Winter magic in the Bavarian Forest
Winter and snowshoeing hikes
When forests and meadows lie under a deep blanket of snow, we simply have to go outside – either with winter hiking shoes or with snowshoes. We’ll introduce you to our favourite winter hikes here:
At 1,456m, this mountain is also known as the king of the Bavarian Forest. It not only impresses with its World Cup ski area, but it’s also a popular destination for winter hikers and snowshoe lovers, as the cable car takes you comfortably to the summit. An absolute highlight are the so-called “Arbermandl” (Arber men), created by snow drifts on the Grosse Arber mountain.
Deer park in Scheuereck
Experience the winter landscape of the Bavarian Forest and its inhabitants up close: You can walk for a total of 7km through romantic valleys to reach the deer park in Scheuereck, where you can admire the wild animals from various platforms – fun for the whole family.
König Max Höhe
This winter hike is especially suitable for families. It’s 6km long and leads from the Tourist Office in Kellberg, along the promenade to Kapfham, and on to the König Max Höhe viewpoint. Here, you can enjoy an incredible panorama of the Bavarian Forest and Passau.
Ski and snowboard fun
Passionate skiers, snowboarder, and cross-country skiers will also appreciate the Bavarian Forest. How about a cross-country skiing tour on Cham’s hut trail, for example? It’s 16 kilometres long in total and leads from the Bodenmais-Bretterschachten cross-country skiing centre to the Kleine Arber and back. The trail is divided into different sections for various levels of difficulty. But also the Gibacht Cerchov Voithenberg cross-country ski area, Lohberg-Scheiben cross-country skiing centre, or Zwiesel cross-country skiing centre make every skier’s heart beat faster. Besides that, three ski areas await in the Bavarian Forest:
- The Geisskopf ski area in Deggendorf with 10 lifts offers 7.3km of skiing fun.
- The Grosse Arber ski area, in the middle of the Bavarian Forest natural park, has five lifts and nine kilometres of slopes.
- The Silberberg ski area in Bodenmais offers three lifts and two kilometres of slopes.
Tobogganing and ice-skating
Do you want to refine your axels and pirouettes during your winter holiday in Cham? Take out your skates from the attic and visit Lake Blaibacher in Bad Kötzting! In winter, when the ice is thick enough, it becomes a beloved spot for ice-skaters, hikers, and curlers. Lake Perl in Waldmünchen is another great place to enjoy ice-skating. If you love speed, we recommend that you try out a fun tobogganing run with the whole family on Geisskopf in Bischofsmais. One of the longest natural tobogganing runs in Germany awaits you with its 2km. You can rent your toboggan at the valley station!