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 December 2023

The maps have been made!
Ingo has completed all our forest maps for 2024, you can check out some map samples below. There will be less rock features than at Bretterschachten in 2023 but the runability of the forests is generally better. Three of the forest days will be at the ski centre near Mitterfirmiansreut where we can use a large paddock as our event centre. This enables us to have the finish right in front of the house on all 3 days with ample car parking close by. The finish at the first days (Saturday) will be not further than 400m away with parking right beside the event centre.

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.

Let's get started! News 16 October 2023

The planning for the 2024 event is progressing nicely. There are some changes to previous editions: The BF5Days 2024 will take place on the first weekend of July 2024. After 2 years in Bodenmais we are moving to a totally new area in the eastern part of the Bavarian Forest in Haidmühle and Philippsreut, close to the tri border area with Austria and Czech.

We have permission from the forest authority to run in some wonderful forests that have never been used for orienteering before. We will draw the new maps this November, you can already see where the areas are located on our Location page.

City Sprint: Of course there will be a city sprint again. We will be able to run in the historic old town of Waldkirchen, often called the most authentic historic town in all of the Bavarian forest. The old town is of course located on top of a steep hill complete with city walls and old gates, but also has a more open city park. Small passages, cobble stones, route choices and a bit of altitude gain will be part of the run!

Start times. We will again be starting in 2024 from 10 AM onwards, on three of the forest stages, in order to leave you time to visit some of the interesting sites of the region. You must take a detour to the top of Dreisessel mountain, on the border with Czech. On the first day, we start from 12.00 onwards, at the city sprint from 15.00.

Sign up: We have already published all important information on the 2024 Event Details page. You can already sign up for 2024 on OrienteeringOnline here

I hope I will see you again in 2024 in the Bavarian Forest.

Your BF5Days Team


Thanks to our most important Partner!


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 main sponsor: Brewery Viechtach

As in 2022, the brewery in Viechtach decided to be our main sponsor. All winners will receive drinks from their range of specialised beers (like the suitably named Wilder Wald i.e. Wild Forest) or one of their many lemonades (for the under 18s). 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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