The BF5Days has been confirmed for 2024!
New area, new maps, same format!!!

5 days of orienteering in the forests around Philippsreut and Haidmühle in the Eastern part of the Bavarian Forest, city sprint in Waldkirchen

6 - 10 July 2024

News April 2024

We had wanted to take advantage of the good weather to test out the courses and pre-mark the control sites for the BF5Days 2024. Unfortunately, we chose exactly the wrong weekend: instead of sunshine we had 20cm snow. This made our work more difficult, but the forest was even more beautiful in the snowy silence. Below are a few photos from our trip.

The first detailed information, about the Event Centre, distances from start/finish and parking are now available in a PDF: Click here for the PDF.

This year we placed particular attention to keeping the start/finish distances short. The finish is always at the Event Centre and the starts are never too far away. We have already published the provisional course lengths: click here for course lengths. 

Our Sponsor: Lang Bräu. We have secured the local brewery as our drinks sponsor. Lang Bräu will provide drinks for our helpers during the Event, as well as the prizes for the Waldkirchen City Championships. Cheers! Of course, there will be drinks and hot food on sale every day, as well as tea/coffee and cake. This will be organised by the local sport clubs. Very Important: like last year, Ivana will be there with her O-Café, offering speciality coffees.

Please remember that the first payment deadline is 1st May, so sign up and pay now to catch the discounted entry fee.

The new 2024 Event Shirt are ready!

It might have taken some time, but we finally completed the design for the 2024 BF5Days event shirts. After we opted for a more traditional Bavarian design in 2023, we have decided on a more forest-themed look for 2024 which reflects the landscape with its endless forests and rolling hills. The 2 main peaks of the area, Haidel and Dreisessel are included in the design, both are well worth a visit after one of the runs.

All merchandise has to be ordered via our online shop. After ordering, you will receive an invoice which you need to pay via bank transfer. You can then collect your shirts at the event in July.

Our usual range of T-Shirts and hoodies can be ordered in our on line shop. We also have a few of the 2023 event shirts left which are now half price.

Here is the link to our webshop, here to a few pictures of the shirts in action!


Some runners asked us for help and advice with finding the right accommodation for them, therefore we put together some information which you can read on our subpage “Accomodation”. To start with, have a look at the “Location” page to see where exactly the BF5Days will be held in 2024. We are in quite a remote part of the Bavarian Forest, but there is ample accommodation. It does need slightly more effort to find the best accommodation for your needs, the easy options of booking portals such as booking .com often to not offer the full range available and it pays out to look beyond. On the “accommodation” page, you can also find links to the booking portals of all adjacent communities (Haidmühle, Philippsreut, Mauth, Waldkirchen and Freyung).

Camper Vans
It is always a popular option to travel to orienteering events with your own camper van. The laws in Germany generally point in the direction that you have to overnight at officially recognised locations. The local tourism office has compiled a list of overnight locations which you can also find at our “Accommodation” page.


Thanks to our most important Partner!

Course Planners' Meeting 2024

Here are a few impressions of our competition area in rather bad weather conditions!
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The trail running festival through 3 countries

Surrounded by the most beautiful view in the tri-border area – the Bavarian Forest and the Bohemian Forest – the 3Kings3Hills Trailrun will take place on July 13, 2024 – on Saturday after BF5Days. With 5 different routes 3Kings has provided for every running level: 6KM, 14KM, 25KM, 40KM and 54KM – there is something for everyone! The running event is already in its third round – registration is already open. More information about the event can be found here:

Our drinks sponsor: Lang Bräu Freyung

We again managed to secure the support of the local brewery for our 2024 edition: Lang Bräu in Freyung. All winners will receive a drink out of their extensive range, inclusive their specialized locally brewed beer or their big range of lemonades. The local clubs who support our event by providing the catering will offer Lang Bräu beverages at all forest stages. Prost! 

What is included in the entry fee

Organizing and running a 5 day orienteering event in Bavarian forest is a fairly big undertaking, including over a year of planning, many visits to the area as well as hours on the computer, by many people. Here is a short list what you are getting for your entry fee:

Free parking on all 5 days, no extra parking fees!
• 4 high quality forest maps, made by Ingo Horst. Ingo updates these maps again 1 month before the event!
Land usage fees we have to pay to the property owners: Permission to run in these forests does not come cheaply.
• A well-oiled IT and timing machine: Live results, monitors and publications of the results directly after the run.
• All other services a large orienteering event offers: all relevant permission, price giving ceremony and class prices, food and drink providers, toilets,    orienteering shop and a competent and friendly event team  

  • Event Organiser: Peter Weinig, 
  • Map Maker: Ingo Horst
  • Responsible Timing and IT: Simon  Harston
  • Technical Director: Ronny Natho
  • Course Setters: Roland Vogl, Klemens Janischowski and Veikko Baath
  • Event Team: Roland & Karin Vogl and many more
  • Orienteering Shop: Sport Vogl

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