Visit the Falkenstein National Park Visitors Centre in Ludwigsthal. With its animal enclosures, copy of an ice age cave and distinctive ‘Haus zur Wildnis’ with view of the Great Falkenstein. But easy to reach: at the end of the village of Ludwigsthal, there is a railway station, a bus stop and a large car park. That is the start of an easy circular walk around the generously laid out animal enclosures with near-natural areas for lynx, wolves, ancient oxen and wild horses and finally to the ‘Haus zur Wildnis’. The exhibitions there bring our wilderness here to life in many ways: on a 3-D Wilderness Journey in the cinema, in the hidden wilderness in the ‘root walk’ or on a journey of discovery through the forest. Refreshments are available in the Haus zur Wildnis – with a large terrace, local culinary delicacies, certified as organic. The National Park shop has typical handicrafts of glass and wood, rustic and good quality toys. There are creative gifts for every occasion.
The Great Arber Lake lies on the road from Regenhütte to the Great Arber. It is a relic of the ice age and a popular destination. The circular path around the lake takes about 45 minutes. It is only partly accessible with a buggy because part of the route has a log path over boggy parts of the shore. At the lake, there is a Gasthaus with a large terrace and a place to rent pedaloes.
A Fairy Tale Forest is opposite the lake. A path is laid out in a section of forest – scenes from fairy tales are depicted along it.
The Small Arber Lake is even more idyllic as it can only be reached on foot from Brennes or via special tourist train from Lohberg/Tierpark. There is also a small Gasthaus there with a lovely beer garden.
Although quartz was still mined here until the 1960s, the former workings can still be viewed with its caverns and tunnels. The mountain peak, which can be reached on foot or by chair lift, has a breathtaking panoramic view. There is also a summer toboggan run starting from the mid point. There is also a self-service restaurant with panorama terrace.
In winter, the mountain has a downhill skiing slope and a toboggan run. At the base station there is also a big playground and a small petting zoo. (12 km)
The Western City near Eging am See is a magnet for Wild West friends. The huge area has teepees and ranches as well as a proper village street with saloons, shooting galleries and shops. There are daily presentations about life in the Wild West as well as demonstrations of skills such as riding, lassoing or Indian dances. Shooting and stunt shows can fortunately not be found here, as everything is peaceful. Children can also try panning for gold. (50 km)
This pleasant animal park has indigenous animals from the region: Wolves, lynx, ancient wild oxen and otters exist here. There is also a petting zoo for visiting goats. The wide paths, accessible with a buggy, pass aviaries and enclosures, between which there are many generous play areas. (25 km)
According to the motto ‘Playfully take hold of nature’, the forest playground offers nature and games for all the family. In this 50 hectare, park-like area of forest, there are unusual games, a nature trail, a forest meadow with barbecue, a fairy tale hut, a bare foot path and much more. There are also many events for children and families which take place here, organised by the National Park. (20 km)