What to expect
Tour between the sparkling freshwater lakes of southern Bavaria, cycling with a backdrop of the forested slopes and snow-dusted peaks of the Bavarian Alps. You’ll ride along quiet country roads, scenic lanes and riverside paths – the cycling is mostly undemanding with a few gentle inclines. As you pedal through green forests, marshlands and alpine foothills, you’ll pass lakeside market towns and traditional Bavarian villages.
After following the River Isar through quiet valleys and green gorges, a short train ride will help you gain altitude and the view from Germany’s highest mountain makes a magnificent halfway highlight. The palaces and vibrant streets of Munich are a wonderful place to start and finish, and when you arrive back into the city after six days of cycling, look forward to a local beer.
At a glance
- Glistening blue lakes backed by the beautiful Bavarian Alps
- Outstanding Alpine views from Germany’s highest mountain
- Traditional Bavarian towns and the grand palaces of Munich
- Leisurely cycling, with a few gentle inclines, predominantly on cycle paths
Arrive in Munich
Make your way to the Bavarian capital of Munich and visit the Grunwald Castle museum or the nearby Bavarian film studios.
Munich - Murnau
40 miles (65 km)
Cross the forested Forstenrieder Park to reach the blue waters of Lake Starnberg and pedal along the lakeside cycle path to the region of Seeshaupt. Continue along scenic roads, passing ancient Bavarian villages to arrive in the market town of Murnau on the shore of Lake Staffelsee.
If today's cycling is too long for you, we have the option of halving the distance by starting in Bernried.
Murnau - Garmisch Partenkirchen
25 miles (40 km)
Cross the marshlands of Murnauer Moos nature reserve and pedal alongside the River Loisach through unspoilt countryside to the famous Olympic town of Garmisch Partenkirchen. Take the Zugspitzbahn mountain railway up to Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze (2,962m) for stunning views across the Alps.
Garmisch Partenkirchen - Wallgau
28 miles (45 km)
Take the train to Scharnitz, Austria gaining 300m in height, before an optional cycle slightly uphill through wild and idyllic gorges to the source of the River Isar. Enjoy the downhill ride through a gorgeous valley, with views to the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountains. Arrive in the traditional Bavarian town of Wallgau.
Wallgau - Bad Tölz
31 miles (50 km)
Follow the crystal clear waters of the beautiful Lake Sylvenstein and continue through rural countryside to the former trading centre of Bad Tölz, home to richly decorated buildings.
Bad Tölz - Lake Tegern - Bad Tölz
28 miles (45 km)
Cycle through the scenic Tegernsee countryside to Gmünd at Lake Tegernsee, for a panoramic view of the lake. Follow the Gaißbach Valley back to Bad Tölz and take a stroll down the famous Tölzer Market Street.
Bad Tölz - Munich
37 miles (60 km)
Continue along the Isar cycle path via typical Bavarian towns, before making a few brief ascents on the route back to Munich.
Depart from Munich
Check out after breakfast and make your way home or continue your holiday.
3* Hotels & 4* in Munich
We use a pool of hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination. The 4* hotel in Munich is located directly on the cycle path for easy access out of the city and onto the route.
- 3* hotels and one 4* hotel in Munich
- Breakfast included, half board available
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transferred each day
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights accommodation: 3 star hotels and a 4 star hotel in Munich
- Board basis: Bed and breakfast
- Luggage transportation
- Maps and route information (GPS route available on request)
- Welcome meeting
- Local contact number for assistance
- Train journey from Garmisch Partenkirchen to Scharnitz (not including bike cost approx €5)
- One typical Bavarian breakfast of white sausage and sweet mustard
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Local taxes
- Tourist tax
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier, handlebar bag, comfortable gel saddle, repair kit, spare inner tube, pump and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike
Hybrid with 21 or 7 gears
You can add these when you price your trip
How to Get There
Fly to Munich
Take a taxi from the airport to the centre (approx. 40 minutes) or a train and a tube.
Take a taxi to the airport from the centre (approx. 40 minutes) or a tube and a train.
Fly from Munich
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This is my second trip with Freedom Treks. Organisation on the German side was very efficient as expected. Bike pick up went easily and e-bike option was worth it with new long-range battery bikes. I would recommend for the less trained rider on this trip as there were a number of hills and climbs on unpaved mountain tracks. The trip was from Munich into the Bavarian Alps and back. Day 1 from Munich was unfortunately wet wet wet. We had the right gear for this, which helped a lot. Fortunately, we used the train option about half way to Murnau as things really got wet. Murnau was welcoming. Weather improved on the subsequent five days. While it was cold and we even saw some snow flurries, the sun did appear. The cold weather was not typical of this time of year. Last year’s weather for same time showed average 24 degrees. Obviously, it helped being prepared with the right gear for an early May trip. Riding up to Garmisch was beautiful with wonderful vistas of mountains and forests. The ride to the Isarsprung was on an unpaved road- alpine scenery was breath-taking. Walgau was a quaint Bavarian village. Two days in Bad Tölz allowed for a round trip to Tegernsee . Again, a nice scenic ride. Sunniest and warmest day was day 6 on the 60km back to Munich. All hotels were neat clean and tidy with good hot and cold breakfast options. Could really fuel up and avoid a big lunch. Would I do it again? Yes. May is a good time to ride. We just lucked out a bit with the sun. Less tourists and traffic than I would expect in June or July. Finally, I managed to convince my wife to come along this time. She does not cycle a lot, but with the e-bike option managed the 350 km round trip amazingly well.Andis Graudins , May 2019
Tremendous trip, varied with stunning scenery and excellent cycling. We needed the E bikes for the hills and they coped admirably.Paul Ridout, UK, June 2018