The Munich Lakes Cycle Tour
Discover Bavaria's beautiful lakes on a bike
- Round trip from Munich
- Lake Ammer, Lake Starnberg, Lake Kochel
- Andechs Abbey and Benediktbeuern Abbey
- Boat trip on Lake Ammer included!
- Daily routes ●●○○○
- Altitude profile ●●○○○
Ø km pro Tag
On a perfect cycling holiday, a glittering lake in the background is a must. Then the Munich Lakes Cycle Tour is just right for you! The tour starts in Bavaria's metropolis, Munich. You soon replace the city with wonderful cycle paths, which take you through smaller towns and villages and flourishing countryside. On your bike you get to explore true Bavarian countryside, small former monasteries and find out all about their history. One of the many advantages of cycling is that you have a lot of time for taking breaks in the spots with particularly lovely views. Stop on a sunny hill, take a stroll at a lake and enjoy a glass of the traditionally brewed beer - pure relaxation!
- Booking Code
- Start / Destination
8 days / 7 nights
approx. 270 / 290 km
Daily routes ●●○○○
between 40 and 60 km, Ø 50 km
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- Cycle route description
You cycle on cycle paths and side streets, short sections on main roads. Mostly asphalted or traversable nature roads.
- Parking information
Main station or airport Munich: garage approx. 49 €/ 8 days, payable on site. Free of charge, unguarded parking spaces nearby the hotel, no reservation possible.
- Tour operated by
Local cooperation partner
Day 1: Individual arrival in Munich
Welcome to the white-blue metropolis of Munich. If you have booked rental bikes, they will be waiting for you at your hotel. Take some time to explore this royal city. Munich was founded as early as the 12th century. With all of the sights this city has to offer, you'll definitely find your own personal highlight among them. Munich Hofbräuhaus is known the world over for its traditional beer. Are you more interested in culture? Then you'll love the internationally known museums, galleries or theatres.
Day 2: Munich – Lake Ammer, approx. 45 km + boat trip
The first day in the saddle on the Munich Lakes Cycle Tour starts magnificently: you pedal out of the busy town and into the countryside! The cycle path takes you through the Forstenried Park, a nature reserve, and Würmtal Valley. On today's section, there are lots of smaller hills - don't forget though that you are rewarded by lots of downhill sections too!Andechs Monastery watches over Lake Ammer. The monastery is Bavaria's oldest place of pilgrimage. It's worth stopping here. Enjoy a Bavarian "Brotzeit" snack and a beer from the monastery's own brewery. And then let your gaze take in the Alpine panorama. Next, you freewheel down to Herrsching, one of two possible places to stay the night. If your accommodation is in Dießen, you have a wonderful boat trip there, over to the other side of Ammersee Lake!
Day 3: Lake Ammer – Starnberg Lake, approx. 40 / 60 km
Following the little river Ammer, you leave Herrsching. Your next highlight along today's route is Pfaffenwinkel - or Parson's Corner. The region is so named because of the large number of monasteries there is here. Today, you will be cycling through hilly countryside. Discover the mystic moorscape and hidden rivers. You soon arrive in Weilheim with its famous monasteries and churches. The town is the centre of the Upper Bavarian Pfaffenwinkel. The colourful facades of the houses are a special feature of the old quarter. Admire the partially intact town wall, which dates back to the so-called Gründerzeit period. Leaving Weilheim, you cycle pass luscious meadows and thick forest. Today's destination is either the west bank, or a little further to the east bank of Starnberger See Lake.
Day 4: Trip around Starnberg Lake, approx. 50 km
You cycle all the way round the lake. It's a must on this Munich Lakes Cycle Tour. The cycle path takes you through unique places along the lake. There's a lot to discover! Did you know that the lakeside is a popular breeding places for a diverse range of birds. A highlight is, without doubt, the Votiv chapel. The chapel was built as a monument to the fairy-tale king, Ludwig II. From here, you can see the place where his corpse was once found. He gave Bavaria many beautiful castles. On the west side of the lake is Feldafing, and further upstream, Rose Island - the only island on Starnberger See Lake. You constant companion is the breath-taking view of the lake. Enjoy the Bavarian flair and these lively holiday resorts.
Day 5: Starnberg Lake – Kochel Lake, approx. 45 km
From Klagenfurt ‒ the rose by the Wörthersee with its magical historic centre - you will initially cycle to the Völkermarkt catchment lake. While en route, you’ll come past Ebenthal castle and Grafenstein castle, from where it’ not too far to Lake Klopein. Water temperatures of up to 30°C have been recorded here. White churches atop mountain peaks and foresty regions shape the surroundings.
Day 6: Kochel Lake – Bad Tölz, approx. 30 km
A relatively short section awaits you. You leave Kochel lake via Kochel Moos and cycle along good cycle paths through typically Bavarian countryside and towns. The beer garden in Benediktbeuern is an ideal spot for your first break. Back in the saddle, you cycle at a leisurely pace, passing camp sites and restaurants that serve the local cuisine. Bad Tölz is nestled between fields and the Isar river. It has a lot to offer! There are many famous churches to admire. The market place is unique. Lüftlmalerei is an old painting technique that dates back to Baroque times. You can see examples of it on the facades of the gables, still intact today. The Kurhaus is also worthy of a visit. It is located in a beautiful park. The Knight Gabriel von Seidl planned the building, which, today, is used as a concert and theatre.
Day 7: Bad Tölz - Munich, approx. 60 km
The Isar river leads you out of Bad Tölz today. Following the Isar cycle path, you pedal through green landscape to Wolfratshausen. The historic rafter town is situated idyllically between Isar and Loisach. Enjoy the tranquility this cycling holiday offers, along the river. Maybe spend some time watching the rafters. Today's route has a number of hills to tackle. But the Bavarian capital is not long in coming now. The lively city of Munich is expecting you! Reward yourself in the English Garden, in one of the beer gardens, with a sausage and be inspired by the Bavarian capital's Marienplatz.
Day 8: Individual departure or extended stay
Now that you have completed the Munich Lakes Cycle Tour, your cycling holiday comes to an end. We would be happy to extend your stay if you wish.