Adventure Camp Schnitzmühle

Europe Germany South East Germany Bavaria East Bavaria

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Authentic 'cool camping' in the heart of the Bavarian forest

If the Black Forest is Germany’s dark secret, a place of goblins and ghosts and the occasional slice of devilish gateau, its easterly cousin, the Bavarian Forest, is all easy-going charm and woody innocence. A lumberjack’s violent fantasy, the forest comprises a seamless landscape of undulating hills, winsome spa towns and dense woodlands, criss-crossed with comely copses and titillating trails for bikers, hikers and cyclists.

Located slap-bang in the centre of this leafy nirvana is Camping Schnitzmühle, arguably the first really cool campsite in the country. Unlike most German sites, this one is run by young people determined to make the tenting experience considered and comprehensive, as well as energetic. The owners in question are Sebastian and Kristian Nielsen, who adopted their parents’ hotel business a few years back and have lovingly transformed it into a funky one-stop-shop for all things outdoorsy. Not only did they give the hotel’s interior a modernist makeover, they also overhauled the restaurant, added the capacious camping area, constructed an expansive spa and built a beach area around the site’s natural lake.

The Nielsen brothers’ rejuvenating spirit haunts the whole site, and in a good way. Its several acres, located right next to a pretty section of the Schwarzer Regen river, are green and airy, peppered with trees, bushes and flowers. Even without the funky extras it would be nice, but when you discover the delights of: the Bongo Bar (a thatch-roofed drinks bar surrounded by sand and deckchairs); Stonehenge (a cheeky replica of the great British landmark that doubles as an open fire and grill place); and the Group Camping section that has adventure facilities and experienced instructors leading rope-climbing, canoeing and mountain-biking escapades – well, it’s hard not to be impressed.

Being blessed with two rivers – the Regen and the Schwarzer Regen – means water- babies are going to feel totally at home here. Stroll around for a minute or two and you’ll find a lovely natural swimming spot, whilst you can easily arrange canoe trips on site (€36 per canoe for 2 adults/2 adults and a child). A shuttle bus whisks you to a starting point and you make your own way back to Schnitzmühle.

The surrounding area isn’t short of charming countryside or traditional towns and villages. Some leave you a bit cold, though others have high rural appeal. Arnbruck for example, is world famous for its superior glass production and a perfect place to pick up some quality wine glasses at decent prices for all your drinking exploits at home. Nearby Viechtach has some cafés and gives insight into small-town Bavarian life.

Back at the site, if you don’t feel like breaking out the barbie, take advantage of the hotel-restaurant, which combines Thai and Bavarian specialities with truly superb results (the mixed tapas is especially good, though it’s neither Thai nor Bavarian, but who cares?). Behind the hotel lies the camping reception, which also boasts a well-stocked kiosk offering everything from lovely local Weizenbier to the equally lovely freshly baked bread.

The nearby beach and lake, located along a path on the other side of the hotel, is the perfect place to cool off and sunbathe. And if you’re feeling even more indulgent, the spa is just a short aloe-vera-face-scrub- throw away. But if you don’t feel like leaving Schnitzmühle to enjoy some real R&R, there’s absolutely no need to.



These are superb, including a clean (and colourful) shower block, well-stocked kiosk, onsite bar (Bongo Bar), a place for camp fires and BBQs, a playground and Internet – plus a hotel, tiny houses, spa, restaurant and lake right next door.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, campervans, dogs


The site can organise everything from canoeing and hiking, mountain-biking, cycling and tree-climbing tours. There’s a playground onsite with table-tennis tables, and you can swim in the lake. Another great option is the bobsleigh ride at the theme park Rodel Paradies (0049 99 65 1203), a 20-minute drive away. For a truly relaxing experience, try one of the many massages at Schnitzmühle’s spa. Take your pick from the Yanomami (with banana leaves – €72 for 75 minutes), the Espresso (a 15-minute quickie for €14) or the Absolute High Power Massage (55 minutes for €49).

Food & Drink

The kiosk = "camp laden" sells fresh bread in the mornings and general camping essentials. The camp-restaurant serves up a funky fusion FFF / Forest local Food + Future veggy and vegan Food + Fusion food of Bavarian and Thai, and has a generous breakfast buffet each morning for €14, as well as salads and sandwiches for lunch.


All year.

The Owner Says

The Adventure Camp Schnitzmühle is an original, individual Future Camp located at Central Bavarian Forest. #crafting a new tomorrow. #wild and untamed

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Contact Adventure Camp Schnitzmühle, Adventure Camp Schnitzmühle, Schnitzmühle 1 94234 Viechtach / Bayerischer Wald, Bavaria, Germany

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Getting There

From Munich take the B2R and exit onto the A9. From there take the exit 68-Kreuz Neufahrn to merge onto A92 towards Landshut, continuing on the B11. Turn left at the B85, right at St2139 and continue on Bahnhofstrasse/St2326. Take a right towards Blosserberg, right at Schönauer Strasse and right at Leuthenmühle. Then it’s a left towards Rothenbühl, left at Rothenbühl and left at Gmeinholz. From Dresden, take the A4 towards Chemnitz/Leipzig, taking exit 68-Kreuz Chemnitz to merge onto A72 towards Hof/Zwickau/ Chemnitz-Süd. Take exit 4-Dreieck Hochfranken to merge onto A93 towards Regensburg/Prag/ Praha/A6/Hof-Ost. Take exit 33-Schwandorf-Mitte towards Cham/Wackersdorf. Merge onto the B85, the B20/B85, turning left at St2139. Follow directions as from Munich.

There is a train stop "Schnitzmühle"


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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews


Noisy and uncomfortable

Like the reviewer below, very disapointed vs normal cool camping recommendations. Large groups dominate and talk loudly/play music/party late into the night. Impossible with small children. Also the groups dominate the electric hookups, we could not get one during our stay. Pitches cramped and stony. Would not recommend.
Jan 2, 2020 by Yabble

WOW! What a trap!

This was my very first experience with one of the cool-camping-Campgrounds. I was expecting remoteness, quietness and a decent place to pitch a tent. What I got in return was a huge "resort" of some kind, a hard-soiled and stony designated area for tenters crowded by campervans already and outdated facilities. And all that overpriced for little less than €30 Euros for two adults and a tent. The adjacent restaurant was busy, the wait quite long for the food to arrive but the food was tasty and the service was great.
May 2, 2019 by Katharina


We stayed st this camp site for 3 nights at the end of June and loved it! The camp site is very cool and the facilities are great. We had a river facing pitch number 9 as I remember which we obviously had a lovely view straight out into the river (which you can swim in). The reception rent out extension leads for a deposit if you want electricity. You can rent out fire pits as well with wood supplied from reception. Restaurant is fantastic and the shop sells milk, juice and water. The shop was closed but when we arrived one of the owners Sebastian very kindly opened it for us so we could buy some milk for the morning. The restaurant had stopped serving but they very nicely put together some ham, cheese and bread for us. The pitches are a little hard but we luckerliy had some matting to put down as a bit of padding. The setting is stunning and the country side around it beautiful. I walked in the morning up through the nearby forest and my partner ran to the local town. The campsite was a nice mixture of different ages but even so relatively quiet at night. Even though it was busy the first two nights it was still relaxing. We are one night in the local town as well which was nice and there are a few large supermarkets. One in the town and a couple in the outskirts. The one in the town is closed on Sundays I'm not sure about the others. The washroom facilities were very clean and well maintained. If you go down the right hand side by the outside washing areas there are individual cubicles with shower and toilet all free of charge. The site has a very cool laid back feeling. We had s super time and would recommend it. We stopped off at Archaan on the way down and Rothenberg on the way back which is stunning! All of it was well worth the drive from Derbyshire :-)
Jul 19, 2017 by Sarah

some kind of magic...

... means staying at adventure camp Schnitzmuehle.

I have been there for about 4 or even more stays during 10 years...

Even though life changes and so does Schnitzmuehle, it is and always was a pleasure to stay there.

One of the best to mention about the campsite is, it functions with less rules and almost no notice signs on the whole place. Great!!!!

If you go there in August and September you'll find it very crowded because everyone is on holiday. But if you can stay there besides the main season and you will find nature, peace, "the jungle folks", a calm lake, many attractions in the bavarian forest area.

If you drive over the bridge to Schnitzmuehle you leave your past behind and dive into the special energy of the presence of this place! Enjoy!

Apr 9, 2015 by Monimonit

einfach super!

We spent 12 nights on this excellent campsite site that has good amenities: shop with essential provisions (bread, local beer, camping gaz,...); clean and spacious shower blocks (minimal queuing needed); and friendly staff (wie geht's? ja, es passt...! - and you don't pay 'til you leave). The whole site has a laidback and friendly atmosphere, even when it was full and busy at the weekends.  The direct access to the 'lazy' River Regen was great - we spent much time floating down in the sunshine... The site's really close to local town Viechtach for supermarkets and authentic Bavarian feel, keeping costs down and the chance to not be a tourist.  And it's within day-trip-distance of the wonderful old cities of Regensburg and Passau, the stunning scenery of the mountains and woods, and the Cold War Border charm of Bayerisch Eisenstein.  If you've got kids, there are several attractions nearby to keep 'em occupied: summer toboggans and the amazing WaldWipfelWeg (quicker if you google it) to name but two.  Only downside was the sharp stone gravel used on parts of the pitches to repair them - a tad spiky under barefoot and potentially damaging to groundsheets - guys, please try something more tent-friendly if you can! :)

Sep 15, 2014 by James

Bavarian Bliss

An idyllic spot nestled on a spit of land between two rivers, we stayed here in early September 2013 and had a wonderful 5 night stay.

The site itself is well maintained with spotless facilities, convenient electric/water points and a relaxed and helpful staff. We had a spacious pitch right on the river bank meaning we could use the shallows as a natural fridge for our beer. We were camping for the first time abroad with our dog and we had no problems what so ever.

We found we were just about the only British there, with mostly German, Czech or Austrian families and adult groups occupying the rest of the site. (Not surprising considering the proximity to both borders)

The site also houses a rather fancy hotel and spa, which was busy mainly at the weekend and a fantastic restaurant serving Thai- Bavarian fusion, hard to imagine, but it worked really well.

Would highly recommend to all, would be especially good for families due to the adventure camp activities and safe shallow waters of the river, but equally good for couples or groups wanting to explore the area.

May 14, 2014 by Jane

Space, freedom, and room to breathe.

Space, freedom, and room to breathe. We stopped here with our VW planning to spend a night and ending up staying for 3! The owners couldn't have been more helpful and the onsite restaurant surpassed our expectations (*still hankering for that goat's cheese). We also rented canoes for about 40 euro (as far as I can remember) – the lake was also good for swimming. Would thoroughly recommend. 

Mar 19, 2014 by Anon

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