Active relaxation in the climatic health resort of Bodenmais


Climatic health resort

Bodenmais in the heart of the Bavarian Forest is a state-recognized climatic health resort. The healing climate of the low mountain range and the forest is beneficial to the health of body, mind and soul. This is confirmed by numerous doctors such as Dr. Judith Haus, lung specialist at the Bodenmais Silberberg Clinic: "The climate here is a mild, low-irritant climate and is suitable for general health care and rehabilitation after serious illnesses, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and rheumatic diseases," she explains. The forest climate is characterized by cool and, in particular, pollutant-free air thanks to the filter function of the forest. "The essential oils released into the air by the conifers are beneficial for the respiratory tract," says the lung specialist. 

Vor der Silberbergklinik mit hölzernen Balkon und roten Details befindet sich eine Wiese. Dort stehen Liegen und Kinder spielen. Davor befinden sich Blumensträucher. | © Bodenmais Tourismus & Marketing GmbH

Silberberg Clinic Bodenmais


Ein Mann steht am Rande des eingezäunten Nebengipfel des Großen Arbers und zeigt in die Ferne. | © Bodenmais Tourismus & Marketing GmbH

Hiking in the Bavarian Forest... 


  • improves the state of health 
  • improves cardiopulmonary function 
  • strengthens the bones and the immune system 
  • trains and stabilizes muscles, tendons and ligaments 
  • lowers blood pressure 
  • reduces stress 
  • increases mental well-being 
  • provides a daily dose of vitamin D and better sleep 
  •  improves brain performance 
  •  reduces the risk of heart attack, diabetes and cancer 


Ein Paar sitzt auf einer Bank am Gipfel des Heugstatt. | © Bodenmais Tourismus & Marketing GmbH

"Hiking is a miracle cure" 

Munich doctor Dr. Stephan Deckelmann, who has studied the topic of hiking and health in depth, is also convinced of the healing power of the forest: "Hiking is generally a miracle cure: it is healthy, makes you fit and keeps you young. It strengthens the heart, circulation, breathing, muscles and skeletal system and has been proven to reduce the risk of heart attacks, diabetes and cancer," he explains. 

Ein Paar steht zusammen mit ihrem Kleinkind in einem Kinderwagen am Ufer eines Sees und lacht. | © Bodenmais Tourismus & Marketing GmbH

Hiking makes you happier 

Hiking in the Bavarian Forest also makes you happy, as the philosopher and author Dr. Albert Kitzler explains: "Hiking promotes our happiness and prepares the ground for us to come to terms with ourselves and enjoy life more. Many aspects of hiking contribute to this: The intense experience of nature with all our senses brings us back to our own natural origins. The vastness, freshness and seeming endlessness of the landscape opens up our mental and spiritual horizons. We come up with new thoughts. The silence, tranquillity and untouched nature lead us back to ourselves and to our center. We become inwardly calm and balanced."

The sight of nature has a calming effect 

Ein Paar wandert auf einem felsigen Weg am Großen Arber auf eine mit Moos und Heidelbeersträucher bewachsene Freifläche zu. | © Bodenmais Tourismus & Marketing GmbH

Hiking as medicine

 Hiking in the forests around Bodenmais in particular has a medicinal effect. "Just the sight of the green trees and pure nature has a calming effect and helps to reduce mental strain and stress," says Dr. Judith Haus. GESUNDES BAYERN expert Jana Schäfer-Schalk confirms this: "Seeing and feeling untouched nature lifts your mood, relieves stress and has been proven to make you healthier," she explains.  

Vom Großen Arber aus blickt man bei blauem Himmel und Sonnenschein auf die Berge und Täler, in denn Nebel liegt, des Bayerischen Waldes.  | © Bodenmais Tourismus & Marketing GmbH
Über den Kleinen Arbersee hinweg blickt man auf die Gaststätte Seehäusl. Der sonnige Wald spiegelt sich im Wasser. | © Bodenmais Tourismus & Marketing GmbH