Glas and Art

An exceptional piece of art is about to emerge, in Regen,
a small town in the „Bayerischer Wald“ (Bavarian Forrest), one of the biggest coherent woody mountains in europe.

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In progress of the so called „Glasstraße Bayerischer Wald“ the „Forrest of Glass“ (Der Gläserne Wald) was created near the castle of Weißenstein close to Regen. Following an idea by Charly Rödl, the chief of local tourist information, trees made of glass were created by several ‚glassartists‘, such as Rudi Schmid.
The site was choosen for many reasons.
The first lords of the castle, named Degenberger, owned the first glassworks in the Bavarian-Bohemian forrest, too.
The „Forrest of Glass“ is placed above the „Pfahl“. A filling consisting of the Material quartz that has been developed because of tectonical movements and is now rising above the level of the Bavarian Forrest. Expecially this quartz rocks are very important for the production of glass.
The product glass was and still is an important economic factor for this area.
The “Forrest of Glass” in Regen was created to show everyone that glass can be used as building material for art. It resists storm and rain in the middle of nature.
Glass ownes that particular property to appear as a crystal at any time – but especially at a certain light.
The “Forest of Glass”, unique in the world, with artificial trees rising up to 26 ft., in the middle of nature and free assessable to everybody – the heart of the “Glasstraße Bayerischer Wald”.
But here are many other sights beside this. “Faszination Weißenstein” (Fascinating Weißenstein) means a lot more.
There is for example the “Fressende Haus”, the remains of the old castle of Weißenstein.
The author Siegfried von Vegesack lived an worked here from 1918 to 1974.
The tower, the former granary, contains his study and composing room as well as several other exhibitions.
Further you can see the chapel of the castle with the traditional “deathblanks” (Totenbretter).
And of course there is the “Pfahl”, an “earth wound” of quartz, as an intersection of many historical roads, such as the old trading route between Bavaria and Bohemia.
From the top of the castle tower the whole central Bavarian Forrest can be surveyed. The run of river Regen can be seen over a long distance.
It is one of the cleanest an fishiest waters in whole Europe.
In this particular part of Bavaria the roots of different cultures are still visible. Nevertheless we fulfilled the wishes of modern tourism and now a broad range of hotels an flats is offered in this area.
The nationalpark “Bayerischer Wald” and the area around mount “Arber”, where Alpine Skiing Worldcups ar taking place, are institutions within the European tourism sector.