The Bavarian Forest

Water sports are a way of life on Friedenshain Lake near the town of Straubing. Here, you’ll find the longest waterskiing and wakeboarding site in the world. At 1200 m, up to twelve water sports enthusiasts at a time can enjoy a wild voyage. A shuttle boat to bring anyone who gets stranded back to the start is part of the service.

The Ilz is the last great white-water torrent in eastern Bavaria. Canoeing fans can experience the pure thrill of unspoilt natural white-water rapids over a 1-km stretch. Every three years, the river hosts the Ilz Regatta – one of the most important kayak races in Germany. The river landscape, also known as “the black pearl of the Bavarian Forest” – also offers countless hiking and walking routes.

From Blaibach Lake to Regensburg, where it joins the Danube – 107 km altogether – anyone hoping to explore by boat will find the perfect conditions for canoeing. Idyllic landscapes as well as plenty of cultural attractions line the route.

Hiking and climbing are part and parcel of the Bavarian Forest experience. The three glacial lakes –Rachel Lake, the Small Arber Lake and the Big Arber Lake – are sure to be a hit, with their hiking routes through unspoilt scenery. Floating islands, formed from vegetation breaking away from the bank, are a characteristic of the Arber Lakes. The Eisvogelstieg is a must for climbers of all ages, with a track that leads directly through the river.


Tourismusverband Ostbayern e.V. -Bayerischer Wald-
Im Gewerbepark D 04
93059 Regensburg

Phone: +49 (0)941 585390
Fax: +49 (0)941 5853939