Bavarian Lakes Cycling Holiday

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 litre 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.

Tegernsee

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 3000 meters 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 and only a few very short sections on roads with more traffic, but the route is well within the reach of most leisure cyclists.

Bavarian Lakes Cycling Holiday

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 litre 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.

Tegernsee

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 3000 meters 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 and only a few very short sections on roads with more traffic, but the route is well within the reach of most leisure cyclists.

Itinerary

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. This cycle route follows easy, flat cycle paths and back roads. There are a few unpaved sections and some minor climbs to contend with and only a few very short sections on roads with more traffic, 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 whatever 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 in 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.

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. Enjoy 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 - End of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

On this tour you can choose between a regular bike, a regular Plus bike or an electric bike.

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

The regular Plus bike offers a step up in terms of components (hydraulic Magura brakes HS 11, Shimano Deore XT) and the frame provides a more sporty riding position. High quality, suntour suspension forks ensure a comfortable ride on these bikes. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available to buy (payable locally, €35). This must be advised at the time of booking.

Accommodation

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: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Munich: Sheraton Westpark

Murnau: Hotel Angerbräu

Garmisch: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

Wallgau: Posthotel Wallgau

Bad Tölz: Kolberbräu

Local taxes

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

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