Overview for Cycling the Lakes of Bavaria
Cycle between the sparkling freshwater lakes of southern Bavaria, with a backdrop of the forested slopes and snow-covered peaks of the Bavarian Alps. You will ride along quiet country roads, scenic lanes and riverside paths, through green forests, marshlands and alpine foothills, passing by lakeside market towns and traditional Bavarian villages. The majestic Bavarian capital Munich is a wonderful place to start and finish – and to have a few local draft beers. No matter if you are beginner or experienced cyclist, this tour is the best way to immerse yourself in the unique landscapes and traditions of Bavaria.
- Munich, the capital of Bavaria
- Mountain resort town of Garmisch Partenkirchen
- Opportunities to swim in the lakes on the route
- Beatiful views of the Zugspitze
- Bavarian tradition in Bad Tölz
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Day 1: Arrival in Munich
As you arrive at your hotel you will go through our welcome briefing and bike fitting. Depending on your arrival time you can spend the rest of the day exploring the sites of the city (English Garden, Town Hall, Hofbräuhaus etc).
Accommodation: Hotel Sheraton Westpark
Day 2: Munich – Murnau am Staffelsee
The tour starts with a bike ride through Forstenrieder Park to Lake Starnberg. Then you cycle on the lakeside road to Seeshaupt continuing through the rustic Bavarian towns, past the Osterseen lakes and Lake Riegsee to Murnau am Staffelsee.
Cycling for the day: approx. 65 km
Accommodation: Hotel Griesbräu
Day 3: Murnau – Garmisch Partenkirchen
You start cycling through the nature reserve Murnauer Moos (largest swamp area of Central Europe). Later you continue through unspoiled nature following the River Loisach to Garmisch Partenkirchen. The stage is brief so you can have enough time for getting on the Zugspitzbahn (a mountain railway) which takes you at an altitude of 2962 meters from where you have a wonderful view of the Alps.
Cycling for the day: approx. 40 km
Accommodation: Vier Jahreszeiten
Day 4: Garmisch Partenkirchen – Wallgau
You take the train to Scharnitz from where you cycle uphill through scenic gorges and lush meadows to the spring of the River Isar. Afterwards you cycle back through a sunny valley where you have a marvellous panoramic view of the mountains of Karwendel and Wettersteingebirge, passing Mittenwald and finally arriving in Wallgau – a place where the Bavarian tradition is still alive and a part of everyday life.
Cycling fort he day: approx. 45 km
Accommodation: Hotel Gasthof Post
Day 5: Wallgau – Bad Tölz
Passing the Isarwinkel you follow the crystal-clear, turquoise waters of the impressive Lake Sylvenstein. Cycling through charming landscapes, you pass Lenggries and finally arrive in Bad Tölz, located at the crossroads of two trade routes – the River Isar and the old salt route from Reichenhall to Allgäu.
Cycling for the day: approx. 50 km
Accommodation: Hotel Kolberbräu
Day 6: Bad Tölz – Tegernsee – Bad Tölz
You cycle through the scenic Tegernsee countryside to Gmund at Lake Tegernsee where you have a beautiful panoramic view of the lake. Following the valley Gaißbach, you come back to Bad Tölz.
Cycling for the day: approx. 45 km
Accommodation: Hotel Kolberbräu
Day 7: Bad Tölz – Munich
The Isar bike path leads you from Bad Tölz over Geretsried and Wolfratshausen directly to Grünwald. After a few short climbs you arrive back in Bavaria’s state capital Munich, where you can enjoy some time in the city relaxing and reflecting on your experiences from the week.
Cycling for the day: approx. 60 km
Accommodation: Hotel Sheraton Westpark
Day 8: Departure or Extension
Departure on your own or extending your tour with an additional day in Munich.
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3-star hotels during the trip and a 4-star hotel in Munich. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
*Note that hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation!
Breakfast buffet is included. When no restaurant is available on the route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your accommodation or the restaurants in the town where you stay for overnight.
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Our recommended arrival/departure airport for this holiday is the one in Munich.
By Train or Car
There are good train connections in Munich. Multi-storey car park in Munich costs approx. € 49 for 8 days and approx. € 59 for 10 days, to be paid locally, no reservation possible/necessary. There is also a free car park close to the hotel.
In bigger towns, you will have no problems finding English speaking service in the hotels or restaurants. However, we suggest carrying a dictionary or a phrase book with you. Please be aware that only a few restaurants offer multi-lingual menus. The currency in Germany is the Euro (€). 112 enables anyone to call emergency services from anywhere in the European Union.
Up-to-date travel advice on Germany is available here.
Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.
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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate
Overall, this is a rather easy tour. A few short climbs can be conquered easily by pushing the bike. You will cycle on beautiful bike paths and minor roads. Main roads will only be used for short distances. The route is mostly paved; some longer passages are on forest tracks, which are in good condition (read more about difficulty grades).
Upon arrival you will receive detailed travel information with route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions and important telephone numbers.
When to Go
This trip is available from end of April until early September. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.
The climate in the region is continental, cold and temperate. Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but, in the June-September period, the daily averages are 15 – 25C. Spring and autumn are cooler with occasional rain. Expect the weather to change rapidly during the day.
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- Accommodation on B&B basis (Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast)
- Welcome briefing in English
- Luggage transfer between hotels
- Detailed travel information including route maps, route description, tourist attractions info and important telephone numbers
- Transfer by bus from Zell am Ziller to Krimml incl. your bike
- GPS tracks
- 24/7 phone support by our local office / representative
Options and Extras
- Single-room supplement (this applies to members of a group who require single-room accommodation)
- Solo traveller supplement (includes single room accommodation)
- Half-board evening meals (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
- Bike rental, including bike insurance
Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.
Other Trip-Related Costs
- Entrance fees for attractions and museums
- Ferry and bus tickets not mentioned in the itinerary
- Flights and connecting land transfers to first / from last accommodation from/to airport
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned in the program
- Tourist taxes
- Extra night in Munich before/after the tour or in any of the towns along the route