Bavarian Lakes Cycling Holiday
Duration/s6, 7 or 8 nights
Start / FinishMunich / Munich
Distance190 miles/305 kms
A lazy loop ride that leads you south from Munich to Garmish Partenkirchen near the Austrian border and back again. Leisurely cycling through a region dotted with idyllic lakes, fairytale villages and jaw-dropping mountain scenery. See Murnau am Staffelsee, Garmish Partenkirchen, Wallgau, Bad Tölz and Tegernsee.
Munich is a vibrant city with much to see and do. Visit the famous Hofbraühaus to enjoy a frothy liter mug of beer while swaying to the Oom-Pah music with the locals. The City Museum of Munich offers a fascinating insight into the diverse history of the city and we also highly recommend a stroll through the wonderful Englischer Garten – a large park area in Schwabing where you can enjoy a beer and wurst in the fresh air.
Leaving the city you’ll enter a quieter world, cycling along quiet lanes past clear lakes to colourful, baroque towns and rustic villages. Murnau, a lovely old market town, enjoying an idyllic location on the shore of Lake Staffelsee is lovely place to spend the night. In Garmish-Partenkirchen we highly recommend taking the mountain railway up to a dizzying 3000meters for some amazing views of the surrounding alps.
A lovely day’s riding through quiet valleys will bring you to Wallgau, a charming town where Bavarian traditions are still very evident and part of everyday life. In Bad Tölz you can wander along the bustling ‘Tölzer‘ street admiring the baroque houses, perhaps taking a seat in one of the many cafes, bars or restaurants for a spot of people watching.
Spectacular lake views await you at Tegernsee Lake before a final day’s ride leads you gently back to the Bavarian Capital
This cycle route follows easy, flat cycle paths and back roads. There are a few unpaved sections and some minor climbs to contend with but the route is well within the reach of most leisure cyclists.
Itinerary & Map
The itinerary below describes the 7 night tour. If you opt for the shorter 6 night trip the itinerary is the same except that day 6 will be omitted. If you choose the longer 8 night trip you will break the journey on day 2 and stay in Lake Starnberg before cycling on to Murnau am Staffelsee on day 3.This cycle route follows easy, flat cycle paths and back roads. There are a few unpaved sections and some minor climbs to contend with but the route is well within the reach of most leisure cyclists.
Day 1: Arrive Munich
On arrival make your way to your first hotel in Munich. After check-in you’re free to explore the Bavarian capital. If you’ve got time a stroll in the Englischer Garten is highly recommended, but what ever you do, don’t miss the opportunity to join the locals in one of the city’s world-famous beer gardens. German sausages and salty pretzels washed down with a stein of frothy local beer i the fresh air – lovely!
Day 2: Munich – Murnau am Staffelsee, 41 miles/65 kms
Leaving Munich, your cycle tour commences with a ride south through Forstenrieder Park to Starnbergersee. This substantial lake is not far from the city but feels a world away. Follow the lakeside road to Seeshaupt at the very southernmost point of the lake then pass through typical Bavarian towns and villages and visit lakes Ostersee and Riegsee en route to the market town of Murnau am Staffelsee, on the edge of the Bavarian Alps.
If doing the 8 night trip you will stay in Lake Starnberg before cycling on to Murnau am Staffelsee on day 3.
Day 3: Murnau am Staffelsee – Garmisch Partenkirchen, 25 miles/40 kms
First you cycle through Murnauer Moos – central Europe’s largest swampland – before continuing alongside the River Loisach towards the majestic Alps and the village of Garmisch Partenkirchen. You’ll spend the night in Garmish and today’s ride is shorter than most, to give you time to take the mountain railway to almost 3,000m, where you’ll be treated to a panoramic Alpine view from the Zugspitz Mountain.
Day 4: Garmisch Partenkirchen – Wallgau, 28 miles/45 kms
You’ll start the day with a train ride to Scharnitz. Then saddle up and cycle uphill through gorges and meadows to the source of the River Isar. From there you’ll be following a valley track with views stretching across the mountains, which will take you to Wallgau, a charming small town in the very south of Bavarian where local traditions are still kept alive.
Day 5: Wallgau – Bad Tölz, 31 miles/50 kms
Cycling through the Isarwinkel area of Upper Bavaria you arrive at idyllic Lake Sylvenstein, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. There’s plenty more wonderful scenery today as you approach Bad Tölz, a fine old town on the Isar boasting many ornate mansions and grand buildings and your home for the next two nights.
Day 6: Bad Tölz – Tegernsee – Bad Tölz, 28 miles/45 kms
This day is omitted if you opt for the 6 night version of the tour
It’s a circular route today, heading out from Bad Tölz to visit more Bavarian countryside. Ride to Gmund on Lake Tegernsee, for some of the best views of the lake. Return to Bad Tölz via the Gaissbach valley. Consider a visit to the town’s Alpamare thermal spa to refresh your legs or take a stroll along the colourful Tölzer Market Street.
Day 7: Bad Tölz – Munich, 38 miles/60 kms
Leave Bad Tölz behind to follow the Isar to the thickly forested Grünwald, and you’ll be almost back in Munich. There will be a couple of short climbs to tackle en route to the Bavarian capital, where you’ll have more time to get to know one of Germany’s most appealing cities. Its museums are world-class, and it’s also a city that’s very easy and safe to make your way round by bike.
Day 8: Munich
After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.
Dates & Prices
|2018 Arrival Dates|
|Arrivals daily from 21 April to 09 September|
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|Deposit per person||£100|
Board basis: Bed & Breakfast
Maps & route information
Train Garmisch Partenkirchen - Scharnitz (excluding bikes, approximately €5)
GPS route data
Bike hire (see supplements)
Tourist tax (€2pppn, payable locally)
Half board: 7 x dinner (7 nights) (£229)
Half board: 8 x dinner (8 nights) (£256)
Extra night Munich, up to 15 Sep, double/twin (£85)
Extra night Munich, up to 15 Sep, single (£150)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information. (£84)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£201)
50% for children 6 -11 years sharing with 2 adults
25% for children 12 -14 years sharing with 2 adults
The bikes provided on this tour are modern city bikes with 21 speeds, and comfortable saddle with upright riding position The bikes also come equipped with odometer, rear pannier, lock, repair kit, handlebar bag and map holder.
Electric bikes, smaller framed children’s bikes and child seats are also available
We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, you are able to buy a helmet locally.
Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.
Superior: A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels and guesthouses.
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night
Fly to Munich
- Date - 27/06/2017
- Name - Anonymous
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - Kept us informed when there was uncertainty over the booking
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - Organisation - good.
Way marking/maps/directions - very good
Bikes - disappointing (too small and HEAVY)
Hotels - a mixed bag from excellent to OK
- Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the review. We were disappointed that you found the bikes to be too small and heavy. Measurements provided by our customers are used to calculate frame sizes and this process has until now been 100% accurate. The bikes used on these tours are specifically designed and built for the job in hand and while there are lighter models available, the frames used provide the best combination of strength, durability and weight.
- Date - 20/06/2016
- Name - Bob
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - Generally very good- we were kept well informed at the time of booking and a couple of weeks prior to the trip.
- Product rating - 5.0
- Product comment - The, route, itinerary, hotels and food were generally very good - the hotel in Wallgau stands out. The changing scenery and road surface varying from Tarmac to gravel made the trip very interesting and enjoyable. Our only problem was gear change issues with some of the bikes in our party of nine and some problems communicating with Eurobikes - but nothing that wasn't solvable.
- Flexitreks response - Many thanks for the review Bob, We're glad you and your group enjoyed your trip with us.
- Date - 13/06/2016
- Name - Jenny
- Service rating - 4.0
- Service comment - The service agent from Euro bikes was unclear with instructions. He found it difficult to speak English.
- Product rating - 4.0
- Product comment - The ride was great although a lot of the roads/ cycle ways were gravel and some quite rocky. This made it difficult to enjoy the scenery while looking to avoid the uneven track. This was for about 1/4 of the total ride. The forests and countryside were beautiful but some roads challenging
- Flexitreks response - Hi Jenny. Appreciate your point about the uneven tracks however sometimes these are the only realistic option as the alternatives are less scenic or involve busy roads. Glad you enjoyed the holiday overall.