Enjoy the perfect antidote to life’s stresses as you enjoy the magnificent landscapes and inviting mountain Gasthoefe in southern Bavaria and Austria’s breathtaking Tyrol on another of our cycling holidays in Germany and Austria.
If you want to explore Germanic culture, some of Europe’s most spectacular mountain landscapes, and the satisfying, mouth-watering cuisine, beer and wine on offer; this is the odyssey for you...
From the spectacular Spitzingsee, to the romantic Leutasch Valley and jet set Garmisch-Partenkirchen beneath the mighty Zugspitze, cycling tours of Austria and Bavaria don’t come much better…
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 Spitzingsee.
After the first of many delicious Bavarian breakfasts, we personally equip you with your bicycle – and make sure it fits perfectly for the adventure ahead.
Then we’re off into town to explore before venturing further afield around the local area. Spitzingsee, a treasure on the shore of the similarly named lake, is at the heart of a cycling and hiking paradise. If, however, you fancy dismounting for a while, gondola lifts such as the Stuempfling Sesselbahn give fast access to the surrounding mountains’ breathtaking views.
Alternatively, plunge straight into slightly more strenuous cycling with an adventure that’s guaranteed to reward the effort. Descend from Spitzingsee into the valley below, then ride to one of Bavaria’s most beautiful villages – Bayrishzell – beneath the distinctive Wendelstein. Continuing on, regain height on a spectacular cycle track through the Kloaschauer Tal and rocky Elendgraben. At a low saddle, enjoy splendid views before descending to Spitzingsee and another relaxing evening.
Now completely immersed in Bavaria’s superb scenery and culture, we head south along the Valepperstrasse. Soon, we join a narrow lane that’s closed to normal traffic – but perfect for cycle adventurers like us. As we follow the Rote Valepp, the only river flowing from the Spitzingsee, we enjoy the contrast of gently undulating alpine meadows and dark, mysterious pine forests.
Later, the river’s other branch, the Weisse Valepp, joins before the river flows onwards to eventually join the Inn. We, however, turn upstream and head for the enchanting lakeside resort of Rottach-Eggern – one of several lovely villages around the gorgeous Tegernsee. We deserve a leisurely break after our ride, so let’s enjoy suitable refreshments in one of many stylish cafés and restaurants. Time allowing, do visit the impressive church of St Laurentious too. Then we’re back in the saddle for a short valley ride to peaceful Kreuth where we're staying tonight.
Kreuth is renowned as a wellbeing and relaxation centre. Since 1490, the nearby springs of Wildbad soothed away aches and pains, while imposing Schloss Ringberg dominates the valley north of the town.
Appreciation of nature (closely followed by appreciation of fine Bavarian cuisine, wines and beers) is Kreuth’s modern reason for existence. So we’ll enter into the spirit and enjoy the sublime walking and cycling that the stunning surrounding area offers.
After another fortifying breakfast, and with picnic lunches – Brotzeit – packed, few local routes are more rewarding than the one leading around the nearby Hirschberg. We recommend heading back to the Tegernsee, then circumnavigating the Hirschberg in an anti-clockwise direction. At the perfectly located Schwarzentannenalm Gasthof, we challenge you to resist the siren call of its sunny terrace and tempting menu of simple mountain fare before returning to Kreuth.
Too soon, it’s time for the next spectacular stage of our cycling adventure. This morning, we initially climb gently between wooded lower slopes. We enter Austria briefly, then return to Bavaria before crossing the low saddle of the Achenpass and descending to the north shore of the shimmering Sylvensteinsee. If we’re not saving ourselves for the excellent Gasthof Post in Vorderiss, (five kilometres on) the lake's wooded shores offer excellent picnicking. What could be lovelier than savouring delicious Bavarian Bauernbrot, sausage, mountain cheese, fresh fruit with a refreshing beer while admiring the Karwendel Alps.
Halfway along the man-made lake, we cross the dam, then leap to the southern shore on the impressive Faller-Klamm-Bruecke. Then we continue downhill – via Vorderiss – alongside the braided Isar. Riding towards Wallgau, we have free access to a private toll road along the broadening glaciated valley. After about an hour on this lovely shaded lane, we reach our destination. It’s another gorgeous village amid rolling emerald meadows, sparkling lakes and the eternal peaks. South lies Mittenwald and to the west, Garmisch-Partenkirchen. But first, let’s enjoy Wallgau…
Today is yours to enjoy the unspoiled natural beauty of Wallgau and its environs – or even a luxurious lie-in, followed by a gentle village stroll. Alternatively, how about hiking up the Magarete Neuner Panorama Weg to the hospitality and panoramic views of the Maxhuette?
Alternatively, if another day’s cycling appeals, the 10km ride north to the azure Walchensee (at 192 metres, one of Germany’s deepest alpine lakes) always rewards – and it’s often remarkably quiet. As with other local lakes, the Walchensee comes with fascinating tales of WW2 treasure and ditched wartime aircraft…
On the way there or back, pretty Obernachkanal Waterfall and diminutive, but enchanting, Sachen-See, are easy detours before returning to our hotel.
The bright lights of Garmisch-Partenkirchen lie just along the valley, but we contain our excitement for a few days more as we ride south to Seefeld.
Mittenwald, reached soon after leaving Wallgau, is renowned for its brightly painted old houses, violin-making and gravity-defying Karwendelbahn. In this most-lovely of alpine resorts, tucked away in the narrowing valley, the welcoming Gasthoefe and café tables invite a stop. Whether you enjoy a beer, sparkling Sekt or refreshing Eiskaffee with a scrumptious slab of apple strudel, resistance is futile! The road can wait. Only later, now suitably refreshed, we’ll re-enter Austria and pass through the romantic Leutasch Gorge – the Leutascher Geisterklamm – with its enchanting waterfall and vistas.
Continuing on, we enjoy another spectacular ride along peaceful valley-floor lanes beneath the imposing Wetterrstein range. As we wind our way towards Seefeld, a chain of lovely hamlets, including Unterkirchen, Emmat and Weidach beckon us onwards – and tempt us to tarry awhile in their welcoming inns.
Later, beyond Neuleutasch, we reach Seefeld, in its natural cradle between the Karwendel and Wetterstein ranges.
Today is ours to explore Seefeld. As well as being an important winter sports centre, it’s an idyllic focal point for summer walking and cycling. At low level, verdant pastures and wandering tracks merge into forests that seem to break like waves against the lower slopes of mighty, craggy-peaked alpine massifs.
As a chic, long-established, resort, Seefeld is packed with stylish cafés and restaurants. You’re sure to be tempted by treats around every corner. In between, we recommend exploring Seekirchl’s dainty, onion-domed, Baroque church in Seekirchl. Or the exquisite frescoes in Gothic Sankt. Oswald’s, before strolling onto a nearby hillock to see 12 standing stones that represent the apostles.
You crave altitude? Then the Seefelder Jochbahn’s breathtaking mountain panoramas are easily accessible. Or if you’re ’mountained out’ and simply want to rub noses with some cute bio-Alpacas, just pedal out to Triendlsaege 925.
Finally, if you decide to eschew two wheels, leave Seefeld behind and head for historic Innsbruck, the Tyrolean capital is just 35 minutes away by train along the Inn valley. The choice is yours!
Adventures bring choices: today’s is between two carefully researched routes. Both are equally rewarding as you traverse the inspiring landscape, but one is definitely a bit longer and more adventurous!
So take your pick and let the day’s splendours unfold as you circumnavigate the mighty massif of the Wettersteingebirge – it marks the frontier between Austria and Bavaria. Explore the (longer) western route and you begin by backtracking for a few kilometres, then heading west along the Leutasch Valley on a well-marked cycle track. This leads you to a sunny pass at the Ehrwalder Alm. From there, the wind in your hair, it's downhill all the way to Garmisch-Partenkirchen via Ehrwald and Grainau.
Alternatively, the slightly shorter eastern route retraces our earlier ride almost to Mittenwald. Then we turn onto a delightful lane, pass Schloss Elmau, pause for refreshment in Klais, and continue west to our destination. And what a destination it is…
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – known colloquially as ‘GaPa’ – is spectacularly located beneath Germany’s highest peak, the 2962m Zugspitze. If you feel active, and the weather’s favourable, it’s a must-do excursion by cogwheel train, and the Gletscherbahn and Zugspitze cableways.
Alternatively, stay in town and explore modern Garmisch or the oldest, most historic districts of Partenkirchen. Or cycle out to Kainzenbad, marvel at the Olympic stadium, ride the Eckbauerbahn cableway and hike the romantic Partnach Gorge with its wild waterfalls, tumbling rapids and sparkling pools.
Maybe, however, after a week’s cycling, all you want to do is emulate the jet set and enjoy GaPa’s tempting shopping, cosy cafés and excellent restaurants. Try the mouth-watering savoury Flammkuchen or irresistibly sweet Kaiserschmarrn – you know you want to!
Today we bid Bavaria a fond ‘Auf Wiedersehen’, transfer to Munich Airport by train or minibus and start looking forward to next year’s cycling adventure.
It’s just a few steps across the lawn to the shimmering lake from your sublime four-star base in Spitzingsee, high in the Romantic Bavarian Alps at 3556 feet (1084m).
Enjoying the stunning views as the sun sets behind the Roskopf is just one treat awaiting us in this idyllic location. After a long day’s adventures, we can relax in the hotel spa and beauty area. Try different saunas or the steaming hot tub, pamper yourself with wellness treatments, or exercise in the 24-hour fitness room with – you’ve guessed – panoramic lake views…
Later, let’s dine on delicious Bavarian cuisine in the Koenig Ludwig Stube, or mouth-watering Mediterranean gastronomy in the Tuscan-style Osteria L’Oliva. Then, tired-but-happy, we’ll enjoy a restorative night’s sleep in our contemporary or traditionally-decorated – mountain style – room. Many have balconies with mountain or lake views, plus well-appointed private bathrooms, flat-screen TV, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi and the other appointments that we look forward to after our adventures.
In the morning, a delicious breakfast, with regional specialities, awaits us as we greet the day and look forward to exploring the Spitzingsee or heading further afield on our bikes.
What a wonderful romantic Bavarian mountain hideaway you’ll enjoy when you visit this traditional alpine inn, tucked away on the Raineralmweg in a wonderful forested valley.
After a busy day’s exploring, what could be better than tucking into a delicious supper. The Schwaigeralm offers a variety of delicious local specialities. Will it be one of their wonderful local trout dishes – Forelle – or a classic wiener schnitzel? Or maybe, season allowing, mouth-watering game goulash – Hirschgulasch – maybe washed down with a stein of wonderful Augustiner beer as well…
Your room in this quintessentially Bavarian mountain inn is equipped with a desk, which may be useful for writing up the many adventures that you’re enjoying on your cycling holiday. There’s flat-screen TV too, as well as a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi and other essential appointments to help you feel at home. Some rooms also have balconies.
After a great night’s sleep amid the Bavarian pines and peaks, breathe in the sparkling mountain air before enjoying a fortifying continental breakfast to set you up for the day’s pedalling.
You’ve ridden through the picturesque upper Isar valley and reached Wallgau. Tired but happy, you head for the heart of this typically Bavarian town at the foot of the lofty Karwendel, Wetterstein and Soiern ranges. Your hotel awaits, just around the corner from the dirndl store and St Jakob’s church - the family-run, 400-year-old Hotel zur Post.
Immediately, you see why this is such an adored Wallgau institution. It’s a building that preserves the best of Bavarian traditions and culture including stunning eighteenth-century Lueftmalerien frescoes.
Freshened up after the day’s cycling, enjoy delicious regional cuisine in the footsteps of celebrities including, reportedly, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. Throughout the hotel, look out for traditional wooden furniture – how many exquisite carved hearts can you spot on the way down to supper and more Bavarian hospitality. Will you savour the legendary roast whole veal shank? Or, season permitting, mouth-watering pan-fried Renke – related to salmon - from the mysterious Walchensee? Don’t overlook the imaginative vegetarian options either…
Later, savour a restorative night’s alpine sleep and dream of the adventures to come... Most rooms have south-facing balconies overlooking the Karwendel – with private bathrooms, satellite TV, internet access and other modern appointments as well as authentic Bavarian details.
In Seefeld, we’re based in the town’s pedestrianised heart – one of the town’s best-rated locations where Innsbruckerstrasse and Reitherspitzstrasse meet. Welcome to family-owned Alte Schmiede Hiltpolt with its bright-coloured awnings and flower-bedecked balconies…
The rooms typically feature the light-blond country-style woodwork so redolent of Austria’s Tyrol. Balconies are usual, plus private bathroom, hairdryer, flat-screen TV and other modern touches to ensure our comfort after the ride. Later let’s relax in the hotel’s inviting spa, enjoy a dip in the indoor pool and trying the organic sauna or massage showers. And as we research tomorrow’s train times, it’s good to know the Wi-Fi is free.
A stay at the Alte Schmiede - The Old Forge - combines historical ambience with the modern conveniences we enjoy. It’s the same in the well-rated Restaurant Zur Alten Schmiede, where traditional Tyrolean specialities delight our taste buds alongside international cuisine – and of course fine wines and beers.
And in the morning, before we ride Seefeld’s cableways, enjoy free access to the nearby mini-golf, or catch the train to Innsbruck, there’s a wonderful buffet breakfast to look forward to...
At this romantic, typically Bavarian, alpine hotel, you’re perfectly placed on Martinswinkelstrasse to explore the historic and contemporary attractions of Garmish-Partenkirchen – ‘GaPa’.
We’re just minutes’ easy walk or ride to the town centre’s restaurants, via the lovely Michael-Ende Park with its streams, rustic water wheel, rose-filled clock and delightful sculptures. But that’s for later after we settle into our room and wind-down after the day. How about relaxing with coffee and cake on the hotel terrace or on a comfy sun-lounger on the perfectly manicured lawn... Or sample delicious Weissbier or a celebratory glass of Sekt in the hotel’s cosy Edelweissstube bar. We’re on holiday, so the choice is ours… Zum Wohl!
The individually decorated rooms – with private bathrooms – combine ‘classic Bavarian’ with stylish contemporary treatments. Most have a balcony or terrace – some with views of the mighty Zugspitze. All with a full selection of modern comforts including minibar, hairdryer, flat-screen TV, free toiletries and Wi-Fi.
In the morning, we plan more adventures over a delicious Bavarian breakfast buffet. Will it be a thrilling ascent of the Zugspitze or a stadtbummel – a leisurely stroll – down Partenkirchen’s historic Ludwigstrasse to the Werdenfels museum?
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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
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