Falkenstein National Park Centre
The HAUS ZUR WILDNIS forms the focal point of Falkenstein National Park Centre. The building’s unique architectural design is fascinating in its own right, though it can’t quite steal the show from the centre’s stunning views of the 1,315-metre Großer Falkenstein. The emerging woodland wilderness within the Bavarian Forest National Park is the main focus of the building’s exhibition. Genesis, growth and decay – this natural cycle is ubiquitous and tangible with all the senses here. The centre’s root gallery is a particularly memorable experience, where you can stroll through the layers of soil under the ground, getting to know the small creatures that populate the subterranean world as you go. Kids are guided by Schratzl, our loveable mascot, as he leads the way between the centre’s interactive exhibits and play stations.
TIP: Do you want to visit other destinations in the National Park besides the Haus zur Wildnis? If so, our friendly staff at the information desk have plenty of useful tips on what to see.
Kids’ route: Young adventurers can explore an exciting dedicated route through the exhibition specifically designed to feed young minds. There are a few teasing puzzles to solve along the way, and kids that succeed in unlocking the forest’s secrets can even look forward to a small surprise at the end.
3D cinema: A varied range of films are shown on the big screen in our cinema room. These include a three-dimensional trip through the woodland wilderness, offering unique perspectives on the forest and National Park.
Playgrounds: Youngsters can let off some steam here no matter the weather. On sunny days, kids can head for the forest adventure playground in front of the Haus zur Wildnis, while the children’s adventure playroom is the place to be if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Opening hours Haus zur Wildnis:
26 December to 30 April, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1 May to 8 November, open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
9 November to 25 December, closed
Opening hours Stone Age cave:
1 May to 8 November, open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
9 November to 30 April, open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Food & drink:
The in-house restaurant and café serves organic, fair and regional cuisine. Find out more information and opening hours at www.gastronomie-hauszurwildnis.de.
National Park shop:
The National Park shop has everything from regional handcrafts made of wood or glass to high-quality children’s toys. More information on 09922 5002-113.
Easily accessible by Igelbus and Waldbahn!
Stop: Ludwigsthal/Haus zur Wildnis
Address: Eisensteiner Straße, D-94227 Ludwigsthal
Parking is subject to charges!
In addition to the popular lynx and wolves, the animal enclosures are also home to two less well-known former inhabitants of the Bavarian Forest: wild horses and aurochs. While wild horses populated the steppe landscape here after the last ice age, aurochs inhabited the forests of Bavaria until the early Middle Ages. This seemingly unusual duo share the near-natural enclosure flanking the Stone Age cave. In the latter, visitors are whisked back to the Palaeolithic era and surrounded by artificial rock walls in a place where they can experience the change in climate, landscape and fauna in the time since. An almost three-kilometre circular trail visits every enclosure and takes around one and a half hours to walk. The terrain is suitable for prams and wheelchairs, and the trails are cleared in winter and freely accessible all year round.