In October 1970, the first national park in Germany was founded in the Rachel-Lusen area.
Since then, nature around the two mountains Rachel and Lusen has been allowed to unfold and develop freely according to its very own laws and largely without human intervention. In 1997 the area was extended to include the Falkenstein, so that the entire national park now covers an area of almost 25,000 hectares. Together with the adjacent Sumava National Park on the Czech side, this now forms the largest contiguous forest area in Central Europe.
"Let nature be nature".
"Let nature be nature" is the motto of the national park. And indeed, the forest is developing into a fascinating forest wilderness with a wide variety of flora and fauna, impressive streams, moors, felts and shafts and mighty rock formations to delight every visitor.
Countless kilometres of well-signposted hiking trails, the Bavarian Forest treetop path, the two national park centres Lusen and Falkenstein with their respective animal enclosures, a varied programme of guided tours, as well as several themed and adventure trails - these are just a few of the wide range of activities on offer in the Bavarian Forest National Park, which make it an ideal destination for an unforgettable nature holiday, adventure holiday or family holiday in Bavaria.
Experience the natural forest regeneration in the Bavarian Forest National Park holiday region and witness how new, wild forests are created.
Übernachten in der Region
Behind our national park lies a moving story. For 50 years, something has been ventured here in the Inner Bavarian Forest that was - and still is - groundbreaking. For the first time in Germany, nature was allowed to simply be nature over a large area. And it is still allowed to do so today. The primeval forest of tomorrow is developing from yesterday's commercial forest. We have been able to observe these amazingly dynamic processes for five decades now. And so 50 years of the Bavarian Forest National Park represent a unique success story, which will of course be celebrated accordingly in the region. In addition to two major events with music, culture and culinary delights, as well as an extensive children's programme and numerous other highlights, there is therefore a lot on offer in our region in 2020. As a holiday region of the Bavarian National Park, we will of course accompany all the festivities of the anniversary year and also have one or two birthday surprises up our sleeves ourselves.
In this sense then: