The Bayerischer Wald, or Bavarian Forest, is a region of low mountains, rivers and pastures; of wolves, wildcats and owls; of quiet towns and late-Baroque Catholic churches; and of woodcutters and small business people who double as mayors for Bavaria’s main political party, the conservative Christian Social Union.

The forest, tucked in a corner of southeast Germany, lies between the Czech Republic and Austria. The Danube rolls slowly by.

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