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 £ 547 $ 938 685 NOK 6565 kr 6060 $ 788 £ 611 $ 1,047 765 NOK 7331 kr 6767 $ 880 £ 667 $ 1,143 835 NOK 8002 kr 7387 $ 960
    Season 2 £ 579 $ 993 725 NOK 6948 kr 6413 $ 834 £ 651 $ 1,116 815 NOK 7810 kr 7210 $ 937 £ 707 $ 1,212 885 NOK 8481 kr 7829 $ 1,018
    Season 3 £ 611 $ 1,047 765 NOK 7331 kr 6767 $ 880 £ 675 $ 1,157 845 NOK 8098 kr 7475 $ 972 £ 731 $ 1,253 915 NOK 8769 kr 8094 $ 1,052
    Single supplement £ 140 $ 240 175 NOK 1677 kr 1548 $ 201 £ 156 $ 267 195 NOK 1869 kr 1725 $ 224 £ 184 $ 315 230 NOK 2204 kr 2035 $ 265

    Triple and quad room discounts on request.


    Season 1: April 13 to April 20, 2019
    Season 2: April 21 to May 25 and September 6 to September 11, 2019
    Season 3: May 26 to September 9, 2019

    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental: £ 80 $ 137 100 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115

    Extra nights

    Munich:
    Double/twin: £ 65 $ 112 82 NOK 786 kr 725 $ 94 Single: £ 101 $ 174 127 NOK 1217 kr 1123 $ 146 Other towns:
    Double/twin: £ 53 $ 90 66 NOK 633 kr 584 $ 76 Single: £ 73 $ 125 91 NOK 872 kr 805 $ 105

    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!


Tour Dates

2019 Dates

Arrival possible daily from April 13 to September 11, 2019

Season 1: April 13 to April 20
Season 2: April 21 to May 25 and September 6 to September 11
Season 3: May 26 to September 5

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 and inns.

What’s Included

  • Overnight accommodations in 3 or 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 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

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7–9 days
From685 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bavarian Lakes Map

8 Day/7 Night Tour

Day 1: Munich 
Day 2: Murnau resp. Seehausen am Staffelsee, 30/42 mi. (48/68 km) 
Day 3: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 25 mi. (40 km) 
Day 4: Source of the Isar river – Wallgau/Krün, train ride + approx. 29 mi. (45 km) 
Day 5: Bad Tölz, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Day 6: Tegernsee, 12/25 mi. (20/40 km) 
Day 7: 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: Murnau resp. Seehausen am Staffelsee, 30/42 mi. (48/68 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 the gorgeous view over the romantic Riegsee before you reach the artist place Murnau am Staffelsee. 

Day 3: 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: Source of the Isar river - Wallgau/Krün, train ride + approx. 29 mi. (45 km) 
Today you start your trip with a train ride (included in the tour price, bike ticket on your own). You easily manage 300 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: 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 health town is well-known because of the TV series “Der Bulle von Tölz”. The love for custom and home land is daily routine here.

Day 6: Tegernsee, 12/25 mi. (20/40 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: Munich, 16/40 mi. (25/65 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 (this has to be organized by yourself). 

Day 8: Individual Departure 
Departure or extension of trip. 

7 Day/6 Night Tour

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: Murnau resp. Seehausen am Staffelsee, 30/42 mi. (48/68 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 the gorgeous view over the romantic Riegsee before you reach the artist place Murnau am Staffelsee. 

Day 3: 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: Source of the Isar river - Wallgau/Krün, train ride + approx. 29 mi. (45 km) 
Today you start your trip with a train ride (included in the tour price, bike ticket on your own). You easily manage 300 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: 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 health town is well-known because of the TV series “Der Bulle von Tölz”. The love for custom and home land is daily routine here.

Day 6: Munich, 22/40 mi. (35/65 km) 
Take absolutely a look at 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 through the “Grünwalder” forest to Grünwald. The white pebbles benches invite you to stay. Today's stage to Munich is rich at 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: Individual departure 
Or extension of trip. 

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 25/65 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

All distances are approximate.

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Customer Feedback

  • Maria L. 3 months ago

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

  • Jeffery G. 5 months 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 6 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 Read more… 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. 1 year 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. 2 years 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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