Follow beautiful cycle trails through historic villages rich in Bavarian tradition.
Ride through the unspoilt Murnauer Moos, the largest marshland in Central Europe.
Enjoy scenic landscapes and crystal-clear lakes, with lots of swimming opportunities.
Take in beautiful views of the Zugspitze and Bavarian Alps.
Cycle the Isar River Path along the ice blue waters of the alpine river.
Self-guided cycling holiday in Bavaria
Discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Bavaria on this week-long cycling holiday. This tour starts and finishes in Bavaria’s lively and cosmopolitan capital, Munich. You will cycle south to explore the beautiful lake district between the city and the high peaks of the Bavarian Alps. This is a region of unspoilt natural surroundings and traditional Bavarian villages. You will discover the most beautiful corners of Bavaria, as you cycle through lush alpine meadows and wild, romantic valleys.
As you make your way southwards, the majestic peaks of the Alps come ever closer, reflected in the crystal-clear waters of lakes such as Starnbergersee, Staffelsee and Tegernsee. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen you have the option of taking a cable car to the summit of Germany’s highest peak, the mighty Zugspitze. You will then briefly cross the border into Austria, to the source of the beautiful Isar River, before following its ice blue waters all the way back to Munich.
Along the way, you will discover charming towns and villages such as Murnau, Wallgau and Bad Tölz, with colourful ornate houses and inviting beer gardens. As you finally arrive back in Munich, treat yourself to a refreshing beer in the beautiful English Garden, one of the world’s largest city parks.
|8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS||From €799 per person sharing*
*A high-season surcharge will apply during the summer months
|BIKE RENTAL||If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us. All bikes are equipped with shimano gears, highly puncture-resistant tyres, water repellent pannier bag and handlebar bag, lock, pump and puncture repair kit.
Bike hire prices
|ACCOMMODATION||7 overnight stays with continental breakfast buffet in comfortable hotels with private facilities. The accommodations are mostly 3-star hotels (4-star in Munich). You can see a sample hotel list below. The actual hotels booked may vary depending on availability, but they will be of a similar standard.|
|AVAILABILITY||You can start any day, subject to availability, between April 9th and September 10th.|
|DIFFICULTY||The difficulty level of this trip is rated as easy to moderate overall. A few short climbs can be conquered easily by pushing the bike. You will cycle on excellent 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. Overall, the eight-day cycle tour through Bavaria is a simple tour and is perfect for leisure cyclists!|
Day 1: Arrival in Munich
Arrive in Munich and check into your city centre hotel, where you will have a welcome briefing and bike fitting. If you arrive early you will have time to explore the the Marienplatz Square, Frauenkirche Cathedral and Rathaus-Glockenspiel Clock. We can also highly recommend relaxing at the outdoor beer gardens in the English Garden.
Day 2: Munich to Murnau am Staffelsee
Distance: approx. 65 km
Leaving Munich, you will first cycle through Forstenrieder Park to Lake Starnberg. You then follow the lakeside path to Seeshaupt, before continuing through rustic Bavarian towns, past the Osterseen lakes and Lake Riegsee to Murnau. You will spend the night in this charming town on the shore of Lake Staffelsee.
Overnight: Murnau am Staffelsee.
Day 3: Murnau to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Distance: approx. 40 km
You begin today by cycling through the unspoilt Murnauer Moos nature reserve (the largest marshland in Central Europe). The Murnauer Moos is home to many numerous species of animals and plants, including many colourful flowers which decorate the meadows. You can take a break in the peaceful village of Eschenlohe, located in the beautiful Loisach Valley. You then continue along the River Loisach to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with wonderful views of the Zugspitze.
Today’s stage is intentionally brief, so you will still have time if you want to take an individual trip with the Zugspitzbahn cable car to the summit of Germany’s highest mountain (ticket not included). At an altitude of 2962 meters, you will have a wonderful view of the Alps.
Day 4: Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Wallgau
Distance: approx. 45 km + train ride
Today begins with a short train ride across the Austrian border to Scharnitz* (avoiding a steep climb). From there, you cycle gently uphill through romantic gorges and lush meadows to the spring of the Isar river. You then follow the Isar River Path through a sunny valley with wonderful views of the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountains. The town of Mittenwald is well worth a stop; with its splendid ornate houses it is regarded by many as the most beautiful town in the Bavarian Alps and it was described by Goethe as “a picture book come alive”. Finally, you reach your accommodation in Wallgau, an idyllic village rich in Bavarian tradition.
*Please note that your train ticket to Scharnitz is included in the price, but there is an extra supplement of approx. €5 to bring your bike, which must be paid locally.
Day 5: Wallgau to Bad Tölz
Distance: approx. 50 km
Today you continue following the ice blue waters of the Isar river, passing the stunning Lake Sylvenstein and the picturesque village of Lenggries on your way to Bad Tölz. This attractive spa town is located at the intersection of two trade routes – the Isar River and the old salt route from Reichenhall to Allgäu – which allowed it to quickly become a thriving trading post. The ornate frescoed mansions are evidence of the town’s golden age. Bad Tölz clings tightly to its ancient customs and it is not uncommon to see locals wearing traditional Bavarian outfits.
Overnight: Bad Tölz.
Day 6: Tegernsee loop cycle
Distance: approx. 45 km
You will cycle through the scenic Tegernsee countryside to Gmund at Lake Tegernsee where you will have a beautiful panoramic view of the lake and its surrounding wooded hills. You can spend some time relaxing by the lake before returning to Bad Tölz via the Gaißbach Valley.
Overnight: Bad Tölz.
Day 7: Bad Tölz to Munich
Distance: approx. 60 km
On your final cycling day, you follow the Isar River Bike Path through Geretsried and Wolfratshausen to Grünwald. After a few short climbs you will finally arrive back in Bavaria’s state capital Munich, where you can explore its countless sights and attractions.
Day 8: Departure
Your Bavarian cycling holiday comes to an end after breakfast this morning, unless you have booked any additional services with us.