- Staying at Lake Starnberger See – one of the most beautiful lakes in Munich
- Visiting the famous Olympic town of Garmisch Partenkirchen, former home of the Winter Olympics
- Enjoying the views of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze (2962 m)
- Cycling alongside crystal clear waters and jumping in at the end of the day
- Riding through the sunny Isar valley with your family
What impressed us every day was how varied the scenery was, from forest paths to Alpine meadows, lovely towns and villages, river banks and lakes. We were never bored!
Today you’ll arrive in Lake Starnberg. Your hire bikes and welcome packs (includes route notes and maps) will be waiting for you in the hotel. Starnberg is Bavaria’s second largest lake, and is a beautiful place to start your cycling holiday.
Optional Extra in Munich
If you’d prefer to arrive into Munich, we can organise an extra night for you at the start of your trip in the city centre. You can then take the train to Starnberg on day 2, where you’ll pick up your bikes ready to start cycling on day 3.
- Meals: Breakfast
This morning you’ll head out on your bikes! You’ll cycle along the edge of lake Starnberg, marvelling at the glistening lake views. You’ll cycle through the nature protection area “Osterseen” (Easter lakes) where 19 small lakes form a unique highland moor area. This is a true paradise, which invites you to go for a swim. Next, you’ll cycle past one of Bavaria’s warmest lakes – the lake Froschhauser, before arriving in Murnau.
Murnau is a lovely town, and you’ll have time this afternoon to wander through its colourful old town, and explore some of its museums.
- Meals: Breakfast
In the morning you’ll cross Middle-Europe’s largest moor and swamp area, the Murnauer Moos nature reserve. Today’s route is really flat, largely along non asphalted, but pleasant to ride, trails.
You’ll follow the river Loisach through areas of unspoilt nature to the famous Olympic town of Garmisch Partenkirchen, former home of the Winter Olympics.
Today’s stage is kept quite brief, giving you plenty of time to take a cable car up Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze (2962 m) which provides breathtaking views of the Alps. If you set off early, you can often reach the Zugspitze by early afternoon; the best time for the best views!
- Meals: Breakfast
This morning you’ll be greeted by breathtaking views of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. Then you’ll set off on your bikes! Today there’ll be plenty of opportunity for a quick swim in one of the refreshing mountain lakes. You can also take a small detour to the adventure play area in Krün – great fun for children! Continuing on your bikes, you’ll pedal further past crystal-clear, turquoise lakes, until you reach the centre of Fall. If you’ve still got some energy, from your hotel in Fall you can rent canoes or stand up paddle boards (price not included – approx. 22 euros per person).
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you’ll leave the marvellous lake Sylvenstein as you head towards Bad Tölz. Crossing the mighty dame walls, you’ll cycle along the river Isar via the little town of Lenggries. Your route will wind through beautiful countryside, with plenty of chances to swim in the natural, outdoor pools. You might fancy challenging yourself to a high ropes course in Isarwinkel (price not included), before arriving in Bad Tölz.
This once-important trading place, situated at the crossing of two old trading routes (the river Isar and the old salt route from Reichenhall to Allgäu), still manages to impress with imposing, richly decorated old buildings.
The route today is flat all the way, so you can take your time gently meandering towards your destination.
- Meals: Breakfast
Your last day of cycling will take you back to Lake Starnberg. You’ll follow a gentle route, offering up some last minute opportunities to swim in the beautiful Bavarian lakes. We recommend enjoying a relaxing drink and bite to eat in a shady restaurant or pub garden today. Once you arrive back at the lake you might fancy taking a boat ride across the lake or enjoying one of the tasty homemade pastries in one of the many cafes. Maybe you will spot one of the celebs that often head to lake Starnberg!
This tour follows the Isar Cycle Path, seeing you cycle along the glacial-green Isar river. The route follows mainly cycle paths and quiet roads, although the section between Wallgau and Fall follows slightly busier roads. The majority of the route will be on tarmac or well-surfaced cycle paths, with some short sections on hard packed gravel / dirt roads and farm tracks. Overall a relaxing cycle tour with only a few short ascents. We recommend a hybrid bike for this tour (not suitable for road bikes).
Family Cycling Grade
Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays
Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes
Some modest climbs
Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Holidays that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.
The service provided from Saddle Skedaddle was excellent, with immediate responses to any questions I had – I couldn’t ask for more from them.
Dates & Prices
2021 Daily departures available between 03 Apr and 09 Oct.
Season 1 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 03 Apr and the 30 Apr and the 25 Sep and the 09 Oct – £665 per adult.
Season 2 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 01 May and the 11 Jun and the 11 Sep and the 24 Sep: £695 per adult.
Season 3 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 12 Jun and the 10 Sep: £740 per adult.
We are able to offer the following discounts on the land only price for children. 0 – 5: Free Place, 6 – 11 40%, 12 – 14: 20%, 15 and above: 10%. Available when the child is sharing a room with 2 fully-paying passengers (dependent on availability).
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in good quality 3* hotels and guesthouses
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) English-speaking local representative
D) Detailed route notes and maps
E) Luggage transfers
What's not Included
A) Bike hire (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Meals not stated in the itinerary
D) Single room (available if required)
E) Travel insurance
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
I) Travel to first hotel on arrival day
J) Travel from final hotel on departure day
K) City or visitor’s tax where applicable.
Jane, UKReally enjoyable holiday!
The holiday was really enjoyable in a region we had never visited before, each day brought different stunning views and we had fabulous weather too! Much to explore and visit in the area after the cycling. Skedaddle were always very prompt and very helpful and it was reassuring to know they were contactable during the holiday if it proved necessary. We were very pleased with the hotels and each day brought varied and fabulous scenery.
AnonymousCouldn't ask for more from Skedaddle
The service provided from Saddle Skedaddle was excellent, with immediate responses to any questions I had – I couldn’t ask for more from them. The Garmisch-Partenkirschen to Fall day was amazing and particularly stands out.
Lucinda, LondonFantastic Holiday!
Loved the first day… The Starnberger See and the countryside were wonderful and arriving in Murnau’s cobbled street in the evening with people sitting out at the restaurants was magical! What impressed us every day was how varied the scenery was during each day, from woods and forest paths to Alpine meadows and farms, to lovely towns and villages , river banks and lakes. We were never bored!