The Old town of Lindau is situated on an Isle amidst Lake Constanze. The old and very well-preserved half-timbered houses and not least the harbour with the 800 years old Mang Tower and the view of the mountains will enthrall you. You should arrive early enough to have time strolling through intricate paths, picturesque squares and to old buildings. In the hotel you will get the bikes (if rental is booked) with the equipment and all, what you will need for the tour.
1st Day 46 km - 28 miles. From Lindau up to the Alps to Stiefenhofen
Ahead of you the scenery of the Allgaeu mountains, you will have to manage steady uphill climbing all the day. You will be leaving Lake Constanze and will be cycling along the German-Austrian border. There are several sightseeing places en-route like the modern pilgrimage church in Wigritzbad, the pilgrimage church in Maria Thann, the Syrgenstein Castle (private ownership - only to see from the outside), the parish church in Gestratz. Moreover, the path offers incessantly charming views of the mountains, idyllic lakes and forests. Finally, you will be arriving in Stiefenhofen in the evening, where you will be sleeping in a rustic guesthouse. The very good food is famous in this area. It was built in the 16th century and is one of the oldest guesthouses in the Allgaeu region. Once, the German-Austrian border ran right through it.
2nd Day 24 km - 15 miles. From Stiefenhofen via Oberstaufen to Immenstadt
Today you can recover from the strain with only 24 km/ 15 miles downhill cycle. At first you will reach Oberstaufen. Please take up time for a stroll through this beautiful health resort. Passing by the Alpsee Lake, you will be cycling to Immenstadt. Well-worth seeing are the Marien Square with its historic buildings and St. Nikolaus, the catholic town parish church. Your hotel is situated in the centre of the town.
You have all the afternoon at your disposal. You can take the longest chairlift of Bavaria up to the mountains and enjoy stunning views. From the lift station you can hike to the Alpe Oberberg Cottage, where you can spectate at the cheese production. Or you will go into the modern indoor swimming pool with sauna.
3d Day 63 km - 39 miles. From Immenstadt to the King Castles
You will pass by the Rauhenzell Lake with the Rauhenzell Castle and the beautiful St. Otmar Church and cycle through the most southern brewery village of Germany - Rettenberg. Since 1447, beer is brewed here. You will cycle through several locations, passing by the Rottach Lake via Memersch and Haag to Oy. If the sky is clear, it's worthwhile to climb the mountain in Haag. You are rewarded by a beautiful view of the mountains.
You will see the old Roman Bridge near Haslach and reach Nesselwang at noon, where you can visit the brewery. After this a little snack will be waiting for the group. You will start refreshed towards the King castles Hohenschwangau Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle.
You get to Füssen via Hopferau with its castle (now a hotel) and Hopfensee Lake, where you will have the possibility to take a walk, before you spend the night in a beautiful hotel in Hohenschwangau with a view of the King castles.
4th Day 59 km - 37 miles. From Hohenschwangau via the Romantic Street to Eschenlohe
The next morning, Neuschwanstein Castle is waiting for you with a guided tour. You can climb the mountain by a horse drawn carriage and go down by foot. Then you will leave Hohenschwangau and you can have lunch two hours later in an alp restaurant situated in the woods.
You will be cycling onward via Romantic Street to the pilgrimage Wieskirch Church and on to the King Path and through the Ammer Mountains to the Ammergau. Finally you will reach Eschenlohe via Bad Kohlgrub and the Murnau Moss, where you will spend the night in a guesthouse near the river.
5th Day 48 km - 30 miles. From Eschenlohe to Bad Tolz
You cycle along the Loisach creek to Ohlstadt and have a look at the little Fieberkirchel Church. You will pass by the biggest stud of Bavaria in Schwaiganger and visit the open-air Glentleiten Museum a short time later. Here you will learn much about Bavarian way of life, tradition and architecture. Those who are interested can also visit the Schlehdorf Monastery. You will pass by the Kochelsee Lake and Kochel and reach Benediktbeuern. If you like, you can visit the monastery, the beer garden and the Glashütte Museum. Soon you will be cycling through Heilbrunn and into the health resort town of Bad Toelz with its picturesque Old town, tradition and atmosphere.
6th Day 66 km - 41 miles. From Bad Tolz to Munich
Today you will change to the Isar Cycling Path and move slowly away from the Alps. Following incessantly the Isar River, you will cross the charming foothills of the Alps, passing through Geretsried and Wolfratshausen, where you can watch the wooden raft floating tourists on the water. Then you cycle through the well-known preserve area Pupplinger Au and arrive at the Schaeftlarn Monastery finally. You can have lunch in a nice restaurant with a beer garden nearby the river. Via Grunwald with its medieval castle you will eventually reach Munich, where you will stay overnight.
7th Day Departure. By taking the S-Bahn transit you will arrive at the main station or the Airport within a short time.
- 6 cycling days, 7 nights, 304 km/ 190 miles
- Self led tours can be started in the evening (arrival) of every Monday.
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