Munich & the Bavarian Lakes

4.6/5 (8)
7 nights
31 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 1099
Bike tour in Germany
Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours

Munich & the Bavarian Lakes

4.6/5 (8)

Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours

7 nights
31 miles/day

Self guided from EUR € 1099
Bike tour in Germany

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  • Enjoy unspoiled nature and Bavarian tradition.

    Cycling through the Bavaria region in southern Germany passes majestic mountains, emerald-green lakes, and historic villages rich in Bavarian tradition. This bike tour of the region begins and ends in Munich, the region's capital, with such sights as the Marienplatz Square, Frauenkirche Cathedral, and Rathaus-Glockenspiel Clock. From Munich, you cycle through the diverse landscape of Bavaria, known as "the green roof of Germany."

    Cycle past famous Bavarian lakes with excellent water quality, marvel at the majestic mountain ranges, and stroll through flowery, ornate old towns. The towns along this tour are colorful and baroque. Bavaria gives vitality; Bavaria is enchanting!!

    • Beer in Munch! CC:Russell C
    • Currywurst is a German favorite! Mirko Fabian@Unsplash
    • Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. CC:holzijue
    • Bavaria, Germany. Thulfi Garali@Unsplash
    • Bad Tölz, Bavaria, Germany. Flickr:Kimmo Räisänen
    • Riesling grapes are popular in Germany! Luca J@Unsplash
    • Munich & the Bavarian Lakes Germany Bike Tour
    • Munich & the Bavarian Lakes Germany Bike Tour

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    Highlights

    • Munich, the captial of Bavaria
    • Murnauer Moos Nature Reserve
    • Zugspitz, the highest mountain in Germany
    • Sylvenstein Lake
    • Wallgau, a village rich in Bavarian tradition
    • Ride on historical trade routes

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    Munich & the Bavarian Lakes

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  • Traveler photos

    •  (photo by Amir Zomer)
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    Munich & the Bavarian Lakes

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Munich
    Welcome briefing and bike fitting. Take the evening to explore the many attractions of Munich, Bavaria's capital city.
    Overnight in Munich

    Day 2: Munich – Murnau am Staffelsee (41 mi/65 km)
    From Munich, you cycle through the Forstenrieder Park to Lake Starnberg. Cycling on a path directly on the shores of the lake, you travel to Seeshaupt. Highlights of the day include beautiful Bavarian villages, Lake Osterseen and Lake Riegsee. The final stop of the day is Murnau am Staffelsee.
    Overnight in Murnau am Staffelsee

    Day 3: Murnau am Staffelsee – Garmisch Partenkirchen (24 mi/40 km)
    The day's tour begins in the breathtaking landscape of Murnauer Moos Nature Reserve (the largest swamp area of Central Europe). Passing through the reserve, the route follows the Loisach River to Garmisch Partenkirchen. Today's stage is intentionally brief so you can take the Zugspitzbahn cable car to the Zugspitz, the highest mountain in Germany. Standing 9700 ft/2962 m high, you will have a wonderful view of the surrounding Alps.
    Overnight in Garmisch Partenkirchen

    Day 4: Garmisch Partenkirchen – Wallgau (12-43 mi/20-70 km)
    Today you cycle from Garmisch-Partenkirchen via Klais to the beautiful Barmsee. Afterwards you have the option to continue directly to your hotel in Wallgau or taking a detour via Mittenwald and Scharnitz to the source of the Isar. On the way to Scharnitz you will cover a total of 300 meters in altitude, from there continue slightly uphill through wild and romantic gorges and lush alpine meadows to the source of the 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.
    Overnight in Wallgau

    Day 5: Wallgau – Bad Tölz (31 mi/50 km)
    Past the Isarwinkel region, you'll cycle along crystal clear turquoise water to the impressive Sylvenstein Lake. Cycle through Lenggries on the way to Bad Tölz. Bad Tölz, a town at the intersection of two trading routes (the Isar River and the old salt route from Reichenhall to Allgäu), quickly developed into a thriving trading post. Richly ornamented middle-class houses are evidence of the town's golden age.
    Overnight in Bad Tölz

    Day 6: Bad Tölz – Tegernsee Bad Tölz (27 mi/45 km)
    Today you cycle through the charming landscape of Lake Tegern to Gmund am Tegernsee. Along the Gaißbach Valley, you return to Bad Tölz. The Tölzer Market Street invites you to stroll in the footsteps of the famous television series "Der Bulle von Tölz" (The Cop from Tölz).
    Overnight in Bad Tölz

    Day 7: Bad Tölz – Munich (38 mi/60 km)
    The Isar cycle path takes you through Geretsried and Wolfratshausen on the way to Grünwald. After are a few short climbs, the reward at the end of the day's ride is Munich. Explore countless shops and attractions in Munich.
    Overnight in Munich

    Day 8: Munich
    Today marks the end of your tour. You can either arrange for a taxi to the train station or airport, or extend your stay.


    Munich & the Bavarian Lakes

     Photos Accommodation 

  • Accommodation

    Hotels

    These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

    The accommodations are mostly 3-star hotels (4-star in Munich).
    Munich: NYX Hotel München

    Murnau: Hotel Griesbräu

    Garmish Partenkirchen: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

    Wallgau: Hotel Post

    Bad Tolz: Kolberbräu

    Local hotel taxes are not included in the tour price. These taxes typically range from €1-5 per person/night and must be paid at hotel reception upon checkout.

    Want to visit other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


    Munich & the Bavarian Lakes

     Daily program Bikes 

  • Bikes

    The bikes available for rent on this tour are:

    • Standard touring bike, 21/24-speed, unisex
    • Standard touring bike, 21-speed, men's frames, crossbar (upon request only)
    • Bike rental plus, 27-speed, upgrade
    • Electrically assisted bike, Pedelec, unisex*

    *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    Equipment included with the bike rentals:

    • Saddle bag (water repellent), rear
    • Handlebar bag (water repellent), with clear cover on top for map viewing
    • Tools
    • Pump
    • Repair kit (with extra bicycle tube)
    • Combination lock

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.

    Pedals:
    The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

    Helmets:
    Helmets are not included with the bike rentals. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.

    Specifications on standard touring bikes

    • Modern, high-resistant aluminum frame
    • V-brakes
    • Aluminium-rims
    • Reliable tires, which ensure high duration
    • Shimano Alivio derailleur on 21-speed
    • Selle Royal Saddles

    *Posture for 21-speed standard bikes will be upright for comfort

    Upgraded components on 27-speed standard bikes

    • Hydraulic Magura HS 11 brakes
    • Shimano Deore XT derailleur on 27-speed
    • High-quality Suntour suspension fork

    *Posture for 27-speed upgraded standard bikes will be upright and forward


    Munich & the Bavarian Lakes

     Accommodation Dates & Prices 

  • Dates

    Daily: Apr 13-Sep 7, 2024.

    Season 1: Apr 13, 2024 - Apr 19, 2024

    Season 2: Apr 20, 2024 - May 10, 2024

    Season 3: May 11, 2024 - Sep 7, 2024

    Prices

    Tour package

    Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
    Per person, double occupancy €1099 €1179 €1239
    Single use room (1 person/1 room) €1458 €1538 €1598

    Bike Rentals

    Standard touring bike, 21-speed unisex frame €99
    Standard touring bike, 21-speed men's frame €99
    Bike rental plus, 27-speed, upgrade €169
    Electrically-assisted bike €259

    Additional Options

    Optional dinner package €219

    Extra Nights, Munich*

    Per person, double occupancy €99
    Single room (1 person/1 room) €174

    *pricing valid through Sept 7th, pricing for extra nights after this date is on request.

    Discounts

    Child, ages 0-5 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price) 100%
    Child, ages 6-11 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price) 50%
    Child, ages 12-14 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price) 25%
    Third person, ages 15 and older sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price) 10%

    Included services

    • 7 nights accommodation in selected hotel category
    • Breakfast buffet
    • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
    • Detailed travel material (1 set per room; route and overview maps, route description, places of interest, important telephone numbers, and signposting along the route)
    • 7-day Service Hotline available in case of problems or questions
    • Personal welcome briefing
    • 1 veal sausage breakfast
    • App navigation and GPS data

    Local hotel taxes are not included in the tour price. These taxes typically range from €1-5 per person/night and must be paid at hotel reception upon checkout.


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    Munich & the Bavarian Lakes

     Bikes Other Details 

  • Map

    Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

    Surface and terrain

    The route follows wonderful cycle paths and small side roads with a few, short distances on main roads. The paths are primarily asphalt, though some longer passages are on good forest paths. While there are a few short climbs, they can be handled by pushing the bike.


    How to get there

    Tour Start and End
    Nearest airport and train station: Munich (MUC), Germany

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    Munich & the Bavarian Lakes

     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • DOROTHY STEIMKE 9 months ago

      Lakes tour

      Accommodations were good. GPS used way too much battery ran out of battery after 2 to 3 hours. Odometer on my bike was not set correctly. Wife’s E bike odometer correct. Scenery and lakes were stunning.

    • Russell Fillmore 11 months ago

      Each view better than the previous

      I toured solo but with the provided itinerary. It was such a comfort knowing my fresh clothes and a soft bed were awaiting my arrival at each stop. Every town was wonderful. I spent a bit longer in Garmisch, just because I loved it so. I’m a 58 year old healthy guy, but didn’t train at all for this trip. Next time, I would opt for an eBike. Extra cost but I think I could have had more energy and time to explore more.

      What was the date of your tour?
      July 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      Somewhat harder
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Amir Zomer November 8, 2022

      Excellent ride with stunning views

      The trip was wonderful –
      Stunning views along the way with lakes, mountains, forests and colorful villages.
      We upgraded the bike and were very pleased with their quality and comfort.
      The hotels were adequate for that kind of trip.

      Downside (The reason I gave it only 4 stars):
      - The hotels were not always close to the end of the daily route.
      Some days it was 2-3 Km away and in the worst case it was 20Km away!!
      Just imagine thinking you’re done with your daily route after planning the riding times and then you have to ride additional 20 Km.
      - The maps that we were given were not aligned to our trip – we used the App.
      - The App can be improved – a sound should be added to alert when you’re off the route.
      We sometimes found ourselves out of the route without noticing it because we can’t have our eyes on the screen all the time.

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2022
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      •  (photo by Amir Zomer)
      •  (photo by Amir Zomer)
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      •  (photo by Amir Zomer)
      •  (photo by Amir Zomer)
      • 5/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 2/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • Barak Dunayer August 4, 2022

      Excellent trip

      It was a wonderful trip and a great way to experience the region. The trails were beautiful and the accommodations were quite charming. On a couple of occasions, the maps didn’t correspond exactly to the locations and in need of updating - meaning, the trail began or ended not exactly at the hotel. But overall, we had a wonderful experience and highly recommend this.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May-June 2022
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 3/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Fidd August 23, 2019

      Bavaria is a very scenic area and riding through it on a bike was a sure way to appreciate its' beauty. Most of the ride was on bike paths/trails or country roads. The towns we stayed in were very quaint and interesting. I would definitely consider doing another ride like this.

      What was the date of your tour?
      August 3-10
      How many tours have you completed?
      first
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • fudledudle September 16, 2018

      Munich lakes tour

      The Hotels were all very good and it was very easy to follow the route due to the Stickers placed on traffic sign posts, could have used an extra day in the Garmisch Partenkirchen area.

      What was the date of your tour?
      sept 1/18
      How many tours have you completed?
      5
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 4/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 4/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • kimardenmiller July 22, 2018

      Best kind of vaction

      You won't find a better way to se Bavaria. Unforgettable.

      What was the date of your tour?
      7/20/18
      How many tours have you completed?
      3
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 3/5 Value
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 3/5 Ease of navigation
      • 3/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection
    • JDMM July 11, 2018

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 27-July 3, 2018
      How many tours have you completed?
      19
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 4/5 Value
      • 3/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 4/5 Tour documents
      • 3/5 Local tour company services
      • 4/5 Route selection

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