The Bavarian Forest National Park
Along the border with the Czech Republic lies Germany’s only primeval forest, the Bavarian Forest National Park, with its unspoiled nature and rare animal species such as lynx and otters. It covers an area of around 6,000 square kilometers between the Danube, the Bohemian Forest and the Austrian border.
Bizarrely towering rootstocks, impenetrable patches of young growth, renaturalized streams and mystical-looking high moors – this is how this uniquely beautiful natural landscape of the Bavarian Forest presents itself to its visitors. The withdrawal of man from this one so important commercial forest was controversial from the beginning and is still questioned by part of the population today. The heart of some locals beat too much for the primeval forest, too deep is the imprint to care for the forest and to use it respectfully.
But it was precisely this respect for nature that once prompted the founding of the Bavarian Forest National Park. To give nature space and not to intervene when natural processes change the usual idyllic picture of the forest, to wait, to tolerate, even if it exceeds one’s own lifespan – that is what one wanted and wants to achieve. The forest takes it calmly, it does what nature tells it to do and what emerges is impressive: diversity, renewal and different understanding of time.
The special natural beauty of the Bavarian Forest National Park includes primeval forest reserves, wildly romantic rock faces around ice-age lakes, untamed mountain streams in rocky gorges, and lonely high moors.