Bavarian Forest
National Park

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Walking with snow shoes in the national park

Walking with snow shoes (Photo: NPV)

You can of course use all the signposted hiking trails in winter, as long as the weather conditions, your equipment and fitness allow it. The higher areas are though often scarcely accessible until well into spring. We request that you always respect nature’s resting period and that you do not leave the marked trails. Some hiking trails run through game protection areas that are closed in winter; in these cases diversions are signposted.

In lower areas there is also the possibility of going for a walk on cleared and pressed hiking trails, which are serviced by the villages and towns around the park. These winter hiking trails are signposted by numbers in yellow circles.

In the animal enclosures there are about 10km of hiking trails, which we clear and grit when needed. The chances of observing animals are much better in the winter due to the absence of cover. Many animals enjoy sunbathing during the first warming rays of sunshine when spring arrives.

In the winter months we offer guided snow shoe walks several times a week. This gives you the chance to get to know the winter secrets of the national park along lonely snow covered trails together with a national park forest guide.