Bavaria vacations, self catering apartments

No Snow?
There is lots to do and see in the nearby area, there are a number of Christmas markets in the area most of which can be reached by bus/train free of charge using out tourist card all guests receive on arrival.There are many historic towns and villages on both sides of the border to visit as well as the Bavarian Forest National Park which links in to the Sumava National Park on the Czech side of the border. There are lots of alternative activities to skiing with numerous walks and mountain bike trails within this vast area plus several exhibitions. Natural snow usually is enough for skiing in December and at its peak January and February with skiing going on through to early April.
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Environment
This one of the most unspoilt and interesting areas in Europe, with the Bavarian and Bohemian National Parks on either side of the border, both within a short walk of the house. Both National Parks have very strict environmental protection policies and we support the Bavarian National Park’s campaign to extend the area of the Park where nature is left entirely to its own devices.

All guests are requested to separate every item of waste possible into containers provided (including Tetra Packs, batteries etc) which we then take to the recycling center. Vegetable matter is composted for the garden. We have solar panels and all new double glazed windows and insulated roofs. And we emphasize that our tap water is from local springs so there is no need to buy bottled water! We collect rain water to water the garden and flower pots and window boxes. We use low energy light bulbs wherever possible and have water saving taps.

We encourage guests to use the village restaurants and shops and other facilities: museums, a railway station which is the only one in Europe divided between 2 countries, playground and sports facilities. We encourage guests to use public transport – every apartment is provided with a local timetable for guests to take away, we provide details of train journeys to more distant places: Passau, Regensburg and Plzen and encourage use of local rover tickets for guests in addition to the free local bus services with the tourist card.

We are fully involved in village events and in future planning for the village. We use village tradesmen whenever possible. We encourage guests to support events of local organisations. We encourage guests to visit both sides of the border and give them lots of information about the history of the area to encourage international understanding. We regularly donate at least a weeks vacation to charitable/campaigning organisations for them to auction to raise funds for their activities.
We support the National Park and have assisted with translations for English speaking guests. We provide information about the two major animal centers within the National Park. Otters and Beavers have been seen in the village just a few years ago and are in the river between BE and Zwiesel. Ermine in the water by the main house, pine martins in the adjoining forest with deer and lynx there but difficult to see. Many varieties of birds including Honey Buzzrd, Jay and Black Redstart.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We are actively involved in groups who aim to improve the village. We work to support local restaurants by providing vouchers. We have a programme called 'Experience Bavaria' which encourages guests to learn more about local culture and customs.

Climate

5 Reviews of Bavaria vacations, self catering apartments

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Reviewed on 04 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We loved sitting on the balcony, enjoying the views.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


There are so many gongs to do in the area. We liked Zwiesel swimming pool, the many playgrounds and the Glass Museum at Frauena and the National Forest parks.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The GUTi card giving us free public transport was brilliant. We loved the Waldbahn.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had a great time - active, varied, lots of fresh air and lots of ice cream.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Carolyn

Ulrike and I are glad you and your family enjoyed your time in Forsthaus apartment. We cannot always guarantee the lovely weather but the views and
things to do and see in the area are always there winter or summer. The Guti card is an excellent service which we supported when it was being introduced
some years ago and it has been enjoyed by all our guests.
Best wishes

Martin & Ulrike

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Canoeing through the National Park Bayerisch

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


To do some research into the area so you can have a full week of activities.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The wonderful location of Bayerisch Eisenstein and the accommodation.The apartment we chose was on the ground floor and we had access to a beautiful, lush and quiet garden. We walked for many hours every day and then spent a restful couple of hours eating lunch al fresco and reading. Everything we could have possibly wished for was provided for us.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you are taking the train from Prague, as we did, check your train tickets for carriage and seat numbers and also remember that Bayerisch Eisenstein is at the end of the Czech border and the beginning of the Bavarian border therefore Bayerisch is not signposted at the station in German. We were told to get off the train not really knowing where we were. Also when we travelled there were repairs on the line near Pilsen and we had to get off the train and onto a bus for 35 mins before rejoining another train. Not a problem but was a bit daunting not knowing why. Apart from that we used the public transport whilst in the village and it all worked out great. Loved the Wald Bahn!


3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most definately. Organic produce was provided where possible as well as organic cleaning products,hand gels,shower gels,loo rolls and tea bags.We were advised on how to recycle everything and the availability of bins, recycling boxes etc was excellent.We ate in the excellent village restaurants,bought packed lunches from local shops, bought local produce as souvenirs to bring home and used the bag left for us in the apartment so we didn't need to use plastic bags at all.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This is the perfect place for a walking and cycling retreat. A 5 star vacation indeed!

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The village was very beautiful and the hosts friendly and welcoming. The opportunities to enjoy the natural environment were abundant. We especially loved our walks and bike rides through the forest. We also loved the easy access to homemade bread and foods in the freezer.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Plan to spend 5 or more days. Felt our time was too short.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. The information provided and focus of the host made us much more aware of ways to reduce our consumption and protect the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Cycling and walking in the Bavarian forest.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take the opera unity to see the Czech Republic and Austria, enjoy local walks and make use of the forest's extensive cycle paths. We borrowed bikes from our hosts. Passau and Regensberg are also well worth a visit. Having English speaking hosts was very beneficial as little English is spoken here as they have typed English directions for walks and suggestions for days out. Having members of our family able to speak some German was a huge benefit. It was refreshing to come to an area which is typically German.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It is easy to travel here by train and our hosts were helpful with suggestions. Local transport was good enough for all our needs and very cheap. We used local small shops and restaurants. Our hosts made recycling easy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


An excellent vacation thoroughly enjoyed by both adults and children aged between 9 and 16 years. This vacation can be as active or as relaxing as you want to make it and I would recommend it as a great sightseeing or vacation for couples or families.

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