There are around 70 kilometres of cross country ski tracks in and around Zwiesel, with a 5K track in Bärnzell, a small village on the southern outskirts.
Getting to Zwiesel – by Air
Flights are available from the UK into Munich airport with Easyjet and others, and is approximately a 2 hour transfer from Munich.
Transfer from the Airport to Zwiesel
You can easily get a bus and train from the airport which stops at the station in Zwiesel town (see detailed information below). Or look for taxi transfers that go from the airport for a bit more ease.
Getting to Zwiesel – by Bus and Train
For transfer from Munich to Zwiesel by train, follow the Sign Z for Zentrum from the departure lounge. This is where all the ticket stands are. Look for the Red DB sign or Green S for S Bahn sign. You can purchase a Bayern ticket for the first person (around €22) and. up to 4 additional people only pay €4 each.
Then catch the Number 635 Airport bus to Freising Bahnhof Railway Station (don’t go into Munich or you will have to come out again).
Platform 4/Glies 4 is the train to Pass. Get off at Plattling, and you need to change platform for the next train (lift available) to Platform 5, the Green WaldBahn train (Mountain railway) to Zwiesel, probably marked Bayerischer Eisensten. Don’t worry if the train from Munich is a little late getting to Plattling, as the Waldbahn train will wait for it.
Cross Country Ski Track Map
Cross Country Ski Track Information / Routes
The Zwiesel Langlauf centre (Zentrum) has the following tracks:
Bodenmais Loipe – 4K Blue, 45K Red, 95K Black
Bayerischer Eisenstein – 80K Blue, 140K Red, 30K Black
Zwieselerwaldhaus – 9K Blue, 5K Red, 15K Black
All trails are groomed for skating and classic, and the shortest trail is floodlit till 22:00 for night skiing. The three classic cross country tracks are 6, 10 and 14 km long and snow-sure and due to the height difference of up to 150 m, they are more demanding than the other tracks.
Zwiesel is also located on the 160 km long Bavarian Forest trail, the silver Bach / Lohberg on the north side of the Arber of the National Park south to Haidmühle on the Czech border and a little further out to Neuschönau a National Park Centre.
Other popular cross-country areas near Zwiesel are the winter sports center on Zwieselerwaldhaus (about 12 km away) with 30 km of groomed trails and of course the highest ski area on the Arber, Bretterschachten (20 km). So there is plenty of choice and the free ski bus from Zwiesel goes there 4 times a day.
The ski bus stop to Bretterschachten is right outside the front door of Pension Heidi at Kreuzung Röckkellerstraße / Ahornweg. Here is the link to the Zwiesel ski bus timetable which is shown below.
Here are some other cross country trails in the Bavarian Forest.
Here is the interactive map for route planning
Cross Country Ski Races
Ski Bus and Timetable
The ski bus stop to Bretterschachten is right outside the front door of Pension Heidi at Kreuzung Röckkellerstraße / Ahornweg. Here is the link to the Zwiesel ski bus timetablewhich is shown below.
You will also find information on how to reach the other cross country skiing Centres of the Bavarian Forest here, together with descriptions of the routes.
Where to Stay
There is a very nice bed and breakfast, which is right opposite the Langlaufzentrum and cross country ski tracks in Zwiesel called Pension Heidi Zwiesel. It is in Rökkeller Str 34, 94227 Zwiesel, Bayern. The hosts are David and Tayana Collins.
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It is a short walk up the hill from the Bahnhoff (station), or 5 minutes by taxi.
There is a small day tourist tax to pay, but this give you free bus and rail travel in the local area.
Cross Country Ski Rental
Where to Eat
There are various restaurants to eat in Zwiesel town which are about a 10 minute walk from Pension Heidi. You will find a good selection of places to eat here.