Zwiesel bietet grenzenlose Bergwildnis für Wanderer sowie Skipisten und Langlaufloipen rund um Arber, Falkenstein, Rachel, Lusen und den Nationalpark.
The Great Arber is also called ‘King of the Bavarian Forest’. With 1,456 metres it is the highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest and lies in the East of Bavaria, on the Bavarian border with Bohemia (Czech Republic).
The area also covers the Rißloch waterfalls, various moors, ice age lakes with steep sides and ancient forests. In total, these give the Arber its distinctive character.
Finally, the tree free summit of the Arber is unusual and its animal and plant world do not appear anywhere else in the Bavarian Forest. Part of the area was placed under protection as early as 1939, to protect its unique character.
The Great Arber is also a well known and much loved winter sports centre: the Arber Bergbahn has modern lift facilities, which carry alpine skiers to the pistes in this good family ski area. The pistes on this mountain are often used by Viktoria Rebensburg and other stars off the women’s world cup within the ski world cup circus. And the nearby Hohenzollern Ski Stadium can be used on holiday for Biathlon training due to its good facilities.
The Great Rachel (1,452 metres) is the second highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest National Park and a tourist highlight of the region. It is one of the favourite destinations of Bavarian and German holiday visitors. It’s peak lies in the centre of the Bavarian Forest National Park, directly on the border of the 2 counties of Freyung-Grafenau and Regen and the 3 local areas of Frauenau, Spiegelau and St. Oswald-Riedlhütte .The Rachel is the highest point in the county of Frauenau. From its peak, one has a grand view over the Bavarian Forest and well into Bohemia. The Small Rachel is only a stone’s throw away. The deep Rachel lake is a favourite excursion, surrounded by ancient legends and beautiful tales. The Rachel chapel which clings to the slopes of the mountain is also a favourite sight.
Numerous paths and mountain tracks lead to the 1,315 metre high peak of the Great Falkenstein, whose plateau offers views far and wide: to the Great Arber across the mountain ridge of the lower Bavarian Forest to the Osser mountain, to Hoher Bogen and across to the Bavarian Forest mountains to the Rachel and Lusen. At the base of the Falkenstein is the Zwiesel Winkel, with Zwiesel, Frauenau, Lindberg, Ludwigsthal and Bayerisch Eisenstein. The peak can be reached via the Heidelbeer, Eibe, Silberblatt and Esche paths, starting from Zwieslerwaldhaus, Kreuzstraßl or Scheuereck and can be reached in a couple of hours. At the peak, it is possible to take refreshments or stay overnight at the mountain hut (Schutzhaus) of the Bayerischen Wald-Vereins.
At 1,373 metres, the Lusen is one of the most recognisable peaks, with its summit area of stone block, the stone lake, and one of the highest mountains of the Bavarian Forest. It lies between the Rachel and Great Falkenstein, centrally located in the heart of the Bavarian Forest National Park. It lies close to the border with Bohemia (Czech Republic), offering the best conditions for cross-border walking. The mountain is a favourite destination for families with children because the path to the peak is not particularly strenuous. In 1995, unusually warm weather brought the bark beetle to the old pine forests. But the forests of the Lusen are recovering. Because the dead trees cannot be taken away, but form the basis for a new generation of trees, a new original forest is developing around the dead trees which are already making the walking trails and mountain slopes look green and friendly again.
The Hennenkobel (also known as Hühnerkobel) is a 965 meter mountain in the Bavarian Forest near the town of Zwiesel. The summit of the Hennenkobel
On its stony peak, there is a large cross and a refuge shelter with views reaching from the Bavarian Forest National Park via Regen to the Great Arber.
The first refuge on the peak was built in 1900 by the Rabenstein section of the Bayerischen Wald-Verein. Before that, there was a cattle shed on this mountain peak. The wooden cross was put up in 1957 and renewed in 1977 and 1998. Since the access from Rabenstein is short, it is very popular. The shortest, fairly steep, route crosses an unpassable rocky area. Other ascents lead from Regenhütte, Bodenmais and Brandten to the Hennenkobel. To the south of the Hennenkobel there are moors and meadows.