Best national parks in Bavaria

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Explore the most popular national parks in Bavaria with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best national parks (2)
#1 - Berchtesgaden National Park
Bayern, Germany
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The Berchtesgaden National Park is located in the German Alps and is known for its incredibly beautiful landscapes. Many plant and animal species live here in forests, mountains, valleys and glaciers. Take a trip to the breathtaking lakes Hintersee and Königssee or enjoy the view with a refreshment at the summit of the Grünstein. You can get important information about flora and fauna in the national park center "Haus der Berge", which also surprises with its special architecture. The main information center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission is 4 p.m. There are also many other information points distributed throughout the national park. There are small exhibitions each, which deepen individual topics.Show more
#2 - Bavarian Forest National Park
Bayern, Germany
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The Bavarian Forest National Park extends along the Bavarian-Czech border between Bayerisch Eisenstein in the Regen district and Mauth in the Freyung-Grafenau district. On October 7, 1970, the large reserve was opened as the first national park in Germany. Together with the neighboring Šumava National Park in the Czech Republic, it forms the largest contiguous forest reserve in Central Europe. The motto “let nature be nature” applies to more than 24,000 hectares in the Bavarian Forest. According to this philosophy, the forests with their moors, mountain streams and peaks are allowed to develop into boundless forest wilderness according to their very own laws. This is how yesterday's economic forest becomes tomorrow's primeval forest. The result is a unique biodiversity. Rare animals such as lynx, otters, capercaillie or owl find a home again. There are also 16 species of beetles that are considered to be relics of the jungle and only occur in extremely natural forests. The particularly strong biodiversity is based, among other things, on the high proportion of dead wood, which is both the food base and habitat for hundreds of insects, fungi and birds. Natural processes of growth and decay in the forest ecosystem are permitted in the national park, in that dead trees or trees that have been toppled by wind remain in the natural environment. Thanks to around 350 kilometers of marked hiking trails, over 200 kilometers of marked bike paths and around 80 kilometers of groomed trails, the national park is wonderfully accessible for nature lovers. Circular hiking trails, which are marked by an animal symbol on a yellow background, always lead back to the starting point. Routes, marked by plant symbols on a white background, lead from A to B. There are also some long-distance hiking trails, for example the Goldsteig or the European long-distance hiking trail E6, with special symbols. Behavioral tips In the Bavarian Forest National Park you can experience largely untouched nature, relax and inform yourself. Please note - to protect nature, but also your person - the following information: -Always ensure that you have good equipment: sturdy shoes, drinks, a first aid kit, bad weather clothing and mobile phone, and don't forget your helmet on bike tours. This is for your own safety. -Please be aware of the dangers of falling trees and falling dead wood. The use of the trails is at your own risk. Please leave the forest in strong winds for your own protection. -Please stay on the marked paths. This serves to protect sensitive animal and plant species. - Cycling is only allowed on marked cycle paths in the national park. Mountain bike tours leading through the middle of the terrain or cycling on the hiking trails are strictly prohibited. - Spending the night in nature is prohibited in the national park. Please use the designated shelters and accommodations in the national park region for overnight stays. -Please don't leave any rubbish in the area! Dog waste bags or handkerchiefs have no place in nature either. Help keep our wild forest clean. Also observe the following rules: -Do not take anything with you. -Parking only in the signposted parking lots. -Fire only in designated places. -Do not let dogs run free. -Bathing not allowed. -Do not feed animals. - Don't worry animals. You can find more information on the homepage: https://www.nationalpark-bayerischer-wald.bayern.de/Show more