Lakes of Southern Bavaria

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Visiting: Germany

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £717 to £1039pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code GE012
Good For Solo
Distance 190mi/305km
Runs Apr - Sep
Departs Any day
Fly to Munich
Return from Munich

Overview

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.

  • 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

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Munich

    Make your way to the Bavarian capital of Munich and visit the Grunwald Castle museum or the nearby Bavarian film studios.

  • Day 2: 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.

  • Day 3: 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.

  • Day 4: Garmisch Partenkirchen - Wallgau 28 miles (45 km)

    Take the train to Scharnitz, Austria gaining 300m in height, before cycling 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.

  • Day 5: 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.

  • Day 6: 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.

  • Day 7: 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.

  • Day 8: Depart from Munich

    Check out after breakfast and make your way home or continue your holiday.

Accommodation

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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Price includes

  • 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

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets
  • Local taxes
  • Tourist tax

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

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

21 gear unisex bike
Bike hire
£70

Hybrid with 21 or 7 gears

E-bike
E-bike hire
£165

With pannier

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Board upgrade

Half Board (3-course dinner)
£215pp

Extra nights

Munich: Double room (B&B) - prices until September 15th, later dates on request
£79pp
Munich: Single room (B&B) - prices until September 15th, later dates on request
£138pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Munich

Take a taxi from the airport to the centre (approx. 40 minutes) or a train and a tube.

Getting back

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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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
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Lovely tour of Southern Bavaria with stunning scenery at every turn. Plenty of time to enjoy the beer, food, lakes and attractive towns along the way. Definitely recommend a trip up Zugspitze. If you fancy a rest day, it is easy to get to Lake Tegernsee by train from Bad Tolz.

Caroline Rebbetts, UK, August 2017

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