Marienplatz in Munich, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Graeme Churchard

Hohenschwangau village and Castle as viewed from Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Abelson
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Bavarian Lakes

Germany Bike Tours

Bike Munich and the Bavarian Lakes in Southern Germany!

  • This bike tour along the best of the Bavarian Lakes begins and end in Munich. As you cycle, you will be surrounded by glorious mountain panoramas and deep blue lakes, and pass through typical Bavarian villages. The route includes well sign posted and paved cycle paths including Isar, Lake of Constance King's Sea, and Via Bavarica Tyrolensis

    Highlights:

    • Munich
    • View over romantic Riegsee
    • Highest peak of Germany
    • Source of the Isar
    • Panoramic views
    • Bavarian history culture, food, landscapes
    • Pristine lakes

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  •  7 days8 days9 days
    Season 1 £ 553 $ 983 675 NOK 6638 kr 6127 $ 797 £ 619 $ 1,100 755 NOK 7424 kr 6853 $ 891 £ 676 $ 1,202 825 NOK 8113 kr 7488 $ 974
    Season 2 £ 586 $ 1,042 715 NOK 7031 kr 6490 $ 844 £ 660 $ 1,173 805 NOK 7916 kr 7307 $ 950 £ 717 $ 1,275 875 NOK 8604 kr 7942 $ 1,033
    Season 3 £ 619 $ 1,100 755 NOK 7424 kr 6853 $ 891 £ 684 $ 1,216 835 NOK 8211 kr 7579 $ 985 £ 742 $ 1,318 905 NOK 8899 kr 8215 $ 1,068
    Single supplement £ 143 $ 255 175 NOK 1721 kr 1588 $ 207 £ 164 $ 291 200 NOK 1967 kr 1815 $ 236 £ 188 $ 335 230 NOK 2262 kr 2088 $ 271

    Triple and quad room discounts on request.

    Season 1: April 14 to April 21, 2018
    Season 2: April 22 to May 26 and September 7 to September 12, 2018
    Season 3: May 27 to September 6, 2018

     

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 82 $ 146 100 NOK 983 kr 908 $ 118 Extra nights:
    Munich:
    Double/twin: £ 66 $ 117 80 NOK 787 kr 726 $ 94   Single: £ 103 $ 184 126 NOK 1239 kr 1144 $ 149 Other towns:
    Double/twin: £ 53 $ 95 65 NOK 639 kr 590 $ 77 Single: £ 74 $ 131 90 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106 Bicycle helmets (request in advance):  £ 12 $ 22 15 NOK 148 kr 136 $ 18

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Munich.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. Average high/low temperatures in °F for Munich: April 53°/36°, May 63°/44°, June 68°/50°, July 72°/54°, August 73°/54°, and September 66°/48°

    Remarks

    Electric bicycle available for this tour!


Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate self-guided hotel tour. Distances cycled per day range from 22 to 40 miles. You will cycle on a varied terrain that does include uphill terrain each day. You’ll ride on great bike paths and small side streets. Main roads are used only for short distances. Headwinds can be a factor during the Spring.

Where You’ll Stay

Selected 3 and 4 star hotels.

What’s Included

  • Overnight accommodations in hotels and inns of category 3 or 4 star
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Detailed travel documents (route descriptions, maps, tourist information)
  • Voucher book of the region Munich/Starnberg with many discount coupons
  • Bicycle available for rental will be the NuVinci internal gear shift hub unisex free wheel bike with two pannier bags, odometer, air pump, repair kit and lock
  • Luggage transfer (unlimited number of pieces per person)
  • Route descriptions & maps (1 set per booked room)
  • Train Garmisch Partenkirchen to Scharnitz
  • 7 day service hotline

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to Munich
  • Visitor's tax (to be paid on arrival) €2-5 per person
  • Lunches and dinners (dinner can be included for a supplement)
  • Trip insurance
  • Bike protection
  • Komoot bike navigation app
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7–9 days
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Tour Dates

Arrival possible daily from April 14 to September 12, 2018

Season 1: April 14 to April 21, 2018
Season 2: April 22 to May 26 and September 7 to September 12, 2018
Season 3: May 27 to September 6, 2018

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bavarian Lakes Map

8 Day/7 Night Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Munich
Day 2: Munich – Starnberger Lake, 22- 36 mi. (35 - 58 km)
Day 3: Starnberger Lake Murnau or Seehausen at Staffelsee, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Staffelsee - Garmisch - Partenkirchen – Staffelsee, 25 mi. (40 km + train ride)
Day 5: Seehausen at Staffelsee - Bad Tölz, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 6: Bad Tölz - Lake Tegern,12 mi. - 37 mi.(20 - 60 km)
Day 7: Lake Tegern - Munich, 16 - 40mi. (25 - 65 km)
Day 8: Departure from Munich

All distances are approximate

Day 1: Arrival in Munich 
After arrival and check-in, you can take the rest of the day to explore Bavaria's capital city, visiting sights such as the English garden, town hall, or the Hofbräuhaus (brewery).  

Day 2: Munich – Starnberger Lake, 22 - 36 mi. (35 - 58  km),  Elevation gain ~990 ft (302 m)
Your first cycling tour brings you from Munich via the Weßlinger and Pilsensee lakes to the Ammersee Lake, the third largest lake in Bavaria. Have a short rest in Herrsching, in order to enjoy the fantastic view of the lake. After passing by the Andech monastery you will reach the Starnberger Lake. Those who would like to make today’s journey a little more comfortable, can cycle directly to the Starnberger Lake.

Day 3: Starnberger Lake - Murnau or Seehausen at Staffelsee, 28 mi. (45 km), Elevation gain ~324 ft (99 m)
Today the bike paths takes you along the eastern side of the Starnberger Lake until you reach Seeshaupt. There is a lovely bathing place just before this where you can cool yourself down. An insider’s tip on this cycling trip is the splendid view over the romantic Riegsee Lake, before you arrive at the Staffelsee Lake. Overnight stay in Murnau or in Seehausen am Staffelsee, which is approximately 2 km away. 

Day 4: Staffelsee - Garmisch - Partenkirchen – Staffelsee, 25 mi. (40 km + train ride)
In the morning you ride to the largest moorlands in middle Europe. The Murnauer mosslands came into being after the last Ice Age. Afterwards you ride along the Loisach River to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is possible to take a ride with the Zugspitzbahn up to the highest summit in Germany to enjoy the unique mountain backdrop. After this you return to the Staffelsee Lake by train (included in the travel price).

TIP: Those who prefer a little less cycling, can get to know the Staffel-/Riegsee Lake a little better.

Day 5: Seehausen at Staffelsee - Bad Tölz, 28 mi. (45 km), Elevation gain ~1'492 ft (455 m)
Today’s cycling tour first leads along the Lake Constance-Königssee Lake-cycle path to the Kochelsee Lake. From there you cycle via Benediktbeuern and Bad Heilbrunn to Bad Tölz. The health resort, known through the TV series „Der Bulle von Tölz“, has a lot to offer. The love for tradition and one’s home is still a part of everyday life here.

Day 6: Bad Tölz - Lake Tegern, 12 mi. - 37 mi. (20 - 60 km), Elevation gain ~600 ft (183 m)
Today it is possible for you to choose between different cycling tours to the Tegernsee Lake. Those wanting a comfortable bike ride can ride directly along the cycle path on the Tegernsee Lake (approx. 20 km) and can also go around the Tegernsee Lake (+ approx. 20 km).
Very athletic cyclists or mountain bikers can choose the version along the Isar to the fjord-like Sylvenstein reservoir and via the Achenpass to the Tegernsee Lake (approx. 60 km). Overnight stay in Bad Wiessee.

Day 7: Lake Tegern - Munich, 16 - 40mi. (25 - 65 km), Elevation gain ~492 ft (150 m)
The Cycle Path Via Bavarica Tyrolensis brings you directly from Tegernsee back to the Bavarian Capital. Anyone who wants can shorten the stage per Oberlandbahn to about 25 km (has to be organized by yourself).

Day 8: Individual departure from Munich

7 Day/6 Night Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Munich
The capital city of Bavaria is awaiting you and invites you to visit its many attractions (English Garden, Town Hall, Hofbräuhaus,…).

Day 2: Munich – Murnau am Staffelsee, approx. 65 km
From Munich, the tour starts with a bike ride through Forstenrieder Park to Lake Starnberg. Then you will cycle on the lakeside road to Seeshaupt. You will continue on wonderful ways through rustic Bavarian towns, past the Osterseen lakes and Lake Riegsee to Murnau am Staffelsee.

Day 3: Murnau – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, approx. 40 km
First, you will cycle through the natural reserve called Murnauer Moos (largest swamp area of Central Europe). Later, you will continue your tour through unspoiled nature following the River Loisach to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The stage is intentionally brief. Therefore, there is still enough time for an individual trip with the Zugspitzbahn, a mountain railway. At an altitude of 2962 meters, you will have a wonderful view of the Alps.

Day 4: Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Wallgau, approx. 45 km
You will take the train to Scharnitz to bridge an altitude of 300 meters. From there, you will cycle uphill through wildly romantic gorges and lush meadows to the spring of the River Isar. Afterwards, you will cycle back through a sunny valley where you will have a marvellous panoramic view of the mountains of Karwendel and Wettersteingebirge, passing Mittenwald and finally arriving in Wallgau – a place where the Bavarian tradition is still a part of everyday life.

Day 5: Bad Tölz, approx. 50 km
Out of Wallgau, pass Isarwinkel, following the turquoise-blue water, the route leads to the impressive Sylvenstein Lake. Crossing the charming landscapes surrounding Lenggries you will come to Bad Tölz. This town is famous for being the crossing of two trading routes (the Isar and the old salt route from Reichenhall to Allgäu) Bad Tölz developed quickly into a booming trading post. The richly decorated middle class houses are evidence of the golden age.

Day 6: Bad Tölz – Munich, approx. 60 km
Be sure to visit Tölzer market street or  the baroque double church with the two slender towers (“crown from Tölz”) on the Kalvarienberg, before you cycle along the glacier
green Isar towards Munich. You go direct on the Isar cycle path through Geretsried and Wolfratshausen through the “Grünwalder” forest to Grünwald. The white pebbles beaches invite you to stay. Today's stage to Munich is rich in tourist attractions (monastery Schäftlarn, movie city Geiselgasteig, Hellabrunn Zoo,...).
Alternatively there is the possibility to go from Bad Tölz to Holzkirchen by Oberlandbahn (on your own) and from there to cycle to Munich (approx. 35 km).

Day 7: Departure or extension

9 Day/8 Night Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Munich
The capital city of Bavaria is awaiting you and invites you to visit its many attractions (English Garden, Town Hall, Hofbräuhaus,…).

Day 2: Munich – Lake Starnberg, approx. 35/58 km
Your first bike stage leads you from Munich via the lakes Weßlinger and Pilsensee to lake Ammersee, the third largest lake in Bavaria. Allow yourselves a little break in Herrsching to enjoy the fantastic view over the lake. Past the Abbey Andechs you reach Lake Starnberg. For those who would like to start the trip more comfortable can cycle directly to Lake Starnberg.

Day 3:Murnau - Seehausen am Staffelsee, approx. 45 km
Along the east side of Lake Starnberg you cycle till Seeshaupt. Shortly before, there is a nice swimming area where you can cool off on hot days. A real insider tip is the fantastic view over the Riegsee, before you reach Murnau am Staffelsee.

Day 4: Murnau – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, approx. 40 km
First, you will cycle through the natural reserve called Murnauer Moos (largest swamp area of Central Europe). Later, you will continue your tour through unspoiled nature following the River Loisach to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The stage is intentionally brief. Therefore, there is still enough time for an individual trip with the Zugspitzbahn, a mountain railway. At an altitude of 2962 meters, you will have a wonderful view of the Alps.

Day 5: Source of the Isar river – Wallgau/Krün,  (train ride + approx. 45 km)
You will take the train to Scharnitz to bridge an altitude of 300 meters. From there, you will cycle uphill through wildly romantic gorges and lush meadows to the spring of the River Isar. Afterwards, you will cycle back through a sunny valley where you will have a marvellous panoramic view of the mountains of Karwendel and Wettersteingebirge, passing Mittenwald and finally arriving in Wallgau – a place where the Bavarian tradition is still a part of everyday life.

Day 6: Bad Tölz, approx. 50 km
Passing the Isarwinkel, you will follow the crystal-clear, turquoise waters of the impressive Lake Sylvenstein. Cycling through charming landscapes, you will pass Lenggries and finally arrive in Bad Tölz. The location at the crossroads of two trade routes - the River Isar and the old salt route from Reichenhall to Allgäu - quickly became a thriving trading centre. The ornate mansions testify the golden age.

Day 7: Tegernsee, approx.  20 - 40 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. Following the valley Gaißbach, you will come back to Bad Tölz. The thermal waters of the famous spa “Alpamare” will help you to refresh your tired muscles. The Tölzer Market Street invites you to learn more about the famous television series “Der Bulle von Tölz”.

Day 8: Munich, approx.  20 - 65 km
The Isar bike way leads you from Bad Tölz over Geretsried and Wolfratshausen directly to Grünwald. After a few short climbs you will arrive back in Bavaria’s state capital Munich, where you can explore its countless sights and attractions.

Day 9: Departure or extension

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Customer Feedback

  • Jeffery G. 2 weeks ago

    From forest paths at the outskirts of Munich to steep gravel trails en route to the source of the Isar, the tour featured a mind-blowing range of scenery and terrain. We pedaled more than 300 km in five days. Just one rainy day; we had to imagine the approach to Garmisch-Partenkirchen would've been all the more impressive under clear skies! Our bikes were custom made for touring, with seamless gear shifting and panniers. We built a couple of rest days into the schedule (we're by no means Tour de France contenders) but on a "day off" I got back on the horse and did a loop through the rolling forests and farms between Bad Tölz and the lakeside town of Bad Wiessee, on sparkling Tegernsee, a favourite of kitesurfers. By the final stage, Bad Tölz to Munich, the Alps had receded but the spectacular landscapes continued: woods, ravines and the crystal clear Isar River never far from our puncture-resistant tires. An amazing experience.

  • Susanna from Tripsite 2 months ago

    If I have to describe this tour in a few words I would say: Green landscapes, horses, Beer gardens, Rivers&Lakes with mountain views. Through every forest, I rode through, I was surrounded of beautiful melodies of singing birds. The beautiful landscapes are filled with horse ranches, hayfields, and rivers. As further south you go the mountain range starts appearing at the horizon that boarders with Austria. The locals are very friendly and the hotel staff was always helpful with local recommendation.
    I also loved my bicycle with its NuVinci internal gearshift, it made it so much easier to shift on the uphill terrain.
    All of my hotels were clean and comfortable. I especially enjoyed the hotels run by its owners in the smaller towns.
    The map and route booked is a great help but you want to ask for the GPS-tracks. I got lost 2x because I wasn't paying attention on the maps. I strongly recommend downloading the GPS-Tracks on your smart device or GPS device.
    I did this tour in mid-May and I remember dealing with headwinds while riding south. This made the skill level of this tour feel harder than what I expected. Looking at the climate of the area June - October has definitely calmer winds.
    Ask me if you any questions.

  • Patsy and John V. 11 months ago

    Most Memorable Part: Getting lost!
    The Bavarian Lakes region is lovely and not many travelers that I know have been there. Despite a cool rainy spell, we enjoyed our ride. When it was pouring rain for 2 days, Eurobike transferred us with our luggage and we were quite happy that they allowed this. The lakes and historic old towns were interesting and the countryside was outstanding. September may be a little late in the season to do this ride; the temperature was in the 50's and 60's and the rain was a problem.

  • Brad T. 1 year ago

    Riding through southern Bavaria was simply beautiful. Murnau, Garmisch and Wallgau were amazing towns. The route that this ride took was perfect, if only the bikes were better. Close to a third of this trip was on gravel/dirt roads, with a few decent climbs, and the heavy clunky bikes definitely took away from the enjoyment. This was my second trip through Tripsite, but I would be hesitant to do it again or recommend it to others simply because of how bad the bikes are.

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