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 Bike Tour

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
    • The highest peak of Germany
    • Source of the Isar
    • Panoramic views
    • Bavarian history culture, food, landscapes
    • Pristine lakes

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  • 2020

     

     7 days8 days9 days
    Early season £ 547 $ 1,213 644 $ 970 NOK 6064 kr 5598 $ 728 £ 632 $ 1,401 744 $ 1121 NOK 7006 kr 6467 $ 841 £ 717 $ 1,590 844 $ 1272 NOK 7948 kr 7336 $ 954
    Season 1 £ 624 $ 1,382 734 $ 1106 NOK 6912 kr 6380 $ 829 £ 709 $ 1,571 834 $ 1257 NOK 7854 kr 7249 $ 942 £ 777 $ 1,721 914 $ 1377 NOK 8607 kr 7945 $ 1,033
    Season 2 £ 683 $ 1,514 804 $ 1211 NOK 7571 kr 6989 $ 909 £ 768 $ 1,703 904 $ 1362 NOK 8513 kr 7858 $ 1,022 £ 819 $ 1,816 964 $ 1452 NOK 9078 kr 8379 $ 1,089
    Season 3 £ 717 $ 1,590 844 $ 1272 NOK 7948 kr 7336 $ 954 £ 802 $ 1,778 944 $ 1422 NOK 8889 kr 8206 $ 1,067 £ 836 $ 1,853 984 $ 1483 NOK 9266 kr 8553 $ 1,112
    Single supplement £ 178 $ 396 210 $ 316 NOK 1978 kr 1825 $ 237 £ 195 $ 433 230 $ 347 NOK 2166 kr 1999 $ 260 £ 204 $ 452 240 $ 362 NOK 2260 kr 2086 $ 271

    Triple and quad room discounts on request.

    Early season: April 18 to April 29
    Season 1: April 30 to May 12
    Season 2: May 13 to June 19
    Season 3: June 20 to September 11

    Surcharge could occur with overnight in Munich due to fairs, festivals, etc.

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental (Unisex touring bike with freewheel and stepless gear shift): £ 89 $ 198 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119

    Extra nights

    Munich:
    Double/twin: £ 72 $ 160 85 $ 128 NOK 800 kr 739 $ 96 Single: £ 110 $ 245 130 $ 196 NOK 1224 kr 1130 $ 147 Other towns:
    Double/twin: £ 59 $ 130 69 $ 104 NOK 650 kr 600 $ 78 Single: £ 80 $ 177 94 $ 142 NOK 885 kr 817 $ 106

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Munich International Airport (MUC) located 28 km northeast of Munich, near the city of Freising.

    Local Travel

    The S1 and S8 S-Bahn lines connect the airport to the Munich city center at 10-minute intervals. The S1 travels via the west of the city and the S8 via the east. The trip to the main railway station at the city center (Hauptbahnhof München) takes approx. 35 minutes. You can take a taxi from Central Station to your first hotel or public transportation.

    Climate

    The Bavaria region lies in the continental climate zone with distinct seasons. Between May and September, skies are mostly sunny and temperatures are pleasantly warm. Please check local conditions before arrival. A good web site to visit to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and more is weatherbase.com. 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!

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


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 cycle on well-signposted and paved cycle paths (Isar, Lake Constance, King’s Sea, and Bavarica Tyrolensis cycle path) as well as on quiet side roads, very short sections on main roads, and partially unpaved roads.

Where You’ll Stay

3 and 4 star hotels and inns

What’s Included

  • Overnight accommodations in 3 and 4-star hotels and inns
  • 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 freewheel bike with two pannier bags, odometer, air pump, repair kit and lock
  • Luggage transfer (unlimited number of pieces per person) between 9 am and 6 pm
  • Route descriptions and maps (1 set per booked room)
  • GPS data on request
  • 7-day service hotline

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to Munich
  • Train Garmisch Partenkirchen to Scharnitz
  • Any other train travel or scenic rides mentioned in itinerary
  • Visitor's tax (to be paid on arrival) €2-5 per person
  • Remaining meals
  • Komoot bike navigation app
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7–9 days
From644 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Daily arrivals from April 18 to September 11, 2020

Early season: April 18 to April 29
Season 1: April 30 to May 12
Season 2: May 13 to June 19
Season 3: June 20 to September 11

 

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bavarian Lakes Map

8 Day/7 Night Tour

Day 1: Munich 
Day 2: Munich - Seehausen am Staffelsee, 31 to 44 mi. (50 to 70 km) 
Day 3: Staffelsee - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 25 mi. (40 km) 
Day 4: Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Wallgau/Krün, 28 or 45 mi. (45 or 72 km)
Day 5: Wallgau/Krün - Bad Tölz, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Day 6: Bad Tölz - Tegernsee, 12 - 25 mi. (20 - 40 km) 
Day 7: Tegernsee - Munich, 16 - 40 mi. (25 - 65 km) 
Day 8: Individual Departure 

Day 1: Munich 
Individual arrival to the Bavarian capital. Worth seeing is the English garden with its Chinese tower, the church Frauenkirche and the Nymphenburg Palace. 

Day 2: Munich - Seehausen am Staffelsee, 31 to 44 mi. (50 to 70 km) 
Your first bike stage leads you through the Forstenrieder Park to Lake Starnberg. You can cycle along the Lake or shorten the stage to approx. 48 km by boat (on your own, possible daily from 01st May). A real insider hint is a gorgeous view over the romantic Riegsee before you reach the artist place Murnau am Staffelsee. 

Day 3: Seehausen am Staffelsee -  Garmisch- Partenkirchen, 25 mi. (40 km) 
In the morning you cycle to the largest moor area of Central Europe. The “Murnauer Moos” arose after the last Ice Age. After that you go along the crystal-clear river Loisach to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is possible to go to the highest peak of Germany by train “Zugspitzbahn” and enjoy the unique mountain stage and the clear mountain air. 

Day 4: Garmisch- Partenkirchen  - Wallgau/Krün, 28 or 45 mi. (45 or 72 km)
By bike or train, first to Scharnitz. Train ticket is not included.  From Scharnitz you cycle to the picturesque source of the Isar. On the way back you can enjoy the magnificent panoramic view over the Karwendel Mountains. 

Day 5: Wallgau/Krün - Bad Tölz, 31 mi. (50 km)  
The stage today leads you over the Isarwinkel to Sylvensteinstausee. Across Lenggries it goes along the turquoise-blue Isar to 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 center. The ornate mansions testify the golden age.

Day 6: Bad Tölz - Tegernsee, 12 or 25 mi. (20 or 40 km) 
After a short time (approx. 20 km) you can enjoy the view over the Tegernsee and relax on the lakefront for the rest of the day. Very sportive cyclists can circle the Tegernsee (+ approx. 20 km).

Day 7: Tegernsee - Munich, 16 or 40 mi. (25 or 65 km) 
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.

Day 8: Individual Departure 
Departure or extension of trip. 

7 Day/6 Night Tour

Day 1: Munich
Day 2: Munich - Seehausen am Staffelsee, 31 or 44 mi. (50 or 70 km)
Day 3: Seehausen am Staffelsee - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Garmisch - Partenkirchen,  - Wallgau/Krün, train ride + approx. 29 mi. (45 km)  
Day 5: Wallgau/Krün - Bad Tölz, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Munich, 22 or 40 mi. (35 or 65 km)  
Day 7: Individual departure  

Day 1: Munich 
Individual arrival to the Bavarian capital. Worth seeing is the English garden with its Chinese tower, the church Frauenkirche and the Nymphenburg Palace. 

Day 2: Munich - Seehausen am Staffelsee, 31 or 44 mi. (50 or 70 km) 
Your first bike stage leads you through the Forstenrieder Park to Lake Starnberg. You can cycle along the Lake or shorten the stage to approx. 48 km by boat. This is available from May 1. A real insider hint is the gorgeous view over the romantic Riegsee before you reach the artist place Murnau am Staffelsee. 

Day 3: Seehausen am Staffelsee - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 25 mi. (40 km) 
In the morning you cycle to the largest moor area of Central Europe. The “Murnauer Moos” arose after the last Ice Age. You then bike along the crystal-clear river Loisach to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is possible to go to the highest peak of Germany by train “Zugspitzbahn” and enjoy the unique mountain stage and the clear mountain air. 

Day 4: Garmisch - Partenkirchen,  - Wallgau/Krün, train ride + approx. 29 mi. or 45 mi. (45 km + train ride or 72 km) 
Today you can start your trip with a train ride if you prefer the lesser mileage option and therefore can easily manage 300 m in altitude differences. From Scharnitz you cycle to the pictorial source of the Isar. On the way back you enjoy the magnificent panoramic view over the Karwendel Mountains. 

Day 5: Wallgau/Krün - Bad Tölz, 31 mi. (50 km)  
The stage today leads you over the Isarwinkel to Sylvensteinstausee. Across Lenggries it goes along the turquoise-blue Isar to Bad Tölz, a well know spa town. 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 center. The ornate mansions testify the golden age.

Day 6: Munich, 22 or 40 mi. (35 or 65 km) 
You must stop and visit the Tölzer market street or on 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 and through the “Grünwalder” forest to Grünwald. The white pebble benches are good place to rest. Today's stage to Munich is full of tourist attractions (monastery Schäftlarn, movie city Geiselgasteig, Hellabrunn Zoo,...). Alternatively, there is the possibility to go from Bad Tölz to Holzkirchen by Oberlandbahn (train) and from there to cycle to Munich (approx. 35 km).

Day 7: Individual departure 
Or extension of trip. 

9 Day/8 Night Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Munich
Day 2: Munich – Lake Starnberg, 22 or 36 mi. (35 or 58 km)
Day 3: Lake Starnberg  - Seehausen am Staffelsee, 28 mi. (45 km
Day 4: Seehausen am Staffelsee - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Wallgau/Krün,  28 or 45 mi. (45 or 72 km)
Day 6: Wallgau/Krün - Bad Tölz, 31 mi.  (50 km)
Day 7: Bad Tölz - Tegernsee, 13 or 25 mi. (20 or 40 km)
Day 8: Tegernsee - Munich, 16 or 41 mi. (25 or 65 km)
Day 9: Departure or extension

Day 1: Arrival in Munich
Individual arrival to the Bavarian capital. Worth seeing is the English garden with its Chinese tower, the church Frauenkirche and the Nymphenburg Palace. 

Day 2: Munich – Lake Starnberg, 22 or 36 mi. (35 or 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 less mileage, you can cycle directly to Lake Starnberg.

Day 3: Lake Starnberg  - Seehausen am Staffelsee, 28 mi. (45 km)
Along the east side of Lake Starnberg, you cycle until Seeshaupt. Shortly before arrival, 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: Seehausen am Staffelsee - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 25 mi. (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 to allow 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: Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Wallgau/Krün,  28 or 45 mi. (45 or 72 km)
You can take the train to Scharnitz to bridge an altitude of 300 meters (not included in tour price) or you can cycle the entire distance.  From Scharnitz, you will cycle uphill through wildly romantic gorges and lush meadows to the spring of the River Isar. Afterward, you will cycle back through a sunny valley where you will have a marvelous 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: Wallgau/Krün - Bad Tölz, 31 mi. (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 center. The ornate mansions testify the golden age.

Day 7: Bad Tölz - Tegernsee, 13 or 25 mi. (20 or 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: Tegernsee - Munich, 16 or 41 mi. (25 or 65 km)
The Isar bikeway 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

All distances are approximate.

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Tour Reviews

  • Maria L. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The best part was the Tirol, and the lakes were amazing.

  • Jeffery G. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    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 1 year ago     Staff

    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.
    Read more… >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. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    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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