The Beautiful Bavarian Forest
Bavarian Forest National Park is one of the largest areas of protected forest in central Europe. Located in the southeast region of Germany, and bordering on the Czech Republic, this is an area where nature rules, not man. It is a mere remnant of the vast Hercynian Forest that occupied southern Germania during Roman times. Every summer, thousands of visitors flock to view the beauty, hike the many trails and mountains, and witness the wonders of nature. While summer is the most popular time for visitors, many return there during the winter to view nature in it's harshest form.
Bavarian Forest National Park was Germany's first dedicated park, established in 1970. In these parks, where nature is left to it's own devices, enormous trees grow more then fifty meters in height and is home to a wide variety of wildlife including lynx, deer, wild boar, over fifty species of woodland birds, otters, and foxes. In addition, many wildflower and plants also grow abundantly in this region.
The first stop in side the park is the visitor's center. Maps, information, and tours guides are located here. Some family friendly activities include nature and adventure walks, the wildlife enclosure, and glass road. The wildlife enclosure has good observation points for viewing bison, lynx and other wildlife. Adventure place has playgrounds, barbecue places and other nature adventures for families of all ages. The glass road is famous for artistic hand blown glass and paintings. Nearby cities have glass museums and shops offering beautiful pieces of work as well as a history lesson. The romantic scenery this park provides is a once in a lifetime experience. From the breathtaking mountain views to the crystal clear lakes, this natural park is one of Europe's favorites.