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Glass Route

The Glass Route – the forests of the Oberpfalz and Bavaria

Eastern Bavaria has been a major glassmaking centre for around 700 years. Here, in the forests of the Oberpfalz and Bavaria, time seems to stand still … yet it’s where high-tech manufacturing meets traditional craftsmanship and you’ll be amazed when you visit the showrooms and outlets around the region.

This is the home of world-class manufacturers, such as F.X. Nachtmann, Zwiesel Kristallglas, Poschinger and Spiegelau; plus dozens of smaller producers who are just as committed to quality and technology, and entire villages or areas influenced by this wonderful material.

Next up is the Glass Route which passes through areas of authentic and unspoilt natural beauty where rare animals such as mink and brown bears still live. The Bavarian Forest has long been the stuff of legends, being compared to a mighty sea with wave upon wave of trees, mountains rich in lore and dense with beech, spruce and pine, hidden lakes, bubbling brooks, cool and crystal-clear, majestic gorges and the hills, shaped smooth and round by the last Ice Age.

It goes without saying, but any wine stops detailed on this page are for the benefit of hire car passengers ... designated drivers must confine themselves to drinking in the scenery.