On the edge of the Bavarian Alps you will find a wonderful landscape with rivers, lovely lakes and mountain. The area is also called „the blue land“. The tour starts in the famous city of Garmisch Partenkirchen with the highest mountain in Germany (Mount Zugspitze) and alpine ski races in winter time. You will follow the river trail along the Isar river passing the lake Tegernsee and the spa city of Bad Tölz. Passing by the farmland and many little hamlets you will cycle through the hilly countryside just outside of Munich. Expect the real Bavaria with it churches, beer gardens, monastery and rich landscape
Characteristic: You will cycle through a slightly hilly area passing wonderful lakes and villages. On the first days the landscape will be more alpine and afterwards softer with many lakes. For this tour we expect a good basic fitness and for the longer option you should be fit. There will be some steeper ascents which are not very long and steep descents to pass. Most of the time there are small hills to climb up and afterwards it goes down again. Hm = difference of altitude.
Day 1: Arrival Garmisch Partenkirchen. Overnight stay in Garmisch Partenkirchen.
Day 2: Garmisch Partenkirchen – Isar valley – lake Tegernsee - Bad Tölz 95 km, +1031 Hm, - 1091 Hm. Right after Garmisch the first climb will start and lasts about 11 km! Afterwards you will follow the young Isar river to the barrage of Sylvenstein. Again a short ascent and you will come to the well known lake Tegernsee which is quite popular in Bavaria. Many reach people from Munich have their weekend house there and therefore you may see famous people there. Afterwards you cycle through farmland to the small city of Bad Tölz where you find a wonderful main square with old house, restaurants and coffee houses.
Overnight stay in Bad Tölz
Day 3: Bad Tölz – pre alp roundtrip tour – Bad Tölz, 80 km, +- 800 Hm. Optional: Train to Munich – cycle tour back to Bad Tölz, 70 km, +-600 Hm. You will cycle through the slightly hilly landscape just out of Munich with hamlets and farmland. In the back you will already see the Bavarian Alps. If you start in Munich you will cycle through the Perlacher forrest till you reach the open land with views to the Alpls. Overnight stay in Bad Tölz.
Day 4: Bad Tölz – lake Walchensee – lake Kochelsee – Murnau 85 km, +943 Hm, - 911 Hm. This time you will cycle the Isar valley upwards till you reach the lake Walchensee. Passing a smaller mountain pass it will go downwards in serpentines to the lake Kochelsee. Afterwards you will cycle along the marchland of Murnau which offers nice views and many wild flowers. Overnight stay in Murnau/surroundings.
Day 5: Roundtrip tour into the „blue country“ 80 – 100 km, +- 1100 Hm. Today you cycle more or less from lake to lake but you don’t see all of them. There are not always roads leading to the lakes because it is a nature reserve. Most of the day there will be an up and down but never to much with views over the lakes. Along the trail you will find lovely hamlets, old fashioned beer gardens and views to the Alps. Overnight stay in Murnau/surroundings.
Day 6: Murnau – Oberammergau – lake Eibsee - Garmisch Partenkirchen 90 km, + 1250 Hm, - 1085 Hm. You start cycling along the lake Staffelsees and will pass a soft hilly area. Afterwards you will come to the well know Oberammergau (production of a Passion Play) where you also could visit the castle of “Schloss Linderhof). Passing a demanding mountain pass you will come back to Garmisch Partenkirchen but first you will cycle back to lake Eibsee which is at the edge of Mount Zugspitze. There is a cable car running up to the summit with a small glacier and view to the Alps. Staying on the highest point in Germany might be a good end of the road cycle tour. Overnight stay in Garmisch Partenkirchen.
Day 7: Departure from Garmisch Partenkirchen.
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