I spent some days (reflection days, to be precise) with a few colleagues in Zwiesel, a small town in the Bavarian Forest which is an extensive wooded low-mountain area in the south of Germany, Bavaria, very close to the Czech border.
The forest is magically beautiful and fascinating, with streams, rivers, glacial lakes and mystic moors. There are animals, by now extinct elsewhere, such as the capercaillie, the white backed woodpecker, and the lynx.
In addition to this, the area is known for its glassworks and the steam beer.
Here are some beautiful pictures.
Here's more on the Bavarian Nature Park, in English as well.
Here's the site of the Bavarian Forest National Park.