One of the last of Eastern Bavaria’s large bodies of white waters has its source at the ridge of the Bavarian Forest and flows into the river triangle in Passau, into the Danube – the Ilz. The nickname “the Black Pearl” had been given to the Ilz thanks to the moors at its river basin that had bestowed upon it its black colouring.
The valley system and the slopes of the Ilz are now home to rare plants and animals. Besides Danube salmon and black storks, European otters, beavers, and lynxes are among the most endangered species that still have the possibility of retreat and remain undisturbed. Even pearls could and can still be found in the Ilz because here, the freshwater pearl mussel that is on the verge of extinction can be found here in its natural habitat. They are strongly protected and are not allowed to be disturbed. In addition, 32 types of fish continuously live in the Ilz. In 2002 and 2003, the Ilztal region was nominated “Riverscape of the Year” for its extraordinary variety of plant and animal life. The nature reserves “Obere llz” und “Halser Ilzschleife” are located on the Ilz. Along the Ilz are the last legs of the Goldsteig and the Pandurensteig trails towards Passau. Furthermore, there is an extensive network of regional hiking trails.
Guided hikes on the Ilz also take place regularly. Information and programme: Ilz Nature Park – information centre 94142 Fürsteneck Telephone number: 0049-8555-4072986 www.naturpark-bayer-wald.de
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