Cycling In Bavaria
Cycling in Bavaria allows the tourist to explore the region’s incredibly rich and varied terrain, view the sights and visit its towns and villages at leisure.
Not only is cycling an excellent way to appreciate the Bavarian countryside; many people like to travel around Munich, the capital of Bavaria, on a bicycle as well.
Bavaria provides a wide range of cycling activities. Some people prefer to cycle for only part of their holiday.
Others like to take to the bike for the whole holiday. Indeed, there are even organised cycling holidays in the region.
The Bavarian terrain provides a wide range of cycling activities, from quiet relaxing rides to the much more physically demanding mountain biking.
Cycling In Bavaria –Routes & Treks
The popularity of cycling in this German state is demonstrated by the fact that there are well over 100 cycle routes (Radweg in German), crisscrossing Bavaria. These routes from just a few miles to well over 250 miles long, offering a wide range of terrain to navigate and sights and places to visit along the way.
For those centring their stay in Munich there are also maps of cycle routes within the city available from the local tourist information offices that are dotted around the city.
Cycling In Bavaria Away From Munich
There are some well-known cycling treks that the keen cyclist should consider undertaking when visiting Bavaria.
One of the most popular though demanding routes is the one that runs from Lake Constance all the way to the lovely Lake Koningsee.
This fantastic route is a long one as it involves cycling some 250 miles. On the way there are some wonderful views and landmarks including the Neuschwanstein Castle, the Wieskirche, the Herrenchiemsee Castle which looks upon Lake Chiemsee, and the salt mines in the Berchtesgadener Land.
Of course, this trek, as with all routes when cycling in Bavaria, does not just mean constant cycling. Time can be taken out to enjoy what the area has to offer. For instance, on arrival at Lake Chiemsee it is always a good idea to take a boat out to beautiful Herreninsel and Fraueninsel islands.
For those who want appreciate the splendour of the Alps, the impressive city of Munich and the beautiful Bavarian countryside then the Isar cycle tour should not be missed. This 180 mile trek starts high in the Bavarian Alps. It follows the River Isar down to Munich. En route are some of Bavaria’s most enticing views and tourist traps.
A stop in Mittenwald gives a great opportunity to visit the town’s violin maker’s museum. The trail continues to Bad Tolz where cyclists can take a break and stroll along a market street which is steeped in history. Other places of interest on this trek are the Pupplinger Au nature reserve and the Schaftlarn Abbey. The high plateau overlooking the River Isar at Landau an der Isar affords a wonderful view.
Another impressive cycle rail is the Bavarian leg of the Danube trail which links with the Romantic Road in Germany. The Bavarian section of this trial is some 250 miles, but that is only a small part of this trail which also carves a route through Austrian, Hungarian, Serbian and Rumanian territory. En route are the towns of Regensburg and Passau. Time out can also be enjoyed with a boat trip at the gorge near Kelheim.
Anyone wanting to cycle these trails will require overnight accommodation. And there is plenty of choice in Bavaria with nearly 800 ‘bike-friendly’ places, from 5-star hotels to campsites, providing accommodation for cyclists.
Cyclists can stay for just one night if they want only a brief stop, or longer if they so wish. The accommodation always provides storage facilities for bikes, washing machines and drying rooms as well as a hearty breakfast – essential for those looking to enjoy another hard day’s cycling. Incidentally, many of these places have bikes for hire, so can be a starting point for a cycling holiday.
For those who prefer more vigorous cycling then mountain biking is a must. And Bavaria is perfect for mountain bikers. There are even organised mountain biking tours for those who want test their skills in the mountains, hills and the Bavarian Forest.
Bike hire readily available for those who don’t want to take their own machine but who want to enjoy some cycling in Bavaria, particularly those who fly in to Munich.
There is no shortage of places to hire a bicycle in Munich. Indeed, an excellent way to get to know the city and appreciate its landmarks and tourist spots is to ride around it on a bike.
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