Cycling holidays in Europe
020 7471 7750
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Germany

Garmisch and the Bavarian Lakes | Self Guided

Discover Bavaria’s secrets while freewheeling via pine forests, magnificent lakes and Alpine scenery, including Germany’s highest peak. Spa towns, ancient monuments and the regions capital, Munich, will surprise and delight you at every twist and turn – with plenty of sun-filled beer gardens serving up refreshing Steins of Bavarian beer along the way.

What not to miss

  • The magnificent view from the Zugspitze Mountain
  • “Schuhplattler”, Bavarian folk dancing at Gasthof Zum Rassen in Partenkirchen
  • Swimming in Bavarian lakes
  • Munich’s Altstadt (old town)

What’s included

  • 3-star accommodation
  • Bed & breakfast
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Touring bike with handlebar bags and puncture repair kit
  • Route maps and instructions


  • Electric bikes on request
  • Extra nights in Munich (4-star hotel)
  • Eight night tour with an extra night in Lake Starnberg
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Germany

Garmisch and the Bavarian Lakes | Self Guided

Day 1 | Arrive at Munich.

Transfer to our base hotel in Bavaria’s capital for your welcome meeting and bike fitting. There’s plenty to explore including the Altstadt (old town), Marienplatz square and time of course for a beer in the Hofbrauhaus.

Day 2 | Cycle Munich to Murnau am Staffelsee | Distance 40 miles (65km).

Leaving Munich, your first day in the saddle will take you southwest through Forstenieder Park to the elegant Lake Starnberg, the second largest in Bavaria and an excellent place to stop and admire the Bavarian Alps in the background. Then the route takes you alongside lake Starnberg to the village of Seeshaupt and past the Osterseen and Riegsee lakes to Murnau am Staffelsee, your stop for the evening. The town has a pedestrianised centre with art galleries, small streets and restaurants to explore.

Day 3 | Cycle Murnau am Staffelsee to Garmisch-Partenkirchen | Distance 25 miles (40km).

Today you’ll cycle through a nature reserve called Murnauer Moos following the River Loisach along its broad glaciated valley. Nearing Garmisch you will enjoy even more fabulous views of the towering Alps which form the backdrop for this popular resort. In Garmisch you can enjoy the excellent shops, restaurants and cafes, while panoramic views of the Alps may tempt you to take a cable car to the Zugspitze summit.

Day 4 | Cycle Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Wallgau | Distance 28 miles (45km).

From Garmisch, a train (5 Euros payable locally) takes you to Scharnitz in Austria where you’ll cycle to the spring of the River Isar. Then the route takes you through a valley down to Mittenwald, with spectacular views of the Karwendel and Wettersteinebirge mountains before reaching your destination for the evening, the traditional village of Wallgau.

Day 5 | Cycle Wallgau to Bad Tolz | Distance 31 miles (50km).

Continuing alongside the River Isar, you’ll follow the crystal clear turquoise waters of Lake Sylvenstein through picturesque landscapes until you reach Lenggries, a popular walking destination with majestic mountains rising up on both sides. Then its on to the spa town of Bad Tolz your next stop, a beautiful cobbled old town.

Day 6 | Cycle Bad Tolz to Tegernsee Round Trip | Distance 28 miles (45km).

Today you may choose to relax and enjoy the thermal waters of the famous spa or alternatively there is a round trip cycle ride to Gmund on Lake Tegernsee east of Bad Tolz. Enjoy a relaxing lunch with panoramic lake views before cycling back through the Gaissbach valley.

Day 7 | Cycle Bad Tolz to Munich | Distance 38 miles (60km).

Your final day’s cycling will again follow the Isar bike path from Bad Tolz through Geretsried and Wolfratshausen directly to Grunwald before arriving back in the Bavarian capital of Munich. We highly recommend extending your stay, allowing for extra time to explore this attractive and fascinating city.

Day 8 | Departure

We say “Auf Wiedersehen” before transferring you back to Munich Airport

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Germany

Garmisch and the Bavarian Lakes | Self Guided

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Germany

Garmisch and the Bavarian Lakes | Self Guided

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Hotel Griesbrau, Murnau am Staffelsee

3 Star

Situated in a traditional Bavarian building, the hotel provides a warm welcome with well furnished modern rooms. The hotel has its own microbrewery onsite and Bavarian beer garden.

Hotel Kolberbräu, Bad Tölz

3 Star

The building dates back to 1664 and is now a family run hotel located in the peaceful pedestrianised centre and close to the historic market place.  The rooms are spacious and warmly decorated, and the hotel has a Bavarian restaurant and beer garden.

Hotel Post, Wallgau

3 Star

Located on the village square, the hotel is in a chalet style building. Its rooms are traditionally decorated in a mountain lodge style, many with views of the Karwendel mountains.

Hotel Sheraton Westpark, Munich

4 Star

This modern hotel offers contemporary rooms and good access to the centre of Munich. The hotel benefits from a restaurant, bar, sauna and steam room

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Garmisch

3 Stars

This alpine style hotel offers lovely mountain views and easy access to the Zugspitze railway. The hotel specialises in local food and the bright rooms are comfortably furnished.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Germany

Garmisch and the Bavarian Lakes | Self Guided

Tour Only Prices

2020 Departure Dates Nights  Adult Price 
20th April to 17th May  7 £865
18th May - 21st June 7 £935
22nd June - 08th September  7 £975

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers included)

2020 Departure Dates Nights  Adult Price 
20th April to 17th May  7 £1165
18th May - 21st June 7 £1235
22nd June - 08th September  7 £1275

Start your holiday on any day of the week.

These are guide prices, please call one of our experts for a detailed quote.

Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for child prices.


Electric Bike Supplement: £110 per person 

Single Supplement: £210 

Half Board Supplement (3 course dinner each night): £195 per person 

From our blog

Exceptional Travel Experiences from our Sister Brands

Britain's original ski travel agency and tailor-made ski tour operator, Ski Solutions has been arranging ski holidays for over 30 years across Europe and North America. The Ski Solutions team are all skiing experts, and their knowledge and passion for the mountains will ensure you experience a truly memorable ski holiday.

Visit website

Cycling for Softies is a luxury cycling tour operator providing gourmet cycling adventures in France and Italy. These are leisurely cycling tours winding through vineyards and staying in high end accommodation where the emphasis is as much on the food and wine as the cycling. Welcome to life in the easy lane.

Visit website

Wilderness Scotland offers an inspiring range of guided and customised adventure holidays, in the most remote and beautiful regions of Scotland. The Wilderness Scotland team know how to create enriching adventure holidays and know the wild places of Scotland better than anyone.

Visit website

Specialists in offering a range of adventure holidays, tours and incredible wilderness experiences. Wilderness Ireland take their clients to the most remote and beautiful regions of Ireland, all while staying at the most welcoming accommodations and delivering outstanding customer service.

Visit website

Be the first to know

Sign up for our newsletter to receive exclusive offers, expert advice and insider access to all the latest activity holiday news.

*Terms and conditions apply. See for more details.