Together with the neighboring Bohemian Forest, the sparsely populated mountain range in eastern Bavaria constitutes the largest unbroken woodlands area in Central Europe. Numerous hiking paths and ski trails lead through the thick forest to mountain lakes, remote villages and abandoned castles. The highest mountain in the region is the Arber, which offers some of the best views in Bavaria. A cable car runs from the base of the mountain to the summit. For those who prefer a more metropolitan setting, the ancient city of Regensburg, which boasts one of the best preserved medieval old towns in Germany, is just an hour's drive away.