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Things to do in Bavaria
Visit the Feng-Shui Park at Lalling. Or the Silberberg Clinic at Bodenmais, including cave therapy in part of the old mine (carfree by train via Zwiesel to Bodenmais then Bimmelbahn). Kneipp Therapy is popular in many places here. Apart from local relaxation and massage services, there is a medical massage service in the village and also meditation and movement classes.
Main churches have Asam architecture. The Hundertwasser tower at Abensberg.
Bavaria and Bohemia share a love of beer. On the German side of the border, there are breweries in most towns and some villages. Many different varieties to try. The breweries in Zwiesel and Teisnach have regular tours. In the Czech Republic, few local breweries are left in the area but 2 of the most famous Czech breweries are within reach - Plzen (carfree by train), the home of Pilsener beer and Ceske Budejovice, home of the original Budweiser beer (not to be confused with the American version) actually called Budvar. Both breweries have tours and shops
Cars & BikesThe village of Kollnburg has a private Motorbike museum and Niederalteich has the private Gerhard Neumann museum. BMW factories can be visited.
Czech Republic has the largest concentration of (unruined) castles in Europe. We recommend the nearest and best. In Bavaria, there is the ruined Weissenstein castle at Regen (carfree by train) and Schloss Egg near Deggendorf. There is also the castle at Passau (carfree by train) and the Thurn & Taxis chateau at Regensburg (carfree by train).
Bavaria and Bohemia also share a strong history of glassmaking. View the history at the Glass Museum in Frauenau (carfree by train). Visit glass shops along the Glasstrasse, especially Joska in Bodenmais (carfree by train), the Theresienthal complex and former Schott factory in Zwiesel (carfree by train) and extensive shopping complexes at Spiegelau (carfree by train) and Arnbruck. And the museum in Passau.
Visit a Celtic village, view Roman remains at Passau and Regensburg and visit the various museums along the Danube - the northern boundary of the Roman Empire in this region. Near Regensburg is the monument built by King Ludwig 1 to the successful defeat of Napoleon (carfree by train and boat). There was very little fighting in this area in the 2nd world war so there are few battlefields to visit. However, there are 3 interesting features to this area: the 'iron curtain' stretched across the middle of the railway station in the village, the mainly ethnic German Sudetenland which Hitler annexed after the Munich agreement was just across the border in the Czech Republic and when this area was liberated by the Americans in 1945, they actually progressed as far as Plzen in the Czech Republic before withdrawing behind the German border - there is a monument to the 'liberation' by the Americans in Plzen, as well as a General Patton mueseum and a liberation festival there in early May each year (carfree by train). Berchtesgaden, with its various Hitler relics, is 3 hours drive from here. The Flossenbuerg concentration camp site, one of the most important, is 2 hours drive from here.
The Bavarian Forest National Park was the 1st National Park in Germany and covers a large area from Bayerisch Eisenstein along the Czech border to the South. The policy of the National Park is to 'let nature be nature'. In the core of the National Park, nature is allowed to take its course, which means that the Borkenkaefer (bark beetle) is allowed free access to the trees.. The effect of this can be seen on the Rachel and Lusen mountains - to the left if you take the road to Frauenau and Spiegelau. If you get closer, you can see that the forest is already starting to regenerate itself. Around that core area is the area where strenuous efforts are made to control the Borkenkaefer in order to prevent it from destroying the whole forest and migrating to privately owned land around. There are National Park information points at Ludwigsthal and Neuschoenau. Also at Ludwigsthal (carfree by train) are animal enclosures with wild horses, an ancient breed of cattle, wolves and lynx. There are wildlife parks at Lohberg and Neuschoenau (carfree by train). On the Czech side of the border is the Bohemian Forest - the Sumava National Park.
Baerwurz is the most typical of the Bavarian Forest schnaps but there are numerous other varieties produced from roots, herbs and fruit. There are numerous producers and museums to visit.
Visit the sheep farm at Rinchnach.
Visit the Pullman City Wild West Ranch.
Bavarian Forest Holidays
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Skiing on the Arber
Arriving by train from the UK
Baby bear in the Bavarian Forest National Park
Bavarian Forest mountains
Martin with the first Sengzelten
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