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Den Bayerischen Wald genießen, Bild: jaroslava V / shutterstock

Trans Bavarian Forest – 2 x 7 days biking in “Little Canada”


Would you like to combine a challenging mountain bike holiday with the advantages of impressive nature and Bavarian hospitality? The Trans-Bayerwald combines all this in two almost 350-kilometre-long routes through the Bavarian Forest and is therefore the new mountain bike highlight in the Bavarian Forest.

When planning the MTB trip, you are supported by a visually sophisticated starter package. This includes a travel diary with a stamp card, the detailed stage booklet as well as information on accommodation, restaurants and public transport. You will receive this starter package free of charge by e-mail after ordering.

In order to be able to enjoy the Trans Bayerwald – a joint project of the East Bavarian Tourism Association, the district associations and numerous supporters funded with state funds – you should definitely take the time to ride all seven stages of a route. Individual sections otherwise do not reflect the entire beauty of the route. Those responsible attach particular importance to mutual consideration as well as compliance with the path requirements and consideration for the protected areas in order to preserve the uniqueness of this nature.

But let’s take a closer look at the two routes:

The northern route – from Passau to Furth im Wald

Passau Trans Bavarian Forest
Passau, starting point of the TransBayerwald Northern Route, Image: Boris Stroujko / shutterstock

The northern route of the Trans Bayerwald takes you from the three-river city of Passau to the town of Furth im Wald, which is close to the Czech border.

On this 361-kilometre-long MTB tour, you will visit the Bavarian Forest National Park, marvel at the bizarre granite rocks in the Dreisessel massif and enjoy the fabulous view over the Bavarian Forest from the peaks of the Großer Arber, which is 1,456 metres high at its peak.

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It is quite possible that you will be able to catch a glimpse of wolves, lynxes, otters or the European bison when visiting Lohberg Zoo.

Mountain bikers who want to really let off steam can do so on a challenging route at the Predigtstuhl. The single trail circuit was designed by the local mountain bike club Sportivo in a natural way and equipped exclusively with natural obstacles.

The southern route – from Furth im Wald to Passau

On the southern route, you conquer a total of almost 8,300 metres in altitude over a total length of 339 kilometres. The route is characterized by longer and challenging trails and steep climbs.

MTB Bischofsmais Transbayerwald
The MTB hotspot Bischofsmais is also located on the southern route of the Trans Bayerwald, Image: Felix Seichter / shutterstock

For connoisseurs, the mountain bike hotspots Sankt Englmar and the Geisskopf bike park in Bischofsmais are also well-known. You will meet these on the stages South-4 and South-5.

If you want to get off the saddle and can’t do without action, we recommend a ride on “Da voglwuide Sepp” – with a length of 755 meters and a difference in altitude of 27 meters, the longest roller coaster in Bavaria.

But there are also many cultural highlights to marvel at on the southern route. Near Stamsried you will visit one of the largest castles in the Upper Palatinate, whose observation tower offers a great view over the Regental. A nice end to the route is a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Passau. The cathedral, built in 1662, delights its visitors with one of the world’s largest church organs in the world.

Important information: The necessary GPS data for all routes of the north and south routes can be downloaded from the Trans Bayerwald website.

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No matter which of the two routes they choose. You can expect a wonderful mixture of sporting incentive, impressive nature, loving variety and well-known culinary delights.