September 29, 2020

Bavarian Forest

Another short hiking vacation: this time in the Bavarian Forest, where I have not been before. We spent four days in the world-famous metropolis of Lam, which consists almost exclusively of hotels, guesthouses, inns, etc. The whole area seems to have not much industry and infrastructure except tourism. Also, the towns are all rather small and not very interesting. By far the largest city in the region is Deggendorf, which is not a destination of longing, as I know it from many, many, many business trips.

The Bavarian Forest is a low mountain range which - as the name suggests - is extremely forested. To be honest: it is almost a bit too much forest. During the hikes one usually climbs for hours through dense spruce or beech forest, walks rather short time above the tree line, and then descends again for hours through the forest. On top of the mountains, where you have a beautiful view, hiking is fun, but walking for hours in the forest is a bit annoying after a while.

In the area around Lam you can find some mountains that are higher than 1000m: e.g. the Arber and the Osser. You should climb both peaks, because the view from up there is really good. The Arber is also easily accessible by cable car, so there are crowds of pensioners or families with small children. Lastly, there is a striking rock formation called Rauchröhren, which you should also hike to.

Another hike that is quite popular in the area is the hike through “Bavarian Canada”. Bavarian Canada is an area through which the Schwarze Regen, a river with dark, boggy water, flows. Since this area seems to remind optically of Canada, it was called - touristically effectively - Bavarian Canada. One can walk for miles along the river and then take the Waldbahn back, which runs directly along the river. I would not recommend this hike to anyone. What sounds good on paper is an almost 20km long, rather boring walk. You also do not have much contact with the river, because the path often runs quite far from it. You actually see more river from the train than on foot.

My personal opinion: it is not worth driving from the Munich area (where I live) to the Bavarian Forest. The Chiemgau Alps, Karwendel, Mangefall mountains, etc. are more worthwhile destinations and much closer. However, there is nothing wrong with the Bavarian Forest. I personally prefer a bit higher mountains where you have the chance to hike above the tree line.

For whatever reason, I recently started to create videos. Here’s a - let’s call it - public - cut with some more or less random and royalty-free music from YouTube:

Hike to the “Große Arber”

The “Kleiner Arbersee”. Super nice, but overrun by pensioners.

On the top of the Arber.

Hiking to the “Rauchröhren”

That is close to the top of the Rauchröhren.

Hike to the Osser

Hiking Bavarian Canada

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