Bayerischer Wald - Bavarian Forest. Der Bayerische Wald is a mountain region in Lower Bavaria, Southern Germany, situated between the Donau (Danube river) and the Czech and Austrian borders. It’s part of an unspoiled, heavily forested mountain region which also includes the Šumava (Bohemian Forest) in the Czech Republic. Within the region, there are more than 60 peaks over 1,000 m. Established in 1970, it is the oldest and largest national park in Germany. Together with the Czech Šumava National Park and the surrounding protected area, these form the largest protected forest area in Europe. The area is a nature lovers paradise, with glacial lakes, stunning mountain views, hundreds of kilometres of hiking and cycling trails and numerous opportunities for both downhill and cross-country skiing in winter. The region is also a renowned European glass-producing area. The Crystal Road (Glasstraße) is one of the most famous holiday routes in Bavaria.