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No end in sight: The Bavarian Forest National Park spreads all the way to the Czech border, covering an area of almost 25,000 hectares. It's clear that in such a primeval forest, not only rare plants but also hiking myths flourish.

First, a few questions: What longings do people associate with the forest? And what fears? At the Lusen National Park Center, a permanent exhibition entitled "Paths to Nature - A History of Forests and People" introduces visitors to the secrets of the Bavarian Forest National Park in a way that is as theoretical as it is exciting. And in doing so, it awakens the greatest desire to then actively engage oneself with the many opportunities that the Bavarian Forest offers its visitors.

First of all, of course, on the excellently developed hiking network. It is around 350 kilometers long and is divided into circular trails, long-distance trails and long-distance hiking trails - all perfectly marked and so clearly characterized that no one has to leave their personal comfort zone unintentionally. Our recommendation: the special nature experience trail in the forest play area near Spiegelau, where a barefoot trail, bird watching and making music with natural materials are part of the program. Experience nature in a playful way - an offer that is especially aimed at families. In addition to the hiking trails, the national park also has a 200-kilometer network of biking trails and, more recently, a modern digital scavenger hunt for the whole family: geocaching, the treasure hunt via GPS.

Here we have a proposal for a perfect weekend in the Bavarian Forest!

Mobile on site even without a car with GUTi

This award obliges: The Bavarian Forest National Park has already received the Destination Nature Award several times for environmentally friendly mobility and sustainable tourism. The reason: The Guest Service Environmental Ticket - GUTi for short - with which you can enjoy free travel on buses and forest trains in 25 communities in the Bavarian Forest. You can get the ticket from your respective hostel, free of charge of course. More info: click here.

By the way, you can find tips on how to travel comfortably and inexpensively on long-distance and local trains with Deutsche Bahn here.

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