being active outdoors
East Bavaria is the ideal place to go walking, with its mountains rich in forests and charming landscapes.
Thus, it is hardly surprising that Germany´s longest, certified hiking trail, the "Goldsteig", spans over 660 km through the Bavarian Forest and the Upper Palatinate Forest. Every year, the world-renowned ´Goldsteig Ultra Race´ takes place. Participants from all over the world attempt to cover all 660 km in as short a time as possible. The Ultra Race, which takes place once every year, is one of the world´s longest non-stop races. Top athletes require around 145 hours to run the 660 km course.
An El Dorado for skiers is the Great Arber (Großer Arber), which has an almost alpine character with its 10 km of ski slopes and gondola lifts. Several ski schools offer skiing courses. It is possible to ski down the Geißkopf mountain in winter, and in summer the mountain is famous for its mountain bike runs. There are also canoeing courses on the East Bavarian rivers.
The Iron Curtain Trail runs along the Bavarian-Bohemian border; with a total length of 9,500 km, the international cycle path starts in the very far north of Europe in Norway and passes through over 20 countries, finishing at the Black Sea.
The Paneurope Cycle Route, which links Paris, Nuremburg and Prague, also passes through East Bavaria for approximately 130 km.
Walking, cycling, mountain biking, skiing, canoeing … every sports enthusiast and outdoor lover will get their money´s worth in East Bavaria!