With winter sports I can do nothing, but really nothing at all. I still remember darkly, when I learned over 20 years ago to my then boyfriend to love the skiing. Somehow he and his clique were on skis for the whole winter. Clearly, I wanted to belong to it. But as soon as the relationship with the harti was over, the boards were hanging on the famous nail again. Nevertheless, I have been enthusiastic about snowshoeing for a few years now. In the bavarian forest, mr. Wallygusto and I find optimal conditions for our favorite winter sport.
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Snowshoeing in the bavarian forest
If it snows properly, the snow cover in the bavarian forest national park can be more than a meter thick. The nature presents itself then especially wild, primeval and quietly. Nevertheless, the complete, 350 kilometer long hiking trail network is at your disposal. Since only a small part of the routes is cleared or rolled, snowshoes are the number 1 means of transport when there is a lot of snow. With them on your feet you can explore the inner areas of the national park even in winter. The nice thing about it: on neither of our two long tours do we meet too many people. Often the crunch of our snowshoes is the only sound we hear on our way through the snowy winter wonderland.
Our tours at a glance
The schachtenbach round is beautiful, but quite unspectacular. But that doesn't bother us, because we haven't been snowshoeing for a long time, so this tour is meant to warm us up. At the end it becomes a little adventurous, because the short ascent to the hennenkobel is very slippery. Fortunately we have our grodel with us, which facilitate us the last piece to the summit luck.
On the second day we go to the kleiner arber, the highest mountain of the upper palatinate! Actually, the small arber is a 2-country summit, because the border between lower bavaria and the upper palatinate (district of regen, district of cham), runs directly at the summit (1.384 m). The tour is long, but not very demanding. Only the last piece shortly under the summit cross demands a lot from the tired legs again. But before the cheese sandwich the good lord has put the ascent, there is no way around it. The way back leads us through a wooded gorge, past the wildly romantic riesloch falls.
Much less arduous, almost a walk, is the tour to bodenmais' local mountain. From below the silberberg valley station we climb steadily up to the schonebene and then to the silberberg. At the 955 meter high summit not only crowds of other hikers are waiting for us but also a great panoramic view over bodenmais and the zellertal, into the brandtner valley as well as far into the national park and to the kronberg and harlachberg mountains. Thanks to the good trail conditions we don't need snowshoes and only pull the grodel over our mountain boots for particularly slippery spots. After a short rest we walk through the snowy winter forest back to the parking lot.
As on our last visit to the bavarian forest, we set up our base camp in bodenmais at. The climatic health resort under the silver mountain is optimal for this, because many hikes start here quasi directly in front of the hotel. In addition, there are quite a few shopping opportunities and some inns, which are all very easy to reach on foot. One can leave the car confidently on the hotel parking lot.
The reception at the hotel wilderer stuben is very friendly and professional, the vaccination certificate is checked meticulously. Our room and the corresponding bathroom are quite small, but very clean. The breakfast buffet convinces with its large selection, also vegetarians are considered. You can choose from fresh cheese, cheese, some cereals, egg salad, fresh fruit and bakery products. As so often, the coffee unfortunately can not convince us.
In the associated restaurant in the alpine style we eat on our first evening kasespatzle, which also do not inspire us. At least the portions are very generous, so we can go to sleep well satiated.
Food & drink
In the parish center of bodenmais mr. Wallygusto and I discover the cozy cafe don camillo. The cake showcase is well filled and tempts us with coffee vanilla cake and wine foam cake. The pieces are very large and also in terms of taste no wishes remain open. So just the right thing to refill your energy storage after a long snowshoe hike.
And again we are attracted by the adam brau with its own brewery and the cozy restaurant. Fortunately, the beer pasta with olives, arugula, garlic, peperoncini, sundried tomatoes and parmesan shavings are still on the extensive menu. I leave this however gladly mr. Wallygusto, because for me there is knodlgrostl. The portions are still huge, the extra side salad is not really needed. A nut brandy and a snow white with hot egg liqueur and cream are definitely needed for digestion