You’ve dreamt of seeing the celebrated Oberammergau Passion Play, but thought you had to book years ahead! In fact, limited ticket availability for 2020 means you can combine the play with our Southern Bavaria tour! Interested? Please talk to us NOW so we can tailor your tour around available dates.
Experience romantic southern Bavaria at your pace. Imagine leisurely days cycling through richly scented pine forests, picnicking by impossibly-blue lakes or ascending Germany’s magnificent Zugspitze. You and two wheels are about to realise your dream in breathtaking Bavaria and Austria’s achingly beautiful Tyrolean landscapes…
Prepare to be amazed and delighted with every turn of your bicycle’s wheels. Picture yourself wandering carefree through character-packed spa towns and fairytale castles. Or sampling refreshing beers crafted in a centuries-old monastery. And how about discovering the region’s romantic mountain hideaways, sleepy agricultural routes, stunning palaces and intricate Rococo art?
Your two-wheeled Bavarian cycling adventure begins when you land at Munich’s Franz Joseph Strauss airport, then transfer by taxi or minibus to your hotel in Lenggries.
After breakfast, anticipation of your adventure grows as we match you to a perfectly fitting bicycle. Then you’re off, spending the rest of the day exploring Lenggries and the delightful countryside of the Isar Valley. In winter, the local ski-scene is renowned, while summer visitors enjoy excellent mountain walking. Can you picture the magnificent Bavarian mountains rising above you – easily reached on foot or by cable car – and enjoying the wonderful local walks? We thought so!
And if you fancy a bicycle excursion, lots of paths and quiet lanes twist and turn along the valley, just waiting to be explored. There’s the lovely spa town of Bad Toelz too, with its still-cobbled, medieval centre. Even Munich is only a short train ride away…
Departing Lenggries on your bicycle, leave the Isar behind and follow its tributary, the Jachen. Imagine pedalling gently upwards along the wide, verdant, Jachen valley to one of Bavaria’s scenic gems, the 193 m deep Lake Walchen. Then a little further; from the lakeshore, a short ascent precedes a long, exhilarating, ride down to the quintessentially Bavarian town of Kochel…
Make sure to pack your swimsuit; Kochel, on the Kochelsee, is one of Bavaria’s best-loved bathing secrets. Before or after a refreshing dip, you’re spoilt for choice with gentle cycling possibilities. Perhaps you’ll explore the myriad cycle tracks criss-crossing the level moorland to the north. Or venture to eighth-century
Benediktbeuern Monastery on the plain’s eastern edge. Imagine what a rewarding destination the Italianesque architecture and opulent decoration will be. Or for a change from pedalling, choose one of the many day walks in the steeply rising Alps to the south. How about the Herzogstand and Jochberg mountains, both easy one-day ascents with the promise of spectacular views before you head for Garmisch-Partenkirchen tomorrow...
After another hearty Bavarian breakfast, look forward to cycling steadily along the Loisach’s wide glaciated valley; to increasingly stunning views of stylish Garmisch-Partenkirchen and its soaring alpine backdrop; and to the whole day exploring tomorrow...
Garmisch nestles at the foot of Germany’s highest peak, the 2962 m Zugspitze. If you feel active, explore the area’s many walks, bike rides and enticing lakes. Maybe you can picture yourself following in the footsteps of the jet set and enjoying GaPa’s tempting shopping, cosy cafés and excellent restaurants. We can! Or enjoy an unforgettable cable car ride up the Zugspitze so you can tell friends and family about the jaw-dropping panoramic summit views. Yes, they’re that impressive…
You’re back in the saddle again and heading into Austria. After leaving Garmisch, it’s a short run to the border at Griesen. In Austria, follow the quiet forest track to narrow, crystal-clear, Plan Lake lying between precipitous forested mountains. As you continue, the magnificent Tyrolean scenery keeps unrolling in all its splendour. And as you return to Germany at Neuschwanstein, you’ll be eagerly anticipating tomorrow – and one of the tour’s architectural highlights…
Today it’s Neuschwanstein Castle, one of Germany’s most impressive architectural icons. Located on the edge of the Ammergebirge nature reserve, this turreted fairy tale castle is just a short stroll from your hotel. Maybe you’ve seen pictures, or remember its magnificence from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Either way, prepare to be amazed by the larger-than-life fairy tale reality of Mad King Ludwig’s greatest creation. Enjoy the sensory overload, for tomorrow you relax…
After yesterday’s visual feast, and negotiating Neuschwanstein’s steps and passages, enjoy a gentle morning meandering down the Lech Valley. As a true traveller off the beaten track, you’ll follow roads reserved for local farmers and see corners of Bavaria missed by most tourists. Later in the day, you arrive at ornate Wies Church, in its sleepy alpine valley. It’s the splendid highlight of a peaceful day – with the most impressive Rococo art in Southern Germany. And then you reach Oberammergau…
Every 10 years, the people of sleepy Oberammergau welcome the world as they present a passion play in thanks for being spared 1634’s plague. You’ll find lots to see and explore: there’s the artisanship of Bavaria’s woodcarving school and a plethora of shops selling the cream of the village’s output; or an easy bicycle ride to nearby Linderhof Castle – Ludwig’s lofty mountain retreat. It’s a compact, exquisitely landscaped palace with impressive gardens. While there, do explore Ludwig’s entrancing underground grotto and lake. However, please allow time to visit Ettal Monastery – Kloster Ettal – on the way back to Oberammergau. Not only is the abbey magnificently decorated, but the monks craft and sell delicious beer, and a tempting selection of Schnapps – you did leave space in your saddlebag didn’t you!
Your last day in Bavaria is a time for fond recollection of cycling, delicious food, stunning alpine landscapes and really getting to know this wonderful corner of Germany.
While reflecting on your trip, we’re sure you’ll savour your new understanding of Bayern’s geography, people and culture. Many people know what ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ means. But only someone like you, who’s just been been so deeply immersed in local culture, will know to say a colloquial ‘Fuerti Bayern’ as you leave. Hopefully, while already contemplating your next Bavarian cycling adventure with us!
After a long day’s travelling, look forward to settling in to the comfort of the Arabella Brauneck Hotel, close to the River Isar beneath Upper Bavaria’s imposing Brauneck Mountain.
A traditional Bayerische welcome greets you as you settle into your room. There’s a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, minibar, seating area, hairdryer and cable internet (payable locally). Oh yes, and a balcony with spectacular mountain views!
Your holiday relaxation continues in the Finnish sauna, bio sauna and or quiet room with loungers – perfect for holiday reading or catching up with your tour journal!
You’ll be feeling hungry after your travels, so look forward to a fine Bavarian or international meal in the chic Leonardi Stub'n restaurant or rustic-style Grillstube. For cocktails or thirst-quenching local beers, the lobby bar invites from mid-morning until the early hours. Or go Bavarian with a local brew in the hotel’s beer garden. The choice is yours!
By the way, before you venture out to explore charming Lenggries, make sure to ask the friendly hotel staff about your guest discounts for local services and activities.
If you only sample one of Hotel Alpenhof Postillion’s guest facilities, make sure it’s the wonderfully blue indoor pool, the Felsenhallenbad, with its rustic stone walls!
In reality, we’re sure you’ll enjoy more than just the free pool at this centrally located hotel on Kochel’s Kalmbachstrasse – the name alone suggests relaxation – in Toelzer Land’s heart. For a start, there are the spa facilities, including a sauna, complete with rain shower. Just imagine the sheer luxury of such pampering after a day’s pedalling…
Suitably relaxed, watch sunset over the mountains from the hotel’s terrace. Then enjoy supper in the Postillion restaurant, where delicious Bavarian specialities await. And afterwards, maybe a nightcap – anything with ‘Brand’, ‘Schnapps’ or ‘Geist’ in the name should go down well – in the cosy Zum Wuiderer (‘poachers’) pub.
At evening’s end, retire to your beautifully appointed room, decorated in traditional Bavarian style with private bathroom, flat-screen TV and (some rooms) private balcony.
Sleep well! In the morning, after a delicious breakfast, your Bavarian adventure continues…
Ride up the Alpspitzstrasse in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, dismount and look forward to enjoying your pied-à-terre in Bavaria’s fascinating Olympic town. You’re perfectly placed for all the attractions ‘Ga-Pa’ and its environs offer – or the town’s railway station if you fancy venturing further afield for a change of scene.
Rooms are spacious, brightly decorated and come with a balcony or terrace – all the better for enjoying the clear mountain air and Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s inspiring surroundings. Naturally, the other appointments that we look forward to after a day on the road are standard – including large LED TV’s with HDMI, en suite bathrooms and free Wi-Fi access in all areas.
After another day‘s riding, let’s enjoy the Alpina’s well-equipped wellness facilities too. There’s a swimming pool, spa lounge and relaxation area, massage and on-site Finnish sauna. We’re on vacation, so let’s make the most of what the Alpina offers before relaxing on the terrace with Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen beer or coffee and eating in the charming Kamenzimmer Restaurant. Alternatively, how about wandering into town to enjoy Garmisch’s excellent dining scene before we sleep – at the Alpina, you’re just minutes’ walk from the town centre.
In the morning, rise to the sound of Garmisch waking, then fuel up for the day with the sumptuous breakfast buffet before more exploring.
What do the films Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Luchino Visconti’s Ludwig or The Monuments Men have in common? The answer, in case you hadn’t guessed, is they all featured scenes set in fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle that towers imposingly over cosy, family-run, Hotel Alpenstuben on Hohenschwangau's Alpseestrasse.
Tonight, your accommodation is in a welcoming, country-house style room with flat-screen satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and in some cases, a view of Schloss Neuschwanstein itself. After settling in, relax with a book (if you can keep your eyes off the castle) or bring your trip journal up to date on the hotel’s sunny terrace.
Later, if you’re not dining in town, enjoy tasty Bavarian cuisine in the hotel restaurant. In the morning, we know you’ll be bubbling with excitement about visiting world-famous Neuschwanstein, but do take time for breakfast before heading out to explore. The castles have stood for centuries, so they’ll still be there after you enjoy a delicious continental Fruehstuck.
Then you’re off and exploring and we're pretty sure what’s top of your ‘must-visit’ list for today. Fortunately, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles, as well as lovely Alpsee lake, are within comfortable walking or cycling distance.
While checking in, do ask about arranging castle tickets; tickets for guided castle tours are also available next door to the hotel.
After another day immersed in the amazing scenery and culture of Bavaria, you pedal up to a warm welcome at the family-run (since 1934, no less) Hotel Turmwirt. Your hotel is on Ettalerstrasse in Oberammergau, home of the world-famous passion play that takes place in the heart of the Ammergau Alps every 10 years.
After the Glas family’s team welcome you and check you in, the relaxation really begins in your spacious room, with private bathroom, hairdryer, safety deposit box, minibar and free Wi-Fi. Many rooms have balconies too – perfect for viewing the surrounding mountain landscape.
After a day’s cycling, what could be nicer than enjoying the hotel’s wellness facilities? A fitness room, Finnish sauna, steam room, infrared cabin, shower room and relaxation room with comfortable loungers await you.
After supper in Oberamergau, its time for a quiet drink in the Turmwirt’s Alter Bayernsal bar before retiring for a restoring night’s sleep.
In the morning, wake to the ringing parish church bell before saddling up to explore the Allgaeu. But first, enjoy the Turmwirt’s substantial morning buffet (gluten-free available) in the Alte Buergerstube breakfast room. They rent bikes here, so clearly understand the importance of a hearty breakfast for cyclists like us!
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room without flights and transfers.
Triple room: £10 per third person per night.
Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses e.g. food or cots, to be paid direct to the hotelier.
Children under 12 years: £15 off per night.
Single room: £22 per night.
E-Bike: £20 per day (number of days charged will be one less than the number of nights of your tour).
Tandem: £15 per day (number of days charged will be one less than the number of nights of your tour).
£250 per person
Our experts shall be only too pleased to research the most convenient and best value flights for you and, to arrange your airport transfers. Please call on 01584 877596 for an individual quotation, which will be sent to you by email. On acceptance of our quotation, we shall be pleased to book all arrangements for you.
Holidays booked together with a flight are protected by The Travel Trust Association’s ATOL (number: 10300).
Flights and transfers are charged at cost, plus a £20 per person booking fee to cover service and ATOL fees.
If you wish to extend your holiday, with perhaps a short stay in a nearby city of interest, please call our experts on 01584 877596 for help and guidance.
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