot about their history and watch the master glassblowers at work. In some huts you can even try your hand at glassblowing.