It's no surprise that the Bavarian Forest is the oldest national park in Germany, as it falls within one of the largest forest settings in Central Europe, with a well protected and preserved natural landscape having evolved. The national park is also home to many species of flora and fauna. We'll leave it up to you to decide whether you think the old saying 'Age before beauty' applies here, but we will say that you'll find both in spades in the Bavarian Forest.
The Bavarian Forest is located along the border with the Czech Republic. If you're interested in finding out about the Bavarian Forest, its animal residents and its plant life from a unique perspective once you arrive, you'll need to head to the 1.3-kilometre-long treetop trail, which winds between beech, fir and spruce trees at a height of over 25 metres. It's an exciting adventure for the whole family and is largely accessible. There's a wildlife centre just a stone's throw away, where you can look at native wild animals, see for yourself how they live and find out how they are protected. Numerous events and activities offer an even deeper insight into the Bavarian Forest National and Nature Park – all in keeping with the trend towards woodland retreats.
Enjoy a stress-free journey to the Bavarian Forest by taking a train travelling via Regensburg, Plattling or Passau.
You can find the best train route here or on the DB Navigator app.
Top tip: Make sure you enter your exact starting and finishing points in when searching for a route.
For example: Stephensonstrasse 1, Frankfurt am Main to Othmar-Weis-Strasse 1, 82487 Oberammergau .
You can also find international super saver fares on the Deutsche Bahn website.
Travel for free in the local area with the GUTi visitor card
If you receive a GUTi visitor card when you arrive at your accommodation, you'll be able to use all of the bus and train lines in the Bavarian Forest and the local area for free. You won't need to think twice about using a car on holiday, as your journeys to the main attractions and walking areas in the Bavarian Forest are easy to do on public transport.
You can find out more about getting around the local area for free online.
Black Forest National Park and
The two nature parks in the Black Forest promise unforgettable experiences surrounded by nature and a stunning cultural landscape. The national park is a little bit on the wilder side, with perfectly intact habitats that provide undisrupted homes for native flora and fauna.
Thuringian Forest Biosphere Reserve and
The oldest and best-known hiking trail in Germany, the Rennsteig, covers almost 170 km through the region in the centre of Germany, linking the Thuringian Forest Nature Parks and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It sure does pay to be well connected!