The guided tours are always very popular with our guests. Together with our hiking guides experience the beauty of the Bavarian Forest.
Attractive places such as Geißkopf, Ilz valley, glassworks or Steinklamm are some of the goals that we want to visit with you. Of course, this includes a traditional, hearty snack.
It is a unique winter experience to wander on paths where no other has gone yet.
Snowshoeing-hiking / equipment
What do avid hikers do in winter? Especially if they do not want to ski? They can go the snow out of the way (not so easy in the snowy Bavarian Forest), use only groomed paths or fight through the countryside in knee- to waist-high snow. Or - try it with snowshoes! Snowshoes open up completely new perspectives for hikers.
What do you need for snowshoeing? - Basically the same equipment, which you need in all other hiking types in winter:
- Snowshoes + sticks
- Mountain or hiking boots, stable water-resistant winter boots with solid profile sole with inner shoes or fur lining
- Functional socks (avoid cotton!!!) possibly with wool or silk liners
- Telescope poles with snow basket
- Functional clothing, preferably after the "three-layer principle":
1st layer: functional underwear (avoid cotton!!!) for example, Löffler. 2nd layer: Functional shirt- and -pants (avoid cotton!!!) 3rd layer: windproof and breathable anorak or jacket, for longer trips also appropriate over pants
- Warm weather-proof gloves
- Headgear (cap, hat, hood, balaclava)
- Sunglasses, sunscreen
- Small backpack with drink (hot is better!), banana or other "energy bars", first aid kit, emergency blanket, flashlight
Tips for snowshoeing in the Bavarian Forest:
They say if you can walk, you can also snowshoeing. In principle this is correct. You don’t need special skills. Nevertheless, it is advisable to start with a guided tour.
Give yourself time to deal with the new. Learn to read the tracks in the snow and learn about nature and animals whose hunting ground you step on. Dodge protected areas and avoid noise and feeding spots. Stay if possible on marked trails. Animals (deer, birds, etc.) whose winter rest is disturbed lose some of their important winter reserves and are therefore exposed to an increased risk of death.
Prepare in any case a detailed map of your hiking area. In winter even familiar pathways look different than in summer. Have a compass or possibly altimeter with you. You would be not the first, who got lost on marked paths in winter.
Respect for nature, a sense of responsibility, self-estimation, and good tour planning increase the pleasure of snowshoeing and reduce the risk.
Go slow and go off the tracks! (Step aside, let the others go by and then get back to your track again.) You go in serpentine on steep slopes (up and down!).
Drink enough water! The winter air is dry. At least every 30 minutes you should take a break to drink. Do not wait until you get thirsty. If your tour takes long time, you should have an extra pack of clothing.
Please, hold in mind possible avalanche danger during any of your tours. In the Bavarian Forest, the risk is considerably lower than in the alpine area.
Go snowshoeing on the ground, where you feel safe, stay within the limits set by your physical abilities, take the tour which makes you fun.
I wish you many happy and relaxing snowshoeing!
Walter Weber: National Park forest guide - LL-ski instructor – Nordic Walking coach