Bavaria holidays, self catering apartments

Description of Bavaria holidays, self catering apartments

Ideally located just on the edge of the Bohemian (Czech) and Bavarian (German) forest national parks these six 4 star self-catering holiday apartments, contained within three adjacent houses, offer an excellent opportunity to get out and explore or stay put and relax. The apartments sleep up to 4, 6 and 8 people and are also suitable for groups.

The forest setting opens up an extensive web of walking and cycling trails right on your doorstep with nearby sports facilities and an adventure playground in the local village making this the perfect accommodation for Bavaria holidays spent outdoors.

Snow shoeing, alpine skiing and cross country skiing can all be undertaken during the winter months with the world renowned and family-friendly slopes of Arber just ten minutes away by ski bus.

Out of the ski season, holidays in Bavaria really come into their own with mountain bikes for hire from the house and an extensive back catalogue of self-guided walking itineraries adding to gentle early morning strolls accompanied by bird song and more strenuous mountain hikes to be achieved with a little more thought.

This area of Central Europe is blessed with a wealth of cultural heritage and traditional charm, and no Bavaria holiday is complete without exploring further afield and into the towns of Regensburg and Passau, as well as across the border into Plzen, Prague and Cesky Krumlov.

Once you’re done roaming or if you just fancy playing closer to home, the houses hold a great range of indoor and outdoor fun and games with table tennis, badminton, table football and kids’ toys adding to a choice of cultural classes, such as cookery and glassmaking.

As winners of a national eco-tourism award for encouraging the use of local transport, and holders of Germany’s top classification for environmental practices, these self-catering apartments are perfect for responsible travellers who want to search for sun dappled clearings and skim stones over pine fringed lakes and fast-flowing melt-water rivers.

The British owners are often resident and able to provide help with arranging travel, event tickets etc. if needed. Otherwise our housekeepers are always available to help.

Rooms, food and facilities

All of the holiday apartments have fully-equipped kitchen and dining areas with spacious sitting rooms, bath and shower rooms. Complimentary public transport tickets invite guests to travel locally visit places or go shopping. Plenty to see on both sides of the border, Bavaria and Czech with a great choice of village stores and restaurants providing more than enough nourishment to keep you fully fuelled throughout your stay. Four of the six apartments each have three double bedrooms, the majority of which have en-suite bath or shower rooms, as well as private balconies with forest or mountain views. One apartment has four double bedrooms whilst the remaining apartment has one double bedroom and one twin with scenic balcony. Full details of the Bavarian holiday apartments; HausSterr Maria: 3 double bedrooms (1 with bunk beds), 3 shower rooms (2 ensuite), sitting room, kitchen/dining room, long balcony. HausSterr Anton: 3 double bedrooms (1 with bunk beds), 1 ensuite shower room, full bathroom with bath and separate shower, sitting room, kitchen/dining room. HausSterr Arber: 2 double bedrooms (one twin), shower room, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, balcony with mountain view. ForstHaus: 4 bedrooms (one accessed through master bedroom), ensuite to master with separate bath and shower, shower room, large sitting room, dining room, kitchen and large covered balcony with mountain and forest views. Haus Peter Regen: 3 double bedrooms all with ensuite shower rooms, kitchen/dining room, large sitting room, 2 balconies (1 with mountain view), private garden. Haus Peter Sumava: 3 double bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, 2 balconies (1 with panoramic forest and mountain views). Family & baby friendly: Children are welcome. We have games and DVDs, garden. Sports facilities across the road, big adventure playground in the village. We have cots and high chairs, baby toys, other baby equipment and provide a shopping service for nappies and baby food if required. Walking & cycling accommodation: There are walks in every direction from the house, from gentle strolls in the forest to mountain hikes. We provide mountain bikes for hire and have developed our own files of self-guided walks. There are well signposted cycle routes in every direction, on both sides of the border.

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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How to find us

As the nearest train station, Bayerisch Eisenstein, straddles both Bavaria and the Czech Republic it offers a unique introduction to life on the border with distances to Munich or Prague, roughly equidistant.

If you’re intending to arrive by train you’ll be offered a free lift from the station to your self-catering apartment’s front door with the possibility of enjoying breakfast in London before an evening meal in Bayerisch Eisenstein, helping to put distances into perspective.

Flying is always an option and you’ll have the pick of Munich, Linz, Salzburg, Prague and Nuremberg airports from where to touch down before deciding whether to carry on your journey to Bayerisch Eisenstein by hire car or train.

If you intend to drive the entire journey from the UK to Bayerisch Eisenstein then it’s perfectly achievable within 10 hours from Calais however, we think it’s much less stress and a lot more fun to take the train all the way, especially if you’re seriously considering the environment.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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 centre. 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 holiday 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 centres 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 holidays, self catering apartments

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Reviewed on 04 Aug 2018 by

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


We loved sitting on the balcony, enjoying the views.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


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 holiday 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 holiday 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 holiday?


Canoeing through the National Park Bayerisch

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


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

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


Yes.

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


Excellent

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2015 by

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


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 travellers booking this holiday?


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 holiday 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 holiday overall?


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

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2013 by

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


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 travellers booking this holiday?


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

3. Did you feel that your holiday 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 holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2012 by

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


Cycling and walking in the Bavarian forest.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


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 holiday 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 holiday overall?


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

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