Gläserne Wald

Regensburg & the Danube

One of the more unusual sights along the Glass Route is the Gläserne Wald near the small town of Regen. Here glass artist Rudolf Schmid has created a forest of glass trees, some up to 8m tall. The trees, in a number of transparent shades, are set in a flowery meadow next to Weissenstein Castle and are an intriguing sight.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Regensburg & the Danube attractions

1. Waldmuseum

6.11 MILES

Housed in a former brewery, Zwiesel’s 'Forest Museum' has exhibitions on local customs, flora and fauna, glass-making and life in the forest.

2. Glasmuseum

7.53 MILES

Frauenau's dazzlingly modern Glasmuseum covers four millennia of glass-making history, starting with the ancient Egyptians and ending with modern glass…

3. Bavarian Forest National Park

7.72 MILES

A thickly wooded paradise for lovers of fresh air, the Bavarian Forest National Park extends for around 24,250 hectares along the Czech border, from…

4. JOSKA Bodenmais


The glass highlight of the small town of Bodenmais is JOSKA Bodenmais, a crystal theme park complete with crystal shops, public artworks, beer garden,…

5. Museumsdorf Bayerischer Wald

17.16 MILES

On the southern edge of the Bavarian Forest is Tittling, home to this 20-hectare open-air museum displaying 150 typical Bavarian Forest timber cottages…

6. Ursulinenkirche

26.36 MILES

The interior of the Ursulinenkirche was designed by the Asam brothers in their final collaboration. Its ceiling fresco depicts the martyrdom of St Ursula…

7. Herzogsschloss

26.37 MILES

The former ducal residence Herzogsschloss is an austere 14th-century building which houses the town's tax office.

8. Karmelitenkirche

26.42 MILES

Straubing's Karmelitenkirche is a baroque church belonging to the Carmelite Convent, located next door.