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Getting There & Away

From Munich, Regensburg or Passau, Zwiesel is reached by rail via Plattling (55 minutes, hourly); most trains continue to Bayerisch Eisenstein on the Czech border, with connections to Prague. The scenic Waldbahn shuttles directly between Zwiesel and Bodenmais, and Zwiesel and Grafenau.

There’s also a tight network of regional buses, though service can be infrequent. The Igel-Bus, operated by Ostbayernbus (www.ostbayernbus.de), navigates around the national park on three routes. A useful one is the Lusen-Bus (€5/12.50 per one/three days), which leaves from Grafenau Hauptbahnhof and travels to the Hans-Eisenmann-Haus, the DJH Hostel and the Lusen hiking area.

The best value is usually the Bayerwald-Ticket (€9), a day pass good for unlimited travel on bus and train across the forest area. It’s available from the park visitors centre, stations and tourist offices throughout the area.