A Perfect Walk Through the Woods at Luisenburg
Since I was a child, I’ve loved big rocks! Boulders and exposed bedrock have such a magical quality. Toss in the mystery of a labyrinth and you really can’t go wrong. Luisenburg Rock Labyrinth is a park in northern Bavaria that brings out the child in everyone. A walking path takes you past, up and down, and through huge granite rocks, where you climb, squeeze through narrow passageways, and enjoy the fresh air.
In good German fashion, there are clearly marked routes, a blue path and a red path. The blue is the ascending path taking you eventually to the highest point in the park, 785 meters above sea level. The view you are treated to is breath-taking, and there is a small gazebo if you want to rest and have a cup of coffee from your thermos or even a small snack.
As you come back down (via the red trail) you can see many more rocks towering above and around you. These formations came about millions of years ago and the cracks and holes were filled with hot lava. Over the past millennia, then, weather and wind, eroded the rocks to the massive jumble you see today.
The walk takes about one and a half hours, and can be extended if you’d like into a full day of hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. The fairy tale nature of the rock formations, the light peeking through the trees, and the hidden clefts and crevices make this a very romantic and popular place.
People have been enjoying the Luisenburg Rock Labyrinth for many years. From 1790, the wealthy would make their way to the park, where they had to stoop to enter into this rocky world. This is something they never did, and it added to the green allure of the park. In 1805 Dr. Johann Georg Schmidt took the area on as a personal project and started shaping the park into a landscape garden. After his death, his sons carried on, but at some point the wildness of the area is what most people were attracted to and other than the metal steps (for safety) and maintaining the paths, the park is left to nature.
Cost: Because this is designed for families, there is a family cost of 9 Euros, or adults for 4 Euros, and children for 1.50 Euros.
Season and hours: The season begins at the end of March and goes sometime into the middle of November. Hours: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM.
Tips: Germany is often wet, and the path is dirt, so no matter what time of year, you are likely to encounter some mud. Wear sturdy walking shoes, and layer for warmth. There are a few places to stop and have a picnic, but nowhere inside the park to buy a snack. There is a lot of climbing, so don’t bring a stroller.
Getting there: Really the only way to get here is to drive. It is about 45 minutes north of Grafenwoehr and 2.5 hours north of Munich. Take the Marktredwitz-Nord exit 13 off A93 onto the B303 heading west for about 10 km.
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