Neuschwanstein Castle in Fussen (Füssen), Germany. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:taxiarchos228

Red roofs in Fussen, Germany. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Wolkenkratzer
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Romantic Road & the Bavarian Lakes

Germany Bike Tours

Bike the magnificent upper Bavaria

Via Claudia Augusta is an ancient and important Roman road completed around 47 AD. The route, known as the Romantic Road, still exists today and is extremely popular among cyclists and hikers, traversing the very ground where history was made.

The art and history of the German people will come alive as you cycle along a road that often winds through forgotten sections of the countryside, connecting walled towns and picturesque villages. Arched gateways, guard towers, gothic cathedrals, half-timbered patchwork houses, and beautiful historic hotels add to the medieval character. You will cycle through alpine pasturelands, dotted with cattle and hear their clanging bells and gaze upon the blue green waters of the many Bavarian lakes reflecting the foothills of the alps and the snow-capped peaks beyond.

Step back in time on this Bavarian fairytale!

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Tour Dates

We still have some dates remaining in 2016! Ask us!

Departures every Saturday and Sunday from April 29 to October 7, 2017

Season 1: April 29 to May 19 and September 30 to October 7, 2017
Season 2: May 20 to June 23 and September 2 to September 29, 2017
Season 3: June 24 to September 1, 2017

Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate self-guided hotel tour. For a regular cyclist, this tour is fairly easy. Routes follow bike paths and country roads with little traffic. Daily distances range from 28 to 38 miles with the whole day to complete the mileage. On the first 3 days, there are some climbs that have to be managed. After Füssen, you bike along the Lech River which is almost completely flat to Augsburg. The roads are mostly paved, but there are some long sections on gravel paths.

Where You’ll Stay

Welcoming and comfortable 3 star hotels & guesthouses.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in selected 3 star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed route descriptions & maps
  • Detailed tour information (places of interest, etc.)
  • 7-day service hotline
  • Sign posted route
  • GPS tracks (must be reserved in advance)
  • Bike protection

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to Augsburg
  • Remaining meals (lunches & dinners)
  • Trip insurance
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Romantic Road & the Bavarian Lakes Map

Day 1: Individual arrival in Augsburg
Day 2: Augsburg - Lake Wörthsee, 39 mi. (65 km)
Day 3: Lake Wörthsee - Murnau, 36 mi. (60 km)
Day 4: Murnau - Füssen/Schwangau, 36 mi. (60 km)
Day 5: Füssen/Schwangau - Schongau, 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Schongau - Landsberg/Lech, 21 mi. (35 km)
Day 7: Landsberg/Lech - Augsburg, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure from Augsburg

All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Individual arrival in Augsburg
Fly to Munich airport and take the train to Augsburg. A college town, and the second largest in Bavaria, it is also (following Trier) the second oldest city in all of Germany. Main attractions include the Perlachturm tower, built in 1182, and the Fuggerei - the world's oldest social housing project. This is a walled enclave within the city (a city within a city) that houses 200 impoverished tenants who pay a symbolic rate of one Euro annually to live in the estate. Rows of quaint yellow flats embraced by vines have stood on this street since 1523. The history of the founding of the complex by the Fugger family, specifically Jakob Fugger, is very interesting if you have time to do a little research. More than a pious contribution to society, this enormously wealthy man had some self-centered motives at heart also. If you visit, be sure to check out some of the rules for residing there, such as dogs are not allowed, cats are!

DAY 2: Augsburg - Lake Wörthsee, 39 mi. (65 km)
The day starts with a welcome briefing and distributing of bicycles. Across green meadows and through rustic Bavarian villages and towns you bike to Lake Ammersee. On the shores of the lake, cozy inns with sunny terraces and shady gardens invite you to take a break. Further on, this bike tour in Germany takes you to Lake Wörthsee which is well-known for its clean, warm water.

DAY 3: Lake Wörthsee - Murnau, 36 mi. (60 km)
On the edge of Lake Wörthsee and Lake Prisensee, you bike to the Andechs monastery. Pass little Weilheim - the monks of the surrounding 12 monasteries contributed to the modern appearance of the town. If you feel like swimming, you have an opportunity to do so in Lake Staffelsee or Lake Riegsee near Murnau.

DAY 4: Murnau - Füssen/Schwangau, 36 mi. (60 km)
Pedal your way through beautiful meadows and idyllic pastures to Füssen/Schwangau. Along the way, you can't miss the famous Wieskirche (Bavarian Rococo). Among other highlights of Füssen, you may find the oldest fresco in all of Germany in the crypt of St. Mang Basilica. It dates back to about the year 980.

DAY 5: Füssen/Schwangau - Schongau, 30 mi. (50 km)
It is recommended that you visit King Ludwig's fairytale castle in Königswinkel - Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein -  and the excavated Roman thermal bath at the valley station of Mount Tegelberg. Via Steingaden and Peiting, you will cycle along the scenic Via Claudia Augusta to Schongau.

DAY 6: Schongau - Landsberg/Lech, 21 mi. (35 km)
Schongau is an ancient Bavarian fortress. Despite its violent past, the old city wall is still in very good shape.
Today you enjoy the marvelous view over the valley of the Lech River. Altenstadt (Roman Basilica), Hochenfurch, Epfach (Roman Abodiacum, museum) and Vilgertshofen (baroque pilgrim's church) are points of interest you may want to visit before you reach Landsberg.

DAY 7: Landsberg/Lech - Augsburg, 27 mi. (45 km)
Visit the medieval old town of Landsberg/Lech surrounded by the wild Lech River. You may want to visit the historic town hall and gothic Bavarian gate. You pedal further via Kaufering am Lech (translated Kaufering on the Lech) to Königsbrunn along 11 km of the best-preserved section of the Via Claudia. Finally, you come to the old Bavarian residence Friedberg and on to Fugger city Augsburg. Many monuments from all epochs dominate the appearance of the city.

DAY 8: Departure from Augsburg

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Customer Feedback

  • W. Wittmer 3 months ago

    Our group has done bike trips with Hennie for more than ten years and in spite of a couple of days of cold rainy weather this ride had some of the most spectacular scenery we have ever encountered! As always the people of Germany are so friendly and accommodating. The beer is fantastic, the Bavarian pretzels are wonderful and food well what can one say. Overall one of our best trips!

  • Lázaro & Ana Karla 10 months ago

    We went to this tour, my wife and I, on september 2015. We enjoy at first Oktoberfest, the amazing beer festival. Then we went to Augsburg, a very nice town, to start the journey. The trip Augsburg-Worthsee was easy, but we got lost a litle bit to leave Augsburg. We have to ask for directins some times. After leaving the city, everithing goes easy.
    The hotel in Worthsee, actually, in Inning, was very comfortable.
    We faced some troubles in the tour to Murnau, but it was our fault: we turned following red signs instead of blue, that was the right color.
    After some wrong small trips, we finaly got to Murnau.
    All small cities in this tour are amazing. The churches, even in rural area, are very rich and beautiful.
    This bike tour around Bavarian was one of the most incredible trip we ever did.
    We higly recommend this trip.

  • Lázaro & Ana Karla 10 months ago

    We went to this tour, my wife and I, on september 2015. We enjoy at first Oktoberfest, the amazing beer festival. Then we went to Augsburg, a very nice town, to start the journey. The trip Augsburg-Worthsee was easy, but we got lost a litle bit to leave Augsburg. We have to ask for directins some times. After leaving the city, everithing goes easy.
    The hotel in Worthsee, actually, in Inning, was very comfortable.
    We faced some troubles in the tour to Murnau, but it was our fault: we turned following red signs instead of blue, that was the right color.
    After some wrong small trips, we finaly got to Murnau.
    All small cities in this tour are amazing. The churches, even in rural area, are very rich and beautiful.
    This bike tour around Bavarian was one of the most incredible trip we ever did.
    We higly recommend this trip.

  • Ingrid Bjerkelund 10 months ago

    Enjoyed the Bavarian Lakes and Romantic Road trip. Would like to cycle in Italy or Croatia next.

  • Kirsten Olson 10 months ago

    Beautiful ride on, for the most part, very safe roads/trails. Incredibly picturesque. I would be very happy to repeat the same trip. If I were to do it again, I'd bring a gps as we got lost a few times.

  • Heather & Andy Brown 5 years ago

    We went on this self guided tour Summer of 2010 and had an amazing time! The scenery is beautiful every miles of the way. You go through parks, forests, quaint Bavarian towns, and past some beautiful lakes. The accommodations were phenomenal. We were very satisfied with the quality and locations of the Inns. If we had to name our favorite part of this trip, it would be riding towards the Alps on our way to fussen. Definitely take a tour of the Neuschwanstein castle! The terrain on this trip is a nice challenge for any level biker.

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