Your new hiking shoes are waiting for their first use? You want to get out and spend a whole day in nature — immediately and without having to travel too far? Then we've got the perfect Collection for you: not only Isar, Ammersee and Starnberger See are perfect hiking destinations in the vicinity of Munich. Many other small forest lakes, streams and rivers lure you out onto the hiking trails.
We have put together seven hiking tours for you that will take you to the most beautiful standing and flowing waters in the Munich environs. Those interested in culture can stroll above Lake Ammersee to Andechs Monastery with its famous brewery. Nature lovers can explore the magnificent landscape of the Ostersee lakes or the wildly romantic Maisinger Gorge. And if you're in a hurry, take the S-Bahn to the outskirts of Munich and stroll from inn to inn through the picturesque Isar Valley.
The best thing about our tours: almost all tours can be easily reached by S-Bahn and regional train directly from Munich – it's not for nothing that Bavaria calls itself Train Land. So nothing stands in the way of your nature excursions.
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The Steinsee and the Kitzelsee are located southeast of Munich and are compared to Ammersee and Lake Starnberg rather small puddles. But that also makes them a real insider tip, because tourists rarely get lost here. As a nature lover, you can look forward to enjoying the secluded lakes with just a few like-minded people.Starting point is the bus stop Niederseeon, which is served weekdays from the bus line 411 from Munich Neuperlach south. Alternatively, you will also find a small hiking car park here. On a quiet side street you walk along meadows and fields to the Kitzelsee. The is well hidden in a small forest and can only be reached via a narrow path. But the view of the quaint lake with its unspoilt shore is worth every step.Over wide meadows, our tour then leads you to the Steinsee. This can be completely surrounded on a hiking trail and offers many swimming in summer. On the north shore you can take a rest in the restaurant "Am Steinsee". In addition, on your way back to the starting point you pass the Niederseeon riding stable, which also houses a restaurant.
Over long stretches of natural nature, the Isar meanders from the Alps through Bavaria to Munich. On her way, she has created picturesque valley landscapes in many places, which are perfect as a backdrop for small and large hikes. Especially beautiful is the Isartal around the monastery Schäftlarn in the south of Munich. Our route leads you past the monastery to the Ickinger weir and then on the other shore back to the starting point.Take the S-Bahn from Munich to the Ebenhausen-Schäftlarn station, the starting point of the hike. On a dirt road, it goes gently downhill past the monastery. A quiet road leads you to the Isar shore, where a rustic hiking trail branches off. The rooty and unspoiled path meanders through the forest along the Isar and gives you many beautiful views of the water.At the Ickinger weir with its distinctive wooden structure, you cross the Isar and then walk along a comfortable path along the banks of the Isar canal, which runs parallel to the river for a few kilometers. Soon it is worth taking a detour to the other shore to take a break at the fish farm Aumühle with smoked fish specialties. If you do not care about fish, then you just continue your tour and come instead in the beer garden Bruckenfischer on the Isar shore or in the monastery restaurant of the monastery Schäftlarn. From the monastery it is only a few meters back to the starting point of the hike.
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This tour takes you along a particularly unspoilt section of the Isar - but right on the edge of Munich and thus ideally accessible. In addition to wonderful views of the Isar, the hike offers cozy refreshments and the museum at Burg Grünwald.Your hike through the Isar Valley begins at the Großhesselohe Isartalbahnhof S-Bahn station. After a short stretch of road you will reach a forest trail that leads you to the very cozy forestry - a first place for a short stop. Following you follow our route through the forest on the edge of the Isar Valley. From time to time you can catch a glimpse of the river between the trees before you cross it on the Grünwalder bridge.On the other side of the river, make a detour to Burg Grünwald, where you can learn a lot about life in a medieval castle in the museum. Afterwards you walk very close to the Isar shore back to the north. Over the Großhesseloher bridge - which offers a fantastic view by the way - you get back to the other shore. At the café-kiosk Isarfräulein a little pause and a little later you are back at the S-Bahn station.
With its clear blue water, the Ammersee attracts not only water sports enthusiasts - even hikers can explore forests, meadows and shore paths around Bavaria's third largest lake. A particularly beautiful trip takes you from Herrsching on the east bank over a beautiful hiking trail up to the monastery Andechs. While believers and those interested in culture marvel at the pilgrimage church, beer lovers in the monastery brewery can make their way over the home-brewed beer. In fact, Andechs Monastery is today the last abbey in Germany where a monastery brewery is run independent of the group. Well then, cheers!From the Herrsching train station, which can be reached directly from Munich by S-Bahn, our tour winds its way first through the cozy town. From Kientstraße, the path leads through a sparse forest and then out onto wide meadows. Even from afar you can see the monastery, which you reach after about four kilometers. Give yourself enough time here to explore all the facilities and take a break in the brewery.Afterwards you walk down quiet forest paths down to the shore of the Ammersee. Once there, you follow the promenade with a great view back to the starting point of your hike.
The Osterseen are composed of more than 20 lakes, which have a total area of 225 hectares - more than enough space for a long day trip. The varied lake landscape is a remnant of the last ice age. As they retreated, the mighty Alpine glaciers left huge blocks of ice that needed decades to completely defrost. They left large hollows that filled up with the meltwater and thus became lakes. Our tour will take you through a part of this natural landscape in a small round - if you like, you can easily extend it.Starting point of the tour is the station Iffeldorf, which is approached by regional trains from Munich. From here, it first goes along the tracks for a while, until the trail branches off in the direction of the Osterseen. After just a few steps, you can enjoy the view over the expanses of the Great Ostersee and its densely wooded shores - Canada sends its regards.After you have crossed the marsh area around the blue Gumpe, you go to the village Iffeldorf. Here the Landgasthof Osterseen attracts with its magnificent terrace for a well deserved break. Alternatively, you can wander a bit further to the Fohnsee, where the Fohnseestüberl welcomes you. Along the Fohnsee you hike to the ice lake and finally to the train station Iffeldorf.
West of Lake Starnberg, the Maisinger Bach has dug over many millennia a wildly romantic gorge in the dense forest. From Starnberg you can cross the gorge on well-developed hiking trails, visit the Maisinger lake and enjoy the magnificent view over Lake Starnberg right up to the Alps.Starting point of the hike is the train station Starnberg, which you can reach with the S-Bahn or the regional train from Munich. From here, take a few steps through the city until you find the signposted hiking trail to Maisinger Gorge. Always upriver you walk directly along the Maisinger stream through the picturesque gorge with its jungle-like trees, the sparkling water and the exciting rock walls.At the end of the gorge you reach the village of Maising. Here the Gasthaus Georg Ludwig invites you to an extensive break. Over wide meadows you will then stroll to Maisinger See. Due to the surrounding moor landscape, the lake is under conservation. On its shore is also a cozy inn for a stop.Afterwards, our route leads you to the southeast and then with a wonderful view on the panorama trail back to the starting point in Starnberg.
Also north of Munich attract smaller and larger waters for a leisurely trip. Our suggestion: a walk along the Amper near Dachau. From the city center, our tour takes you along the wooded banks of the river and through peaceful nature. Comfortable rest stops complete the pleasure hike.In just a few minutes, the S-Bahn or regional train will take you from Munich to Dachau train station. Here begins your little hike on the banks of the Amper. First, the route winds a little through the city to the riverbank. After passing the nostalgic hydroelectric power station, you leave the city behind you a little later.On a well-developed hiking and cycling path, it goes along the banks of the peacefully flowing Amper. At Günding you cross the parallel Amperkanal and wander through small wooded areas and over open glades. A little later, the amp is crossed. On the other bank you start the way back to Dachau. For a stop now offer the inn "Old Love" or the city cellar. No matter how you decide: Bavarian hospitality and hearty dishes are guaranteed.