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Easy cycling on a loop tour from Munich around Bavaria's stunning lakes
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Highlights

  • Easy lake-side cycling along paved cycle paths, with views to the Bavarian Alps
  • Exploring Munich—a wonderfully cosmopolitan city, proud of its Bavarian tradition
  • Taking a boat ride on Lake Starnberg—a firm favourite with the locals
  • Visiting the memorial to the beloved but eccentric King Ludwig II
  • Relaxing at Andechs Monastery with a beer and pretzel
  • Wandering Munich’s museums, galleries and grandiose beer halls

Enjoy a relaxed cycle tour through Germany’s unspoilt Bavarian countryside. Cycle around stunning lakes edged by forests, quaint villages and green meadows. Then take time to explore the grand city of Munich – modern, cosmopolitan and typically Bavarian all at once.

The Bavarian capital is the start and end point of this cycle and city adventure. Munich is considered by many to be Germany’s grandest city, with some of the finest architecture, museums, parks and Bierhalle the country has to offer.

Heading south west from Munich your journey takes you through idyllic upper-Bavarian countryside. Your cycle route takes in the Wesslinger, Ammersee and Starnberg lakes, to name but just a few. The latter, Lake Starnberg, is a popular recreational spot for Munich city-dwellers and is the second biggest lake in Bavaria (by volume) and arguably the most beautiful. You will take in the charming towns of Murnau & Bad Tölz, before finishing up in Munich for a free day of exploring, relaxing - or a bit of both.

This cycling trip around Bavaria’s lakes includes the choice of shorter or longer rides on days 2 and 5, and is rated easy to moderate—perfect if you’re looking for a relaxed yet rewarding tour. Ascents are minimal and the majority of cycling is along well-marked and paved cycle paths as well as a few short spurts on quiet side roads.

DAY 1: Arrive in Munich

The Bavarian capital of Munich is the starting point of your adventure. Considered Germany’s second capital, Munich is overflowing with stunning architecture, museums, galleries, beer halls and peaceful outdoor spaces.


Munich is easily reached by both train and plane. Many international and low cost airlines fly here from various locations.


Overnight: Holiday Inn Munich South***, Munich


This accommodation is conveniently located, clean and comfortable. The U-Bahn (subway) station is only 500m away from the hotel so you can be at the Marienplatz in less than 15 minutes.


DAY 2: Cycle Munich to Lake Starnberg

Jump in the saddle and cycle south west out of Munich, passing three picture-postcard lakes– Wesslinger, Pilsensee and Ammersee. You’ll soon find yourself in the charming town of Herrsching, the perfect place to stop for a break and enjoy the views over the lake.


Beer-lovers are in for a treat as you will cycle to the Andechs Monastery– as famous for its beer brewing as it is for its impressive Baroque architecture. Reach your destination for the day, Lake Starnberg. If time permits, take an optional cruise on the lake or visit the memorial cross of King Ludwig II, Bavaria’s most infamous king.


If you would like an easier start to your trip, or to have more time to explore Starnberg, you have the choice of a shorter cycle to Lake Starnberg.


Cycle: 35/58 km ascent/descent: 150m/75m


Overnight: Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Lake Starnberg


This historically-protected hotel is a stone’s throw away from magical Lake Starnberg. Enjoy the comfortable rooms, relax on the sun terrace and savour the splendid buffet breakfast.


DAY 3: Cycle Lake Starnberg to Murnau

Head along the east side of Lake Starnberg to the small town of Seeshaupt. On the way, there is a picturesque swimming spot and the opportunity to cool off before continuing to your next lake, Riegsee.


Enjoy superb views over the lake and to the snow-capped peaks in the distance. The cycle path finally brings you to Murnau am Staffelsee, a charming market town on the edge of the Bavarian Alps.


Cycle: 45 km ascent/descent: 300m/200m


Overnight: Hotel Klausenhof***, Murnau


This charming family-run hotel is in the heart of Murnau. Enjoy Bavarian snacks, meals and drinks in the sunny ‘Biergarten’ or in the traditional wood-adorned restaurant.


DAY 4: Cycle Murnau to Bad Tölz


Today you follow part of the popular Lake Constance– Lake Königsee cycle path.  You’ll soon come across Lake Kochel, take in the dramatic scenery and tranquil surroundings. En-route you’ll encounter the Benediktbeuern Monastery which is home to the famous ‘Carmina Burana’ or ‘Songs of Beueren’- a real treat for history buffs!



Your final destination today is the pretty spa town of Bad Tölz. Enjoy a meander through the medieval old town, and great views to the Alps from the Klavarienberg.


Cycle: 45km ascent/descent: 270m/290m


Overnight: Tölzer Hof ****, Bad Tölz



Relax those muscles in the sauna of this 4* hotel. This comfortable and clean hotel is in a quiet location while still being within walking distance of the town centre.



DAY 5: Cycle Bad Tölz to Munich


Begin your day by exploring the many attractions Bad Tölz has to offer, before getting back in the saddle for one final day of cycling. Your route to Munich is filled with interesting attractions.


Cycle along the Isar glacier river through to Gruenwald, Germany’s richest municipality. Perhaps visit the famous Bavarian Film Studios, Schaeftlarn Monastery and the Hellabrunn Zoo.



For a shorter day’s cycling, there is the possibility to go from Bad Tölz to Holzkirchen by train and cycle from there to Munich.


Cycle: 35/65km ascent/descent: 200m/340m


Overnight: Holiday Inn Munich South***


DAY 6: Free time in Munich


Spend a day exploring Munich at your leisure. This city is anything but short of attractions and points of interest. From stunning architecture, royal history, beer halls, museums, opera houses and stunning churches, there really is something for everyone here.


Overnight: Holiday Inn Munich South***



DAY 7: Onward Travel


Your trip ends after breakfast, although you might want to extend your stay in Munich with an additional night or two. Just let us know as part of the booking process and we can organise this for you.

Accommodation

Our Munich Lakes Cycling trip includes accommodation in standard en suite double/twin rooms in 3-4* family-run guesthouses and small hotels. Each is carefully selected for their warmth of welcome, character and convenient locations.



Alternate Accommodation

Any accommodation listed in the itinerary and on our website are the hotels we use most often but if they are not available, you might be booked into an alternative hotel of the same of better standard and we will send you the details as soon as your booking is confirmed.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available although a supplement is payable. This trip is available to solo cyclists although a supplement is payable.

Availability

This tour is available to start on any day of the week from May to September.


Please note: Bookings for during and around Oktoberfest may prove difficult, and early booking is highly advisable. There may be a supplement payable for travel during this time.


Accommodation

Our Bavarian Lakes Cycling trip includes accommodation in standard en suite double/twin rooms in 3-4* family-run guesthouses and small hotels. Each is carefully selected for their warmth of welcome, character and convenient locations.


Alternative Accommodation

Any accommodation listed in the itinerary are the hotels we use most often but if they are not available, you might be booked into an alternative hotel of the same of better standard and we will send you the details as soon as your booking is confirmed.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available although a supplement is payable. This trip is available to solo cyclists again there is a supplement as some of the costs are not shared.


Grade

This cycling trip around Munich’s lakes includes the choice of shorter or longer rides on days 2 and 5, and is rated easy to moderate—perfect if you’re looking for a relaxed yet rewarding tour. Ascents are minimal and the majority of cycling is along well-marked and paved cycle paths as well as a few short spurts on quiet side roads. We supply you with detailed maps, route notes and information pack.


Baggage Transfer

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


Rental Bikes

Rental bikes are available at a supplement, if you are not bringing your own bike. You can choose from a 7-speed touring bike with back-pedal brake, or on request a 21-speed bike with free wheel (includes 2 panniers within the rental). E-bikes are also available (1 pannier included).





BIKE INFORMATION


DETAIL


Brand


KTM/Jacek / Kettler


Bike
Type


Touring bike


Frame
types


gents, ladies


Sizes


XS, S, M, L, XL


Front
suspension


Yes


Stand


Yes/no


Mud
guards


no


Luggage
rack Rear/Front


Yes/No


Paniers


Yes


Handle
bar Bag/ map holder


Depends on the bike


Bottle
holder/Water bottle


No


Computer
meter


yes


Interchangeable
pedals


No


Front
gear set


Depends on the bike


Back
gear set


Depends on the bike


Brakes


V-brake


Helmet included


No


Puncture repair kit


Yes


Spare inner tube provided


No


Pump


Yes


Lock


Yes






General Information

All bike tours are unescorted. The mileages and approximations are distances of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen and proper sport shoes. Travel to and from the start/end of your cycle is not included in the tour price and must be arranged on your own.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Getting to/from Munich

Munich is located close to international airports and has excellent rail links, it is very easily accessible.


By Air


Munich airport is served by a variety of low cost and international airlines, including easyJet, Lufthansa, Air Berlin and United Airlines.

Getting to/from Munich

Munich is located close to international airports and has excellent rail links with the rest of Europe; it is very easily accessible.


By Air


Munich Airport is served by a variety of low cost and international airlines, including easyJet, Lufthansa, Air Berlin and United Airlines.

Included

  • 6 Nights in 3-4* hotels in a twin/double room with private facilities
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport
  • Map of bike trails, detailed route descriptions, references to sights along the way and a restaurant guide
  • 24-hour telephone support service from our office and local partner

Excluded

  • Dinners, snacks and lunches
  • Travel to/from Munich
  • Bike hire
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, telephone calls, extra transfers during your cycle, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Additional Nights
  • Single Room or Solo Cyclist Supplement
  • Bike hire (tourer or E-bike)

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is graded as easy to moderate because the route is fairly flat. Daily distances are between 35 and 65 km. You have the choice of shorter or longer rides on days 2 and 5 —perfect if you’re looking for a relaxed yet rewarding tour. Ascents are minimal and the majority of cycling is along well-marked and paved cycle paths as well as a few short spurts on quiet side roads. You will need to have a basic level of fitness and we advise some training before the trip.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

The best option is to fly into Munich which has an international airport as well as excellent rail links with the rest of Europe. Munich is very easily accessible. Munich Airport is served by a variety of low cost and international airlines, including easyJet, Lufthansa, Air Berlin and United Airlines.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this trip is extremely popular especially during Oktoberfest, when a supplement may be payable (please check with us at the time of booking).

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need comfortable sports shoes, comfortable clothes for cycling, waterproof jacket and trousers, a helmet and a sunhat. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack. 

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask that you limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

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