Alpsee with Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, Germany. Photo by William A. Franklin
Murnau on Staffelsee, Bavaria, Germany. Photo via Flickr:Allie_Caulfield

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

Bavarian Lakes

Germany Bike Tours

Bike Munich and the Bavarian Lakes in Southern Germany!

  • Colorful and Baroque describe the towns you will encounter on this tour of the most famous Bavarian Lakes! Starting in Munich, home of the great Oktoberfest, the tour rides through the Forstenrieder Park to Lake Starnberg and Lake Seeshaupt. Scenic bike paths lead further through unspoilt Bavarian villages, past the Oster Lakes to Murnau am Staffelsee. Following is a ride through Murnauer Moos, the biggest moor region in Central Europe, and along the Loisbach River to Garmisch Partenkirchen. This stage is short so you can take the Zugspitzbahn high up to get a great view of the Alps. Day 4 starts with a train ride to Scharnitz, then through wildly romantic gorges and lush alpine fields to the source of the Isar.

    The wonderful Karwendel and Wetterstein Mountains through Mittenwald Forest make up the trek to Wallgau while Bad Tölz’s former golden age is revealed in its richly adorned houses. The Isar bike path takes you through Geretsried and Wolfratshausen back to Munich.

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  •  7 days8 days9 days
    Season 1 £ 632 $ 1,092 699 NOK 6641 kr 6130 $ 797 £ 705 $ 1,217 779 NOK 7401 kr 6831 $ 888 £ 786 $ 1,357 869 NOK 8256 kr 7620 $ 991
    Season 2 £ 665 $ 1,148 735 NOK 6983 kr 6445 $ 838 £ 755 $ 1,304 835 NOK 7933 kr 7322 $ 952 £ 828 $ 1,429 915 NOK 8693 kr 8024 $ 1,043
    Season 3 £ 705 $ 1,217 779 NOK 7401 kr 6831 $ 888 £ 786 $ 1,357 869 NOK 8256 kr 7620 $ 991 £ 855 $ 1,476 945 NOK 8978 kr 8287 $ 1,077
    Single supplement £ 167 $ 289 185 NOK 1758 kr 1622 $ 211 £ 185 $ 320 205 NOK 1948 kr 1798 $ 234 £ 213 $ 367 235 NOK 2233 kr 2061 $ 268
    Dinners included £ 156 $ 269 172 NOK 1634 kr 1508 $ 196 £ 178 $ 308 197 NOK 1872 kr 1728 $ 225 £ 198 $ 342 219 NOK 2081 kr 1920 $ 250

    Season 1: April 15 to May 19
    Season 2: May 20 to June 23
    Season 3: June 24 to September 2

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 90 $ 156 100 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    *Extra night in Munich (price is per person/night): £ 78 $ 134 86 NOK 817 kr 754 $ 98   Single supplement: £ 59 $ 102 65 NOK 618 kr 570 $ 74

    *Valid until September 9. Pricing for later dates, on request.

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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Where You’ll Stay

Selected 3 and 4 star hotels.

What’s Included

  • Overnight accommodations for the length of the tour
  • Personal tour information
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Additional white sausage breakfast
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Luggage transfer
  • Route descriptions & maps (1 set per booked room)
  • Train Garmisch Partenkirchen to Scharnitz (bike ticket not included, approx. €5)
  • 7 day service hotline
  • Sign posted route
  • GPS tracks (must be requested in advance)
  • Bicycle Protection

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
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length7–9 days
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Tour Dates

Arrival possible daily from April 15 to September 2, 2017

Season 1: April 15 to May 19
Season 2: May 20 to June 23
Season 3: June 24 to September 2

Skill Level

This is an easy, self-guided hotel tour. Distances cycled per day range from 22 to 40 miles. Mostly flat with a few short ascents. You’ll ride on great bike paths and small side streets. Main roads are used only for short distances.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bavarian Lakes Map

8 Day/7 Night Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Munich
Day 2: Munich – Murnau am Staffelsee (Lake), 41 mi. (65 km)
Day 3: Murnau – Garmisch Partenkirchen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Garmisch Partenkirchen – Wallgau, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 5: Wallgau – Bad Tölz, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Bad Tölz – Lake Tegern - Bad Tölz, 28 mi.  (45 km)
Day 7: Bad Tölz – Munich, 38 mi. (60 km)
Day 8: Departure from Munich

All distances are approximate. 

Day 1: Arrival in Munich
Shortly after arrival in the afternoon, you will have a welcome briefing and be given your rental bikes. 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 - Murnau am Staffelsee (Lake), 41 mi. (65 km)
From Munich, the route leads through the Forstenrieder Park to Lake Starnberg. After Starnberg, a peaceful bike path heads to the shores of Lake Seeshaupt. You will experience unspoiled Bavarian villages as you pass the Oster Lakes and the Rieg See to end up in Murnau am Staffelsee.

Day 3: Murnau - Garmisch Partenkirchen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Today the bike paths first lead you through the Murnauer Moos nature reserve (one of the biggest in Central Europe). It doesn't get much better than cycling Germany's unspoiled nature! Following the Loisbach river you will find yourself in Garmisch Partenkirchen. Garmisch and Partenkirchen were once two separate market towns and both offer charming historical centers, a wealth of culture and plenty of good old-fashioned Bavarian hospitality amid scenic surroundings. Today's ride is short on purpose so that you can take a journey 2,962 m high on the Zugspitzbahn. From here you have an amazing view of the Alps.

Day 4: Garmisch Partenkirchen - Wallgau, 28 mi. (45 km)
By train, you bridge 300 meters of altitude to Scharnitz where once again, you begin to cycle. The path ahead is slightly uphill through wildly romantic gorges and lush alpine fields to the source of the Isar river. Through the sunny high-lying valley with wonderful panoramas of the Karwendel and Wetterstein Mountains, you bike through Mittenwald (forest) to Wallgau - a village which still promotes Bavarian tradition.

Day 5: Wallgau - Bad Tölz, 31 mi. (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 - Tegernsee - Bad Tölz, 0-28 mi.  (0-45 km)
No better way to start your day than biking through the charming landscape of Lake Tegern to Gmund am Tegernsee with a picturesque lake view. Along the Gaiβbach Valley you cycle back again to Bad Tölz. The thermal springs of the famous spa "Alpamare" will make your tired muscles feel like new again. The Tölzer Market St. invites you to stroll in the footsteps of the famous television series "Der Bulle von Tölz" (The Cop from Tölz).

Day 7: Bad Tölz - Munich, 38 mi. (60 km)
Through Geretsried and Wolfratshausen to Grünwald on the Isar Bike Path, you have to overcome a few short ascents before reaching the Bavarian capital Munich with its numerous places of interest.

Day 8: Individual departure from Munich

 

7 Day/6 Night Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Munich
Welcome briefing and bike fitting. 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: Wallgau – 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 6: Bad Tölz – Munich approx. 60 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 7: Departure or extension

 

9 Day/8 Night Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Munich
Welcome briefing and bike fitting. 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. 45-60 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 Ambach or Bernried.

Day 3: Lake Starnberg – Murnau approx. 35 km
You will continue on wonderful ways through rustic Bavarian towns, past the Osterseen lakes and Lake Riegsee to 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: 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 6: Wallgau – 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: Bad Tölz – Tegernsee – Bad Tölz approx. 45 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: Bad Tölz – Munich approx. 60 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

 

DAILY ITINERARY FOR ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE STARNBERG SEE (LAKE): 

Day 1: Arrival Starnberg See
Day 2: Lake Starnberg See - Murnau, Lake Staffelsee, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 3: Murnau - Garmisch Partenkirchen, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Garmisch Partenkirchen - Wallgau, 28 mi.  (45 km)
Day 5: Wallgau - Bad Tolz, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Bad Tolz - Lake Tegernsee - Bad Tolz, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Bad Tolz - Starnberger See, 19 - 32 mi. (30 - 50 km)
Day 8: Individual departure or additional nights.

This tour is also available as 7 days / 6 nights, without Day 6, so no excursion to Tegesnee (lake).  

Tour is also available as 9 days / 8 nights, with an additional overnight at Starnberg See (lake) during the tour from Munich to Murnau.

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