Germany Trip Plan:
The Bavarian Forest, and the beautiful cities Regensburg and Passau

Germany trip plan: The Bavarian Forest, and the beautiful cities Regensburg and Passau
Bavarian Forest, GNU, author Kurt seebauer
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The Bavarian Forest is a wooded low-mountain region in Bavaria, extending along the Czech border and continuing on the Czech side called the Bohemian Forest. Popular in every season, the Bavarian Forest offers plenty of outdoor leisure activities. It is famous for glass production, beer brewing, the Forest Railway and beautiful historical cities to discover.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Munich Airport

Trip Plan Details:

The Bavarian Forest is a wooded low-mountain region in Bavaria, extending along the Czech border and continuing on the Czech side called the Bohemian Forest. Popular in every season, the Bavarian Forest offers plenty of outdoor leisure activities. It is famous for glass production, beer brewing, the Forest Railway and beautiful historical cities to discover.

The highest mountain of the Bavarian Forest is the Grosser Arber, or Great Arber, with an altitude of 1456 meters. During winter this mountain and the whole region is popular for all kind of winter sports since it is one of the most reliable areas for snow in Germany! The skiing season usually starts in late November and continues until Easter around the midst of April. Together with the adjoining Bohemian Forest, the Bavarian Forest makes up the largest area of protected nature in Europe and includes the largest wilderness area between the Atlantic and the Ural. The Bavarian Forest has a rich heritage of medieval history, small scale mining and castles, as well as a more modern history of glass production, beer brewing, railway system and the former Iron Curtain, which ran through the middle of the Bayerisch Eisenstein railway station.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $583 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $350 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $180 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1533 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $2266 / 7 days
 

Notes: Travelling is easy in the Bavarian Forest either by train or public busses. Simply purchase a Bavarian Card or a Bavarian Forest Card and reach all your destinations on any day of the week!

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
Bayerisch Eisenstein
[ source: Wikipedia]

Make yourself home in your perfect holiday apartment in Bayerisch Eisenstein, a small border town to the Czech Republic. Familiarize yourself with the surroundings, buy some groceries or start the first evening with a dinner in one of the restaurants and enjoy their typical Bavarian cuisine.


Day 2: Zwiesel

Day 2: Zwiesel
Zwiesel, CC, author Konrad Lackerbeck
[ source: Wikipedia]

Nearby lies the town of Zwiesel, a state-approved health resort since 1972. The two rivers grosser Regen und kleiner Regen, great and small Rain, confluence in Zwiesel and further on carries the name schwarzer Regen, black Rain. Zwiesel is renowned for its glass industry, Zwiesel AG, crystal factories in Theresienthal and the glass school. For this reason it is also called the Glass Town. Zwiesel is part of the 270 kilometer long touristy route with the name Glasstraße, glass-street, which stretches from the town Neustadt an der Waldnaab to the city Passau in the south. Visit the Glass Museum Theresienthal which holds a collection of glasses, manufactured between 1800 and 1930. The Forest Museum Zwiesel, a former girl's school of the Catholic Church, displays in 17 rooms around 8,000 exhibits from the fields of forest, wood, glass and home. Here you can also learn about animal and plant life of the Bavarian Forest which incudes brown bears and lynxes. A completely preserved town pharmacy inventory from the 1870's will give you a good idea about medicines in the old days! Beer brewing traditions can be found everywhere in Bavaria and Zwiesel is no exception. Visit the Steam Beer Museum, part of the 1st Dampfbierbrauerei Zwiesel which belongs to the Pfeffer family. The historical Erlebnisbraustätte operation provides you, besides typical Bavarian hospitality, with information about brewing history, tradition and modernity.


Day 3: Mountain Großer Arber

Day 3: Mountain Großer Arber
Great Arber mountain top, CC author Avarim
[ source: Wikipedia]

Spend a day in the great outdoors and enjoy beautiful views and lots of fun on the highest mountain in one of the largest ski areas in the Bavarian Forest. Cable cars and lifts bring you to the mountain top and the ski areas. Walk around, follow the trails and enjoy the fresh air, or choose your favorite winter sport. Downhill skiing, snow boarding, cross country skiing, tobogganing and snow shoe walking are very popular and if you like to learn one of those sports, a school is always nearby. Because of its perfect ski conditions, the mountain Arber has been taken up by the German Ski Federation as an integral part in the Alpine skiing World Cup calendar. Further winter attractions include walks on prepared winter paths, horse-drawn sleigh rides and torchlight tours.


Day 4: Regensburg

Day 4: Regensburg
Regensburg, old stone bridge, GNU, author Karsten Dörre
[ source: Wikipedia]

At the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers lies the city Regensburg. The city center has over 1,000 historical buildings; most of them built before the 1500 century and is therefore declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk around the city which is based on ancient Celtic and Roman settlements and don't miss the famous stone bridge! In Regensburg you also find great shopping opportunities and local delicacies.


Day 5: Trip on the Forest Railway from Bayerisch Eisenstein to Deggendorf

Day 5: Trip on the Forest Railway from Bayerisch Eisenstein to Deggendorf
Old locomotive at the train station Bayerisch Eisenstein, GNU, author Bene16
[ source: Wikipedia]

Bayerisch Eisenstein has a train station shared by Germany and the Czech Republic. It is a massive granite station with locomotive sheds, a turntable and a museum to explore railway history in the Bavarian Forest. Take a ride with the Forest Railway, which is a picturesque single track line passing through a charming landscape of wooded hills, tunnels, steep-sided valleys with mountain streams and rushing rivers! This is the oldest railway line in the Bavarian Forest and probably the best known. It was built in 1875 and completed in 1877. Before reaching the town Deggendorf the train rolls over the bridge of the Danube River. This area of the Danube was already inhabited about 8000 years ago and Henry II, a Holy Roman Emperor, established in 1002 his supremacy over the area. If you like to learn more about the history visit the Stadtmuseum, which keeps more then 10,000 exponents, including archaeological findings from the Stone Age to the early Middle Ages.


Day 6: Passau

Day 6: Passau
Old City Passau, GNU, Aconcagua
[ source: Wikipedia]

The beautiful city of Passau is also related to the confluence of rivers, this time the Inn and Ilz rivers flow into the Danube River. This fact gave Passau the name three rivers city. The historical old city is located on the point where the Inn joins the Danube and should be the starting point of your day exploring Passau. Don't miss the St. Stephen's cathedral with the world 2nd largest cathedral organ and the Bohemian Glass Museum. You will easily spend hours walking around between magnificent architectural jewels and maybe enjoy shopping; and if you feel tired and like to get a different view, embark on one of the many boats available for a relaxing trip on 3 rivers.


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
Bärwurz Schnaps
[ source: Wikipedia]

Time to get ready for your flight home! If you like to share a specialty with your loved ones why not get a real local Schnaps. It is called Bärwurz and is the most typical of the Bavarian Forest Schnaps. There are numerous other varieties made from roots, herbs and fruits, and before you make a decision you should taste them and maybe even visit a local museum to learn more about its origins.


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Bayerisch Eisenstein

Bayerisch Eisenstein
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Bayerisch Eisenstein is an all year holiday resort in the Bavarian Forest, bounded by the border with the Czech Republic, the Arber mountain and the Bavarian Forest National Park. The village is ideally situated for exploring both Bavaria and the Czech…  [ + ] More Details

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Passau

Passau
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Passau is a town in Lower Bavaria, Germany, known also as the Dreiflüssestadt (City of Three Rivers), because the Danube is joined there by the Inn from the South, and the Ilz coming out of the Bavarian Forest to the North.  [ + ] More Details

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Regensburg

Regensburg
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Regensburg, Bavaria, is located at the confluence of the Danube and Regen rivers, at the northernmost bend in the Danube. To the east lies the Bavarian Forest. Regensburg is the capital of the Bavarian administrative region Upper Palatinate. The large…  [ + ] More Details

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Zwiesel

Zwiesel
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Zwiesel is situated in the Bavarian Forest, lying south of Bodenmais and to the northwest of Grafenau. Großer Arber, the highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest, is located near Zweiselm, and hiking opportunities abound in this region. Zwiesel is often…  [ + ] More Details

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