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“The pearl of the Bavarian Forest”
Review of Arbersee

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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
Farnborough, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“The pearl of the Bavarian Forest”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

No trip to the Bavarian Forest would be complete without a visit to, and walk around, the Arbersee (the "groß" variety, not be confused with its little brother, as nice as the latter is). Set against a magnificent backdrop of towering cliffs belying their relatively low altitude (around 1000 metres), this gem of a lake feels like it should be high in the Alps. There is a well-marked perimeter trail with regular information boards pointing out the amazing natural features of the area. It's in German and Czech (the border is only a few miles away) but you'll get the gist of it. Even without your bi-lingual descriptions you should walk around the lake (45 minutes gentle stroll) and take in the scenery. They were having a heatwave during our visit with temperatures over 30 degrees C even at 1000m altitude so we really appreciated the shade afforded by the trees, and the cold beer at the huge pub-restaurant by the car park.

Visited July 2013
Thank John K
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Bratislava, Slovakia
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Poor Tourist Marking and Many Motorcyclists”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

We wanted to go to Großer Arbersee by hiking trail from Bayerisch Eisenstein. Fortunately, we had a hiking map - without it we couldn't find the right road.
The trail-signs system was terrible. Where we could, we asked locals which trail we should take. Nevertheless, we lost the way near the Arberhütte (and we didn't know it for an hour of walking). We met three groups of tourists on the road (German family, Czech couple, and a Slovak family) - all of them were also lost. So after an hour of climbing we turned back and returned to Arberhütte where we finally found the right trail.
When we arrived to the lake, we realised that there was an asphalt road - there were hundreds of people who arrived by cars or motorcycles (it was on Suday), and the restaurant by the lake was absolutely full.
On the other hand, nature and the Arbersee were beautiful, I warmly recommend to visit it. However, if you go on foot, pay a very close attention to trail signs (do not rely on undesribed arrow-signs, buy a map and ask locals). I wish you good luck.

Visited August 2012
Thank Molci
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Drachselsried, Bayerischer Wald
Level 6 Contributor
344 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“The resaurant is looking onto to a lake and has wonderful views”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Situated on a bend on the road toward the sky area on Arber, a Bavarian mountain not far from Bodenmais. Authentic Bavaria and highly popular. Very busy in the summer at the week-ends. Hot and cold menu and local beer. You can rent peddle boats and go around the cold water lake.

Visited May 2012
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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A great day out!”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

the cost of the cable seemed a bit much but given we spent all day 'on the mountain' it worked out okay. We had a great day climbing up and over the rocky 'peaks' and enjoying the amazing views. Lunch was super fast given how busy they were and great value and my 'German soup' was fantastic! A great day out!

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Rebecca K
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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Rather dead”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

After a long walk from Grosse Arbor, we found the cafe at the Arborsee closed and a few tourists milling about miserably. Few signs to show you where to walk next

Visited July 2012
Thank Rubberdog818
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