Munich to Salzburg Cycling Holiday

A wonderful cycling holiday that links the cities of Munich and Salzburg with a spectacular ride through some of Bavaria’s most awe-inspiring scenery. Spend a night in the exciting city of Munich before riding into a world of charming villages, clear alpine lakes, rolling hills and soaring mountains. The charming, historic city of Salzburg is the perfect finale.

Munich is the starting point for this fascinating journey through Bavaria. Drink in the atmosphere as well as a frothy stein of beer at one of many splendid beer gardens. If art and museums are your thing then head for the city’s “Kunstareal”. This art quarter houses a number of galleries and museums with high quality collections to peruse at your leisure.

Lake Chiemsee

Your cycle route leads you south out of the city into the green countryside of Bavaria. Small rivers and streams will lead you through forests to clear alpine lakes and the alps create a stunning backdrop to your ride.

Highlights of the route include the charming market town of Bad Tölz, the scenic perfection of Lake Schliersee and idyllic Bavarian villages such as Inzell and Bad Feilnbach.

Finally you enter the Baroque city of Salzburg in Austria – birthplace of the world-renowned composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a beautiful setting to celebrate your achievement.

This is a leisurely tour with a few hilly sections. Hills occur most particularly between Bad Tölz and Bad Feilenbach, where there will be some climbs to contend with but nothing too steep. The route follows bicycle paths, service roads and minor roads with a couple of unavoidable, short sections on busy roads.

Munich to Salzburg Cycling Holiday

A wonderful cycling holiday that links the cities of Munich and Salzburg with a spectacular ride through some of Bavaria’s most awe-inspiring scenery. Spend a night in the exciting city of Munich before riding into a world of charming villages, clear alpine lakes, rolling hills and soaring mountains. The charming, historic city of Salzburg is the perfect finale.

Munich is the starting point for this fascinating journey through Bavaria. Drink in the atmosphere as well as a frothy stein of beer at one of many splendid beer gardens. If art and museums are your thing then head for the city’s “Kunstareal”. This art quarter houses a number of galleries and museums with high quality collections to peruse at your leisure.

Lake Chiemsee

Your cycle route leads you south out of the city into the green countryside of Bavaria. Small rivers and streams will lead you through forests to clear alpine lakes and the alps create a stunning backdrop to your ride.

Highlights of the route include the charming market town of Bad Tölz, the scenic perfection of Lake Schliersee and idyllic Bavarian villages such as Inzell and Bad Feilnbach.

Finally you enter the Baroque city of Salzburg in Austria – birthplace of the world-renowned composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a beautiful setting to celebrate your achievement.

This is a leisurely tour with a few hilly sections. Hills occur most particularly between Bad Tölz and Bad Feilenbach, where there will be some climbs to contend with but nothing too steep. The route follows bicycle paths, service roads and minor roads with a couple of unavoidable, short sections on busy roads.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Munich

On arrival in Munich make your way to your first hotel. After you check-in to your hotel the remainder of your day is free to enjoy the capital city of the Free State of Bavaria. Why not toast the beginning of your cycle tour, in one of the city’s numerous beer gardens and enjoy a ‘Radlermaß’ – a glass of beer and lemonade.

Day 2 : Munich – Bad Tölz
37 miles/60 kms

Departing this cosmopolitan city, you will join the Isar cycle route, following the Iser river towards Bad Tölz. En route you will pass through shady forests and the small towns of Wolfratshausen and Geretsried. Bad Tölz is situated at the crossroads of two historic trade routes – the Isar River and the old salt route between Reichenhall and Allgaeu. Its location at this strategic junction allowed it to become a thriving trading centre and generated many wealthy inhabitants, who built ornate mansions to flaunt their wealth.

Day 3 : Bad Tölz – Lake Schliersee
21 miles/35 kms

Today, you begin to experience the stunningly-beautiful Bavarian alpine lake scenery. Cycle over gently rolling hills, to Lake Tegernsee and the small town of Gmund from where the panoramic views are magnificent. Our top tip here is to take a boat trip on the lake to see it from another perspective, or even go for a swim! Afterwards you will cycle along the Königssee bike path to Lake Schliersee – a beautiful location for your overnight stay.

Day 4 : Lake Schliersee – Bad Feilnbach
21 to 31 miles/35 to 50 kms

After breakfast you depart for Bad Feilnbach. The route will take you along the lake shore, with the opportunity to drink in more of the lovely views and surrounding landscapes, before taking on some slightly hilly sections to reach Bad Feilnbach. This area enjoys a mild climate allowing extensive fruit orchards to flourish.

Day 5 : Bad Feilnbach – Lake Chiemsee
19 to 27 miles/30 to 45 kms

Bavaria’s Kollerfilze is the largest peat mining area of the region and your journey will take you through here, en route to Neubeuern. The town of Neubeuern, which in 1981 was elected ‘most beautiful village of Germany’, has a history of shipbuilding. Evidence of this can be seen in the many two-crossed ship hooks that adorn buildings all over town. From here you will continue via Frasdorf at the foot of the Chiemgau Mountains to Lake Chiemsee. You’ll spend the night on the southern shore of this idyllic lake. Why not take a boat trip to the small islands of Herrenchiemsee and Frauenchiemsee?

Day 6 : Lake Chiemsee – Inzell
31 miles/50 kms

Despite the mountains around you, now reaching higher elevations, your cycle path remains relatively flat, as you journey along the foot of Mount Hochfelln (1674m), through the marshes of ‘Bergener Moos’. You will continue via the healing spring of Bad Adelholzen, to Siegsdorf. Here we recommend a visit to the Natural History and Mammoth Museum before continuing along the river Rote Traun to the idyllic town of Inzell. The village townhouses are beautifully decorated with the famous Lueftlmalerei paintings and are a must-see.

Day 7 : Inzell – Salzburg
34 miles/55 kms

our final day of cycling brings you to the charming city of Salzburg. You will ride along quiet lanes through the mountains, before continuing along the Saalach River to the spa town of Bad Reichenhall – a traditional salt mining spa town. As your cycle draws to an end, you cross the border from Bavaria into Austria and your final destination – Salzburg. Must sees include the Getreidegasse – a marvellous, old-world shopping street where ornate, wrought iron signs depict what is being sold within. Here, you can also visit the birthplace of the city’s most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the composer lived at No. 9 until he was 17 years old. The city’s most prominent landmark, Hohensalzburg Fortress is also worth visiting and don’t worry about the climb as there’s a funicular railway to whisk you to the top.

Day 8 : Salzburg - End of trip

After breakfast its 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: Hotel Sheraton Westpark

Bad Tölz: Kolberbräu

Schliersee: Gästehaus am Kurpark

Bad Feilnbach: Kistlerwirt

Chiemsee: Jägerhof

Inzell: Alpinhotel Inzeller

Salzburg: Hotel Ganslhof

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

Getting there

Fly to Munich or Salzburg

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Take the train from Salzburg to Munich.

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