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Eastern Bavaria: Not a Lederhosen in Sight...
When taking a holiday Eastern Bavaria has much to offer those who are looking for something a little more off the beaten track. The traditional image of this area of Germany is very different to the reality, as you will soon discover when you arrive.

Eastern Bavaria has escaped the mass tourism which affects many popular tourist destinations, so if you are looking for somewhere which offers tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, then this could be for you.

For those who enjoy walking, Germany is a particularly good place to start and Germany’s Eastern Bavaria has countless options.

Eastern Bavaria benefits from the fact that much of the area is protected as National Park Bavarian Forest, Germany’s oldest National Park. This connects with the Sumava National Park in the Czech Republic, the Upper Palatine region of Germany and the Mühlviertel area of Austria. Together, these form the largest area of woodland in Central Europe.

In this area of Germany, holidays are for unwinding away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and when in Germany mountain and lake holidays can be the ideal opportunity to get away from it all. Eastern Bavaria has managed to avoid mass tourism which is perfect for those who need some peace and quiet. The area does not have vast mountain ranges, but there are hundreds of square miles of beautiful countryside which stretch across the German border and cover parts of Austria and the Czech Republic.

If walking, Eastern Bavaria has a vast number and variety of trails and one of the most popular is that of the ‘Hans Eisenmann House’ information centre (National Park Bavarian Forest). Those interested in wildlife will be able to see wolves and bears in their own habitat.

Not to be missed is the tree top walk that can also be found in the National Park. This reaches a height of 82 feet and is safe for walkers of all ages and abilities. The wooden walkway allows the rambler a different perspective. Those who are even braver can climb to a height of 144 feet, bringing them up to the top of the tallest trees in the area and giving views that stretch as far as the Alps on a clear day.

If you prefer to keep your feet on ground level, there are options for holidays in Germany which allow you to tour some beautiful towns and villages. A popular option is Passau, which is a very fine example of a historical German town. Some of the houses there are hundreds of years old and the tranquillity means it is the ideal place to unwind.

When planning a holiday Germany is not necessarily the first place that you would think of but the attractions of Eastern Bavaria mean that it should be high on your list of places to consider.
About the Author
Lena Seifert writes for TouchingNature.co.uk, a travel destination website with many useful tools to help you plan (or at least dream…) about your next walking holiday or hiking vacation in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Italian Dolomites and South Tyrol. Visit them online at www.touchingnature.co.uk.
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