I grew up in the Fichtelmountains in Germany, where I have been hiking with my family a lot during our childhood. I did not really appreciate our home that much for most of the time. However, as I traveled through several countries in the last years, I first became aware of the beauty of my home. The first two weeks after I have returned to Germany, I started to explore in my own backyard a little bit more. It felt like I was on vacation, even though it is actually our home. In this blogpost I want to show you the beauty of my home – The Fichtelmountains in Bavaria.
If you are visiting Germany, this could definitely be a place for you to stay. It is not as touristy as many other spots in Bavaria, but very beautiful in my eyes.
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Hiking in the Fichtelmountains, Bavaria
If you are into outdoor adventures this is your place to be. The Fichtelmountains are perfect for basically every outdoor activity you could possibly think of. In summer there are many beautiful trails for hiking, mountain biking, climbing and trail running. Whereas, in winter you can go skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and much more.
Keep in mind that there are different routes for hiking and mountain biking. Sometimes it can be hard going by bike on the hiking trails, since it can get very steep. For detailed information on hiking trails etc. you can browse https://www.komoot.com/guide/285/hiking-in-the-fichtel-mountains. If you just want to explore you can put one of the places on top in google.maps and choose the hiking or biking route.
Since you have hundreds of options to hike in the Fichtelmountains, I’ll share two of my favorite hikes with you!
Kösseine Peak (939m)
My favorite place in our area is the Kösseine. It is the most visited Peak in the Fichtelmountains and once you have been there you will know why. It is easily accessible by bike or on foot and on top you have a perfect 360-degree view over the towns and mountains. Here are some impressions:
The hike Starting point: Parking lot in Schurbach Duration: 45 min one-way Difficulty: 2,5/5 Food: There is a restaurant on top of the mountain, but you should check the opening hours before you leave.
Schneeberg Peak (1051m)
The Schneeberg is the highest peak in the Fichtelmountains. It is the perfect destination if you would like to do a longer hiking tour through the magical forests. I did a longer hike, where I started at the Fichtellake and hiked back with a stop at the Nußhardt. It’s a beautiful tour to get an impression of the region.
The hike Starting point: Parking lot at the Fichtellake Duration: 3-4 hours Difficulty: 4/5 Food: Ideally you take some snacks with you. There's no restaurant at the peak. If you want to eat somewhere, you could stop at the restaurant next to the Fichtellake.
I hope you enjoy exploring my home and these hikes will show you the beauty of the Fichtelmountains. If you are not allowed to leave your house due to the current pandemic here are some tips on how to stay positive in this situation.
If you have any further questions just ask me in the comments!
Have fun exploring,