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From Alpine peaks to the Auenwald — 7 stages on the Isar cycle path

Esther Wattendrup

From Alpine peaks to the Auenwald — 7 stages on the Isar cycle path

Bike Touring Collection by Isarradweg

4-7

days

3-5 h

/ day

198 mi

4,725 ft

6,675 ft

The nursery on the Isar is truly idyllic: surrounded by Alpine peaks, the Isar sees the light of day in the impressive Karwendel nature reserve. As a fresh mountain stream, the Isar splashes happily along as it slowly grows until it tells its native Austria "Pfiat-di" in the Tyrolean village of Scharnitz to experience new adventures in picturesque Upper Bavaria. Passing idyllic beer gardens, houses with artistic paintings and the breathtaking scenery of the foothills of the Alps, the small river slowly grows up until it leaves the rural idyll behind Bad Tölz to seek its fortune in the big city of Munich. Afterwards it becomes calm again. The Isar flows as a sublime river through the floodplain forests of the district of Freising, where it is dammed up here and there and is a source of electricity for the people, but also a habitat for countless water birds. Behind Plattling, the Isar River blooms once more and forms its wonderful estuary before it merges forever with the Danube near Deggendorf.

In seven stages you will accompany the Isar on its journey from Austria to Lower Bavaria. The river cycle path runs mostly car-free on cycle paths that are sometimes paved, but mostly gravelled. If you follow the path from the source of the river Isar to its mouth, it tends to go downhill, so that the individual stages can also be easily mastered by occasional cyclists. On the way you will always find beautiful bike rest areas, restaurants and beer gardens as well as all kinds of cultural highlights such as exciting museums, picturesque old towns and historic castles and palaces.

In every stage there are enough accommodations, which provide for a pleasant stay. Every town has at least one Bett+Bike accommodation — these are ADFC-certified, especially cyclist-friendly establishments, which have specially adapted to cyclists like you. You can find more information here: bettundbike.de. The Isar cycle path is also listed in the ADFC brochure "Discover Germany by bike".

To get to the start of the Isar cycle path, you can drive to Scharnitz by car. The train will bring you back from the finish of the tour in Deggendorf in about five hours, so that you can pick up your car again. Alternatively, we recommend the following arrival concept: park your car in Munich and take the train to Scharnitz. In Deggendorf there is only a two-hour train drive back to Munich waiting for you. Maybe you'll even spend another day exploring the Bavarian capital in peace and quiet?

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The Stages On The Isar Cycle Path

  • Intermediate
    02:30
    20.2 mi
    8.1 mph
    825 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Isar origin lies in the middle of the idyllic, car-free Karwendel nature park. All around is nothing, except a small rest area for hikers and cyclists, as well as an informative plaque. Here you can sit in peace and enjoy a drink of fresh Isar water and the fantastic views of nature.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:56
    37.4 mi
    9.5 mph
    775 ft
    1,650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage on the Isar cycle path leads you through the picturesque alpine world of Karwendel, where the formerly small river spreads in an ever-widening valley. Small, green islands and white gravel banks framed by the stunning mountains make you feel like you're cycling through the wilds of Canada

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  • Intermediate
    04:00
    36.0 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From cozy Bad Tölz you drive today to bustling Munich. From the idyll to the big city - this is the third stage on the Isarradweg something very special, because Munich differs from the otherwise consistently quiet milestones. But as Munich is simply beautiful and totally worth seeing, you can look forward

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  • Intermediate
    02:49
    24.3 mi
    8.6 mph
    375 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On the fourth leg over the Isarradweg you leave Munich and follow the Isar to the large county town of Freising. On the way, the idyllic floodplain landscape of the Isar provides a quiet contrast to the bustling destination of the previous stage.

    

    In the middle of Munich the Isar is a kind Ruhepol. Although

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  • Intermediate
    03:07
    27.3 mi
    8.8 mph
    475 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth stage on the Isar cycle path starts in Freising and leads you from the beginning along the Isarufer car-free in the direction of the northeast. Here and there you cross the Isar over a bridge and change the shore. But you will never leave the beautiful landscape that spoils you today with tranquility

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  • Intermediate
    02:44
    22.1 mi
    8.1 mph
    600 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the beautiful city center in Landshut you start the sixth stage on the tour along the Isarradweg. As soon as you have left the city, you are back on the idyllic cycle path, which usually brings you along traffic-free cycle paths and gravel paths along the river Isar to Dingolfing.

    

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  • Difficult
    03:44
    30.8 mi
    8.2 mph
    550 ft
    675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    In Dingolfing starts the seventh and last stage on the Isar cycle path, which has led you from the source of the Isar to its mouth to Deggendorf.

    

    First, the bike path along the river leads through the beautiful, tranquil Aulandschaft the Isar. Here you can enjoy car-free dirt roads again and again and

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    198 mi
  • Duration
    22:50 h
  • Elevation
    4,725 ft6,675 ft

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