Two long-distance hiking routes cut through the Bavarian Forest: the European Distance Trails E6 (Baltic Sea to the Adriatic Sea) and E8 (North Sea to the Carpathian Mountains). There are mountain huts all along the way. Another popular hiking trail is the Gläserne Steig (Glass Trail) from Lam to Grafenau. Whatever route you’re planning, maps produced by Kompass – sheets 185, 195 and 197 – are invaluable companions. They are available from tourist offices, some bookshops and the park visitors centre.
The Bavarian Forest has seven ski areas, but downhill skiing is low-key, even though the area’s highest mountain, the Grosser Arber (1456m), occasionally hosts European and World Cup ski races. The major draw here is cross-country skiing, with over 2000km of prepared routes through the ranges.