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Cycling the Lakes of Bavaria

Overview

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 have a few local draft beers. No matter if you are a beginner or an 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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Itinerary

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 city’s sites (English Garden, Town Hall, Hofbräuhaus etc.).

Day 2: Munich – Murnau am Staffelsee | 65 km

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.

Day 3: Murnau – Garmisch Partenkirchen | 40 km

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.

Day 4: Garmisch Partenkirchen – Wallgau | 45 km

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.

Day 5: Wallgau – Bad Tölz | 50 km

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.

Day 6: Bad Tölz – Tegernsee – Bad Tölz | 45 km

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.

Day 7: Bad Tölz – Munich | 60 km

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.

Day 8: Departure

Departure on your own or extending your tour with an additional day in Munich.

What to Expect

Accommodation

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.

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Hotel Sheraton Westpark, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Parkhotel Wallgau, ATLAS Posthotel

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!

Meals

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.

Difficulty & terrain

Overall, this is a rather easy tour, with a few short climbs that can be tackled easily by pushing the bike for a short section. 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 the end of April until late 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.

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice

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By plane

Our recommended arrival/departure airport for this holiday is the one in Munich.

By train or bus
  • 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. Munich is about 10 hours from London by train (see more details).

Inclusions

Included

  • 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
  • Train fare from Garmisch Partenkirchen – Scharnitz excl. bike
  • GPS tracks
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Ferry and bus tickets not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums
  • Tourist taxes

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Half-board evening meals (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
  • Bike rental, including bike insurance
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums
  • Extra night in Munich before/after the tour or in any of the towns along the route

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