Bavarian Forest
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"Nature for All"

Nature for All (Photo: Maria Hußlein)

Experience nature

As there are no guiding systems for blind or severely visually impaired people on national park trails, exploring nature is only possible with an accompanying person. However, practically all trails and facilities are useable - dependent on fitness - when accompanied.

In winter in the towns and villages of the national park there are cross country skiing trails of variable length and difficulty (cross country skiing centres in Zwieslerwaldhaus, Spiegelau, Mauth and Finsterau). They are on the edge of the national park, where cultural landscapes meet the wild nature of the forest.

For sporty wheelchair users, or those with an accompanying person or with electric power, many trails and cycle paths in the Rachel-Lusen area are useable, although there are a few exceptions. If the paths are not being affected by actions to treat bark beetle infestation (processing and transport of fallen wood), they are strengthened throughout and mostly have a water permeable surface. It should be noted however that cycles have priority on the cycle paths and that fast travelling cyclists can be expected, especially coming down the mountain. It is recommended that you have an accompanying person when taking a trip in the national park.

For up to date information about the condition of paths please enquire at the national park centres and information points (see contacts).

Zwieslerwaldhaus


Ant Path

Symbol Ant PathPoint of departure: Igelbus bus stop, Zwieslerwaldhaus car park

5 km long accessible circular path around the area. Partly on strengthened paths, partly on rough paths with narrow points and tree roots, passes the Mittelsteighütte area and its primeval forest.

Black Stork Path

Symbol Black Stork PathPoint of departure: Igelbus bus stop, Brechhäuselau car park

Part of the path runs from Zwieslerwaldhaus to Schwellhaüsl (tourist restaurant), steep gradient and big climb at the beginning of the route, thereafter a more straightforward course, water permeable surface, passes Hans-Watzlik-Hain (return along the Schwellgraben only partially suitable, as it is a rough path with narrow points and tree roots).

Cycle Path 2

Symbol Cycle PathPoint of departure: Igelbus bus stop, Deffernik car park.

Part of the path runs from the Deffernik car park to Schwellhäusl (tourist restaurant) along the Deffernik and the Schmalzbach, level along its whole length, water permeable surface. Total length (there and back) is 8 km approx.

Lindberg


Wild Animal Path

Symbol Wild Animal PathPoint of departure: Waldbahn train station and Ludwigsthal car park.

Circular path to Haus zur Wildnis with opportunities to visit the Stone Age cave (although inside it is dark, with uneven surfaces and narrow points) and to see the animal enclosures with aurochs, wild horses, lynx and wolves.

Some steep inclines, water permeable surface, views in the enclosures mostly clear (although wooden balustrades in places), viewing points can be reached by ramps or are at ground level (exception: viewing tower).

Fully accessible WC at the car park and the Haus zur Wildnis.
Guided tours available to the Stone Age cave if requested in advance

Bohemian Way (Böhmweg)

Symbol BöhmwegPoint of departure: Igelbus bus stop Zwieselerwaldhaus, junction of the Wilderness Camp and the Zwieslerwaldhaus car park.

From Zwieslerwaldhaus to the Ferdinandsthal border crossing, mostly water permeable surface, though with new rough surfacing in places, lots of ups and downs. Total length (there and back) 7 km approx, height difference of 100 metres.

Trout Path

Symbol Trout PathOption 1 - Point of departure: Igelbus bus stop and Spiegelhütte car park. Path to Scheuereck (tourist restaurant and new deer enclosure) and back. Total length (there and back) is 3 km approx.

Option 2 – Go beyond the restaurant in Scheuereck and follow the trout path over the Bauhütten bridge until the Igelbus bus stop and car park at Weiße Brücke. Total length (easy trail) is 4.6 km approx.

Neuschönau


Animal Park - Enclosure Trail

Symbol Enclosure TrailPoint of departure: Igelbus bus stop, car park P1 (with fully accessible WC) at the Lusen national park centre.

7 km long accessible path to the animal enclosures. Occasional inclines of up to 10%, water permeable surface.

Enclosure fencing offers mostly clear views but has wire mesh; some wooden balustrades (up to 1.2 metres high), some viewing points only reachable by steps.

Fully accessible toilets along the route.
It is possible to use other points of departure and other paths.

Plant and Rock Garden – Plant Enclosure Trail

Symbol Plant Enclosure TrailPoint of departure: Igelbus bus stop, car park P1 (with fully accessible WC) at the Lusen national park centre.

1km long accessible circular path through the plant enclosure with a taste and smell wall (some 30 different plants available to touch, smell and in some cases taste, writing in 3cm large letters engraved on wooden panels as well as in Braille) and the rock garden, water permeable surface, with occasional transverse wooden channels for drainage purposes.

Fully accessible WC in the Hans Eisenmann House.

Spiegelau


Forest playground – Peacock Butterfly Path

Symbol Peacock Butterfly PathPoint of departure: Hüttenberg car park and Forest Playground car park

2 km long accessible circular path with play and nature experience areas, swings, nature sounds, sensory ‘bare foot and touch’ path, forest meadow and barbecue area.

Water permeable surface and rough path, with narrow points and tree roots in places; difference of 50 metres between highest and lowest points.

Hare Path

Symbol Rundweg FeldhasePoint of departure: Park and Ride / Igelbus bus stop Spiegelau

6 km long accessible circular path via the Fatima chapel, Klingenbrunn and back to Spiegelau passing the campsite.

Water permeable surface; difference of 90m between highest and lowest points

Seelensteig (Soul trail)

Symbol Soul TrailPoint of departure: Igelbus bus stop Seelensteig

1.3km long boardwalk, with handrails only in places. To demonstrate that the undisturbed natural dynamic of the forest has priority here, steps and bridges are used to overcome obstacles.

Differing views of and insights into the forest, which can also be grasped with ears and hands. The rushing of mountain brooks, exposed roots and toppled trees close at hand, varied birdsong, varying leaf rustle and much more.

Mauth-Finsterau


Reschbachstraße

Symbol Cycle PathPoint of departure: Igelbus bus stop / Park and Ride Mauth or Jägerstraßl car park.

8 km long accessible route on the National Park Cycle Path along the Reschbach to the Finsterau Open Air Museum, from where it is possible to take the bus back to the Park and Ride in Mauth.

Asphalt path; difference of 160m between highest and lowest points.

Reschbachklause

Symbol Cycle PathPoint of departure: Igelbus bus stop / Schwellgraben car park (200 metre long climb with 25 metre height difference from here) or Muckenloch car park.

1.2km long accessible route on a cycle path to the Reschbachklause.

Water permeable surface; difference of 40m between highest and lowest points.