|Distance:||13km||Starting point is the Haus der Wildness in Ludwigsthal, from there you can look forward a magical hike through a beautiful forest landscape.|
Starting point: Parking lot at Haus zur Wildnis
How to get there: By car: B11 to Ludwigsthal, Haus zur Wildnis, or Waldbahn: stop Ludwigsthal
Duration: about 3.5 hours (walking time), 13 kilometres, 370 metres high
The hike starts at the parking lot "Haus zur Wildnis" in Ludwigsthal and leads just under 1 kilometre uphill to Haus zur Wildnis. On the way side trips to the game reserves are possible.
At the information center, the hiker can get some information on the national park and its development. A cozy beer garden invites you to take a break for the first time in the summer.
Then the trail follows the signs "Böhmweg" on wide gravel and partly tarred roads through the beautiful, unspoilt forest. It is a mixture of ascents and descents.
After about 4 kilometres, the hiker reaches the "Wildniscamp am Falkenstein". There are seminars, events and holiday camps throughout the year, especially for children and teenagers.
After a short time, you will reach Zwieslerwaldhaus. In the village at the foot of the Falkenstein numerous inns and beer gardens invite you to enjoy a little snack.
After being strengthened, you follow the Böhmweg, which runs through the beautiful, wild and unspoilt national park forest. We are in the heart of the national park. Here you can explore the natural cycle.
At the crossroads at the edge of the forest we follow the signs to the right "Ferdinandsthal / CZ". The path leads here only over a narrow, paved road, later then turns a gravel road to the left.
The river Deffernik (Debrnik) marks the green border between Germany and the Czech Republic. Only small signs and white poles with a blue stripe make it clear that the hike now leads through the Czech part of the national park, the Sumava.
Slightly uphill, the trail runs through the picturesque forest. Numerous signs and abandoned border installations explain to the hiker impressively the massive border fortifications from times of the "iron curtain".
The first places reached on the Czech side are Debrnik and Zelezna Ruda.
The path leads through fields over an avenue and then comes to the cemetery in the place. Immediately after that you get to a protected level crossing.
If you like, you can cross it and go into the place. Especially the church "Maria Hilf vom Stein" is worth a visit. Also, here are some opportunities for rest. Then you return to the railroad crossing. Following the yellow arrow in the direction of Bayrisch Eistenstein, you first pass through a small industrial area until the path leads you, accompanied by the river "Regen", towards Alzbetin. On the left under a small underpass you can reach the (unfortunately) typical Vietnamese markets in the border area. The last few kilometers then run on the bike path called "EUR 13". The church of Bayrisch Eisenstein can soon be seen. Only a small climb left up the hill and the destination, the border railway station in Eisenstein, is reached.
From here you can get back to Ludwigsthal once a hour with the Waldbahn in only 7 minutes.