Facilities in the National Park



Hans-Eisenmann-Haus, Neuschönau

At Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterHans-Eisenmann-Haus near Neuschönau you will get an impression of the concept, philosophy and functions of the National Park. More information is provided in exhibitions, slide shows and an extensive library.


Animal Enclosures Neuschönau

A walk through the 200 hectare Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterAnimal Enclosure area is a great experience at any time of year. 45 indigenous animal species, including wolves, lynx and bears, their way of life and ecological importance, can be seen.

The full tour is 7 km long and it takes about 3-4 hours to get round, including watching the animals. There are 2 opportunities for shortening the tour, to 3 km and approx. 1.5 hours. The tour is well signposted and suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

The animal enclosures can be visited at any time of year, free of charge, even in winter, when the paths are cleared and gritted.


Haus zur Wildnis, Lindberg/Ludwigsthal

When the Bavarian Forest National Park was extended in 1997, an information centre - „Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterHaus zur Wildnis“  - with animal enclosures was planned for the Zwiesel area, and opened in August 2006. As well as the information centre Hans-Eisenmann-Haus in Neuschönau, the „Haus zur Wildnis“ also provides guests with information on the Bavarian Forest and Sumava National Parks, as well as the surrounding region on both sides of the national border. The most important topic is the exciting wilderness.


Animal Enclosures 2 in Lindberg/Ludwigsthal

The animal enclosures at the information centre in Ludwigsthal expand on the concept of the animal enclosures in Neuschönau/ Altschönau. They present the major herbivores who lived in the region.

Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterAnimal Enclosures II HzW


Stone Age Caves with Permanent Exhibition

What was it like, when our forefathers could still come face-to-face with one of these ancient animals in the Bavarian Forest? The animal enclosures in Ludwigsthal address this exciting question. Ancient oxen, bison, wild horses – imposing hoofed animals, which were indigenous here during the ice age, can be viewed from the path. It leads to a dark stone cave, where impressive reconstructed cave paintings of wild animals sketched from close quarters can be viewed: pictures of running herds of cattle and wild horses on dimly lit walls of rock show that these ‚old masters’ had amazing powers of observation and a special relationship to the animal world of the period.

Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterStone Age Caves


Wanderpark, Bayerisch Eisenstein

The Wanderpark in Bayerisch Eisenstein is primarily a place where visitors from the North West tourist area around the Arber or from the Czech Republic can find information about various walks in the National Park and around Bayerisch Eisenstein. It is also an attractive facility for local residents to help integrate the National Park into the region.

Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterWanderpark


Forest Playground, Spiegelau

In the Plant and Rock Display Area, visitors can see the typical plant and rock types of the Bavarian Forest, adding to the information provided by the National Park.

The plant displays (Flyer can be downloaded 3.9 MB) around "Hans-Eisenmann-Haus" are an important extension of the natural history information provided in the information centre.
More than 600 plant species typical of the Bavarian Forest are displayed over more than 3 hectares of land. The species are displayed in their typical habitats such as high moors, forest communities, meadows, ponds, pools or juniper heaths.

Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterPlant Display Area

In the middle of the rock display (Flyer can be downloaded 1.4 MB) there is a pavilion, which shows among other things the story of the origins of the earth and its rocks, the rock types of the National Park, the disintegration and weathering of the rocks and the forest floor of the National Park. The typical rocks of the Bavarian Forest are displayed around the pavilion.

Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterGesteins-Freigelände




Rock Walking Area, Hohenau

Ancient forests, untouched by human activity even before the advent of the National Park, dominate the Rock Walking Area. Mighty rock formations contribute to the unspoilt character of the area. A picturesque rocky path with natural stone steps and completes one of the most impressive circular walks.

Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen FensterRock Walking Area


Historical Forest Walking Area, Mauth-Finsterau

Experience Nature & History  
The area on both sides of the Finsterau/Buchwald border crossing is unique and very informative. Various circular walks use display boards to tell the story of the origin and history of this stretch of land. The idea for this cross-border project arose in 1991 after the founding of the Bohemian Forest National Park (Národni Park Sumava) and after the opening of the border crossing Buchwald/Bucina for cyclists and pedestrians. There was already an ancient trading route from Bavaria to Bohemia in this area, which was used as a line of communication until after the second world war. In a small area, there is an unusually large amount of evidence of earlier forest activity, such as floating the tree trunks down streams and remains of the former forest railway.