Bayerischer Wald

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  • European Diploma of Protected Areas (code DE940001)
  • Since 1986
  • Country: Germany
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 133 km2 (13300.00 ha)
  • Marine area: Not available

Source and more information: Council of Europe


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Information Nationalparkverwaltung D-8352 Grafenau
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General character of the site On the border between Germany and the Czech Republic, on the southern side of the granite and gneiss bedrock of the Bohemian forest, lies the largest continuous forest area in Europe of which the highest point is Rachel peak (1453 m). It comprises forests close to the natural state, peatlands, water courses and lakes with numerous animals and plants. The main objective of this national park is to protect the forest ecosystems by every means available. 
Vulnerability Pressure of visitors; forest die-back; plans to phase out timber production (at present some 6000 ha forest are not exploited). 
Owner The entire park is the property of the state of Bavaria. 
Documentation Council of Europe - European Diploma Series (1986), Bayerischer Wald National Park (Bavarian Forest)-Federal Republic of Germany, Strasbourg, 16 p. 
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Cultural heritage The Bohemian forest has only been inhabited since the 18th century. It is on the golden road from Passau to Bohemia (used for the salt trade, for example). Timber was originally floated downriver and later transported by forest railway. 
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European Environment Agency (EEA)
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