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Bike trip - Germany

Munich lake tour by bike

Highlights

  • 8-day bike journey incl. luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

  • Bike past Central Europe’s largest natural wetland: Murnauer Moos

  • Discover the historical and colorful townhouses in Bad Tölz

  • Enjoy stunning lake panoramas in Gmund

  • Beginner level bike tour, perfect for leisure cyclists

Description

Get to know the Bavarian nature and culture during this exciting bike tour! You will start in Munich, where you’ll pick up your bike and begin your journey on one of the country’s most beautiful lake routes. Cycle past Murnau am Staffelsee, Garmisch-Partenkitchen, Bad Tölz, and the Tegernsee — are you blown away by the stunning gorges, diverse landscape, and lush Alpine meadows? With only a few climbs, the easy bike paths are mostly asphalt side roads and ideal for beginners! The numerous lakes will tempt you to refreshing dips along the way.

Destination

Europe

Munich - Murnau am Staffelsee - Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Wallgau - Bad Tölz - Munich

The best time to travel to Munich is between June and August because of the pleasant temperatures and little rainfall. The highest average temperature is 24°C in August, and the lowest is 2°C in January.

Welcome to Munich, a city with many famous highlights: historical sights, dreamy gardens, the neo-Gothic town hall, and traditional beer gardens. Stroll through the popular destination before starting your bike tour!

If you use rental bikes, you’ll receive them and other important information for your trip from our local partner.

1 night with breakfast in Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Have you packed everything you need for the first leg of your bike trip? You will only need your daily equipment because a transfer will drop off the rest of your luggage at your next accommodation. Head out of the big city and into nature. As the crisp air blows through your hair, cycle the Isar Cycle Route toward the majestic Alps.

About 10 kilometers outside of Munish is Forstenrieder Park, once a hunting ground of the Bavarian royal family and now a venue for several events. Smell the fragrant forest scents and soak in views of the oak trees and wild animals.

As the cycle continues toward the open sky, you’ll begin to notice the trees becoming sparse as you come closer to a highlight on your bike journey. You’ve reached Lake Starnberg (in German, Würmsee). It is the fifth-largest lake in Germany and attracts many visitors with its mountain panoramas.

Bike toward the lake’s southern shore to Seeshaupt, a small village with stunning views, for your first break.

The pleasant route takes you past traditional Bavarian villages to the Osterseen (a group of lakes) and Riegsee Lake. The Caribbean blue water will tempt you for dips in the warm lakes. And don’t forget to have your camera ready! There are many fallen trees, the onion dome of Iffeldorf, and alpine panoramas that make for beautiful souvenir photos.

The last section of today will lead you to Murnau am Staffelsee in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen District.

Travel time Munich - Murnau am Staffelsee: approx. 4 hours / approx. 65 km

1 night with breakfast in Murnau am Staffelsee, Bavaria, Germany

And today is another beautiful day of biking! In a few minutes, you’ll reach the Murnauer Moos, Europe’s most extensive natural wetlands. This area is unique in Europe because of its size, cohesion, and flora and fauna. Many endangered animal and plant species find refuge here.

Then the fantastic route takes you along the Loisach river to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Relish the mountain panoramas and fresh smells as you pedal through breathtaking sceneries you’ll never forget.

You will end at today’s destination: Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The rest of the day is free to do as you wish! You can go on another excursion to Germany’s highest mountain experience aboard the Zugspitzbahn. At an altitude of 2962 meters, a stunning panorama and views of the Loisach River await you.

Travel time from Murnau to Garmisch-Partenkirchen: approx. 2 hours / approx. 40 kilometers

1 night with breakfast in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Wake up in the morning relaxed because the first part of today’s journey is by train. Then, you will arrive in Scharnitz, where you’ll go slightly uphill through gorges and lush alpine meadows until you reach Isar River’s source.

Isar River is a popular destination in Bavaria because of its gorgeous gravel banks and clean water. Ride another twelve kilometers into the Karwendel Mountains until you reach Isar’s source. Karwendel mountain peaks that line the wild Hinterau Valley characterize the picturesque landscape that surrounds you.

On the way back, more panoramas and nature views guide the way through the sunny high valley over the Mittenwald to Wallgau.

Wallgau is a magical destination because of its traditional Bavarian way of life. Discover the traditional maypole, endless pastures, folk music, colorfully painted houses, magnificent churches, and idyllic chapels.

Travel time Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Wallgau: approx. 45 km

1 night with breakfast in Wallgau, Bavaria, Germany

What’s better than a morning beneath the glistening sun and next to crystal clear, turquoise blue waters? Cycle comfortably with the pleasant breeze to Sylvensteinsee, a reservoir in the Isar valley. It lies like a fjord between the mountains and invites you to unwind amongst a breathtaking view.

Continue the adventure through the Tölzer Land region and past Lenggries’ green landscapes until you reach Bad Tölz. The intersection of two important trade routes - the Isar and the old salt road from Reichenhall to the Allgäu - made this village a flourishing trading center in its golden age. Today, you can still discover traces from the past in the ornate townhouses.

Travel time Wallgau - Bad Tölz: approx. 2.5 hours / approx. 50 km

1 night with breakfast in Bad Tölz, Bavaria, Germany

Today’s relaxing trip takes you to the surrounding area of Bad Tölz and its famous highlight: Tegernsee. As you begin to cycle through the flat country roads, you’ll have an easy climb through the shady forest paths to the Gmund am Tegernsee. The vast meadows expand through the surrounding mountain ranges, boasting incredible views you’ll never forget. If you get hungry, grab a snack and enjoy these gorgeous views in a relaxed atmosphere. Continue the ride through the famous Gaißach Valley, through a nature reserve, and then slightly uphill to Marie Stein, a former mine. Once you arrive at Tegernsee, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the impressive views of the massive lake.

After a relaxing day in Tegernsee, make your way back to Bad Tölz. In the village, we recommend a short walk on Tölzer Markstraße because it’s one of the filming sites of the well-known TV series “Der Bulle von Tölz.”

Travel time Bad Tölz - Tegernsee - Bad Tölz: approx. 2.5 hours / approx. 45 km

1 night with breakfast in Bad Tölz, Bavaria, Germany

After a replenishing breakfast, pack your bags one last time and head back to Munich. Enjoy the final stretch to the fullest, soaking in the surroundings and stopping for photo opportunities.

The Isar Cycle Route will lead you from the cozy Bad Tölz to the bustling state capital of Munich. As the beautiful river landscapes captivate you, take the time to cherish these special moments by the turquoise water and gravel banks. The route will take you away from major roads and instead along peaceful paths with wonderful views.

Once you arrive in Munich, enjoy a fresh beer in one of many beer gardens.

Travel time Bad Tölz - Munich: approx. 3.5 hours / approx. 60 km

1 night with breakfast in Munich, Bavaria, Germany

You did it! You cycled around 300 kilometers in the past week, with memories that you’ll remember for a lifetime. What was your favorite highlight? Which lake impressed you the most?

Do you want to extend your stay in Munich? Contact us, and we will happily help you with an extension!

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Sheraton Westpark****, Munich, Bavaria

The family-friendly Sheraton Westpark is near the Heimeranplatz subway station and only a five-minute drive from the historic Stachusplatz in the city center. They offer modern rooms with 32-inch flat-screen TVs, a safe, and free WiFi. At the Westend Factory, enjoy fish and meat dishes made from local products. Enjoy various snacks and homemade cakes in the lobby bar, and in the summer, you can savor lunches on the terrace.

Angerbräu***, Murnau am Staffelsee, Bavaria

The 1681 building has many stories to tell you during your stay. The interior boasts modern style amongst the original architectural style from the 17th century. In the well-equipped rooms, guests can expect the latest technological standards, modern bathrooms, a hairdryer, and some even with a bathtub. The rooms spread over three floors and can be reached by elevator.

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten***, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria

This next accommodation nestles at the foot of the Alps. Unwind and discover your relaxed wellbeing amid the Zugspitze mountain panorama. The lovingly furnished rooms offer comfortable style with wooden furniture, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, free WiFi, and a balcony with mountain views.

Gasthof Post***, Wallgau, Bavaria

The cozy, family-run Gasthof Post lies in a picturesque, chalet-style building from 1621. Its Wallgau village square location makes it the perfect starting point for your adventures in the middle of the Bavarian Alps; it’s only 12 kilometers from Walchensee and 19 kilometers from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski resort. The Berghaus-style rooms and studios offer free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and balconies with mountain views. The hotel offers free parking spaces and a breakfast buffet in a rustic restaurant with a beer garden.

Hotel Kolberbräu***, Bad Tölz, Bavaria

This 1664 building welcomes you to a lively location where you can feel the Bavarian coziness all around. The brightly decorated rooms have wooden furniture and a private bathroom. At the traditional Bavarian restaurant, enjoy German meals amongst the wood-paneled dining room and beer garden.

Closest airport: Munich International Airport

Duration of the trip: 8 days / 7 nights

Including

  • 7 nights in the mentioned accommodations or similar

    • 2 nights at Sheraton Westpark******** with breakfast in a standard room in Munich, Bavaria

    • 1 night at Angerbräu******* with breakfast in a standard room in Murnau am Staffelsee, Bavaria

    • 1 night at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten******* with breakfast in a standard room in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria

    • 1 night at Gasthof Post******* with breakfast in a standard room in Wallgau, Bavaria

    • 2 nights at Kolberbräu******* with breakfast in a standard room in Bad Tölz, Bavaria

  • Personal tour information

  • Luggage transfer between all of the hotels

  • Route guidance

  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (route maps, route description, sights, essential telephone numbers)

  • One train ride from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Scharnitz

  • One white sausage breakfast

  • Own signs on the bike paths

  • GPS data available

  • Service hotline

  • The starting price is valid during the travel period 03.04.21 - 30.04.21

Excluding

  • Getting there

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services

  • Excursions (visits, admissions, etc.)

  • Tips and personal expenses

  • Travel insurance

  • Tourist tax, if due

Notes

  • Daily arrival possible

  • Additional nights possible on request

  • Rental bikes available on request

  • Arrival from Munich train station / Munich Airport; self-travel recommended

  • Garage for a fee, payable on-site, no reservation possible/necessary

  • Free, unguarded parking spaces near the hotel, no reservation possible/necessary

  • Bike ticket for the Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Scharnitz train journey: approx. 5 EUR per bike

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