Cycling in the foothills of the Alps – gentle rides through Chiemgau

Bike Touring Collection by Chiemsee-Chiemgau

In Chiemgau, you ride along well-developed, mostly flat cycle paths through wonderful landscapes and nature. As you cycle, you marvel at unforgettable views of the lofty Alps which rise majestically in the distance. Deep blue lakes glisten in the sun and rivers wind through the spectacular scenery. With delicious food, fascinating history, and rich culture, the Chiemgau is a great destination for cycling.

In this Collection, we guide you along the ten most beautiful adventure and themed Tours through Chiemgau, a beautiful area in Bavaria in Southern Germany. The varied routes are between 17 and 29 miles (27 and 47 km) long, so you’ll find the right adventure for you.

Many of the routes take you close to water. You can get to know the region’s rivers and lakes on the ‘water adventure Tour’, or cycling around Chiemsee, Waginger See, or Tachinger See. On hot days, you can take a dip in one of the lakes or relax on a beach cafe terrace overlooking the Alps.

You can learn about the region’s history and culture at rustic farms, impressive monasteries, and open-air museums en route. If you love to try new foods, you can indulge in regional specialties on the ‘Schmankerltour’.

All of the Tours in this Collection make use of the region’s wonderful infrastructure. As well as bicycle-friendly accommodation, you will find countless places to stop for refreshments en route.

The starting points of the Tours are easy to reach with public transport. Most regional trains allow you to travel with your bike, too. The Südostbayernbahn trains even let you bring your bike for free and Achental Line buses also transport bicycles. If you prefer to travel light without your bike, you can easily rent one when you arrive.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:14
    22.0 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approximately 35 km long panorama tour does exactly what it promises. You cycle on good cycle paths and quiet roads across the rolling hills around Waginger See and Tachinger See. On the way you will not only enjoy views of the sparkling water of the two lakes, but also of the majestic alpine peaks in the distance.Your bike tour starts at Taching am See. From here you cycle north from the lake shore to Tengling. The route runs parallel to the road along a perfectly developed bike path. You turn east from Tengling. In the constant up and down you drive along meadows and fields over the gentle hills - as a reward there are already the first picturesque views.In Fridolfing it is worth stopping at the Naschmarkt. It continues freshly strengthened, this time in the south and therefore with a perfect view of the majestic alpine backdrop. In Kirchanschöring the bike path bends and leads you gently uphill towards Waginger See. You will soon see the vast lake below you.In Tettenhausen you can reach the lakeshore and at the same time the cozy lido. But even if you are not a water lover, it is worth taking a break here, because the Badwirt restaurant is a great place to dine. From here you cycle along the Tachinger See, which is connected to the Waginger See by a narrow section at Tettenhausen, along to Tengling and then back to Taching am See.

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    Intermediate
    01:56
    17.3 mi
    9.0 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At about 27 kilometers, this beautiful circuit leads you around the Waginger and Tachinger See. The family-friendly bike ride through the middle of nature offers beautiful lake views and picturesque alpine panorama for you.From the starting point in Petting you cycle clockwise around the two lakes. Right at the beginning you drive past wide fields, meadows and small woodland past the shore of Lake Waginger. Here you can let your eyes wander over the water and stop at cozy swimming spots to refresh yourself. After passing Waging am See, you will soon reach Tachinger See. At some distance from the shore, you circle it. The path leads you through colorful fields, green meadows and refreshingly cool forests. In many places you have a wonderful view of the picturesque lake and the imposing Alps. Behind Tettenhausen you will meet again the shore of Lake Waginger, near which you cycle back to the starting point to Petting.On the way you will find cozy spots for a break on the whole bike tour. In the small towns along the two lakes restaurants and cafes invite you to linger and in the countless beach resorts or at the swimming pools you can relax by the lake.

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  • Intermediate
    03:07
    29.5 mi
    9.5 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the 47-kilometer round tour you will get to know the three most important monasteries in the region: Seeon, Frauenchiemsee and Baumburg.It starts in Seeon. Of course, you can also get on at any other place along the route, as it is a round tour. To start off, you drive along the north bank of the Klostersee and can make a first stop at the Seeon Monastery.Then you cycle through a beautiful landscape with great nature in the direction of Eggstätter Seenplatte. Passing the Hartsee you reach Eggstätt. From here the route leads you to the Chiemsee. On the way you can enjoy unforgettable views of the Alps again and again while you cycle comfortably on almost flat paths.In Gstadt am Chiemsee you can refresh your toes in the cooling water of the “Bavarian Sea” for the first time and take a look at the Fraueninsel, on which the Frauenchiemsee Monastery is located. If you want to visit it, you can take the ship from Gstadt.Then you roll north on the picturesque shore of Chiemsee. Fascinating views of the glittering water are guaranteed during the journey. In Seebruck you leave the Chiemsee and follow the Alz to Altenmarkt an der Alz, where the Baumburg Monastery is waiting for your visit.After a long break, you drive back to the starting point in Seeon.

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    Difficult
    03:20
    29.7 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approximately 47-kilometer round trip is a cycling safari from farm to farm and is perfect for pleasure cyclists. On the way you will pass the farm museum in Amerang, stop off in cozy courtyards or fill up your provisions in small farm shops.Let's start in Obing. From there you cycle through the picturesque hills of the Chiemgau, surrounded by meadows and colorful fields. Every now and then you dive into small forest areas that provide pleasant shade in the summer. From the higher points of the bike tour you can enjoy beautiful views over the lovely landscape. In Amerang you can take a break for a moment and stop by one of the cafés or courtyards. The farmhouse museum lures at the gates of the small town to a cozy rest.Then it goes in uniform up and down through quiet forests and past wide meadows, which are here and there decorated with beautiful fruit trees or peacefully grazing cows. At the idyllic Weitsee you can go swimming on hot days for a refreshment in the water and a bit further in Schnaitsee you can try traditional brewed beer in a Bräustüberl. From there you cycle through the beautiful landscape of the Chiemgau back to the starting point to Obing, where you can end the day on the lake of the same name.

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    Intermediate
    02:25
    22.7 mi
    9.4 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approximately 36-kilometer round takes you on quiet side roads and beautiful bike paths through the southern Chiemgau. On the way you will find healing springs, beautiful mountain views and lots of nature.The tour starts in the cozy town of Bergen. From there you cycle straight up to Bad Adelholzen to Primusquelle, where you can fill up your water bottles with the delicious Adelholzener water. Afterwards you will roll down on a leisurely descent down to Siegsdorf, where you will meet the White Traun, which here merges with the Red Traun. As Traun, they continue their journey together. Directly on the bank of the river you drive on a beautiful bike path north to Traunstein. Here you can take a long break, explore the beautiful old town and relax.Freshly strengthened, your bike tour continues westwards. The path leads you through a picturesque field, forest and meadow landscape to the Chiemsee. Here you can watch birds resting on the Hirschauer bay. Past lush pastures, colorful fields and through small villages, it's back to the starting point in Bergen, where you can treat yourself to a delicious ice cream at the end of the day.

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    Intermediate
    02:14
    19.1 mi
    8.5 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On 30 kilometers, the varied round trip takes you through idyllic nature and picturesque landscape. On the way you can make ice age stops in the mammoth museum or a cozy ice cream parlor.In Siegsdorf begins the bike ride. You follow the White Traun out of town, then cross it and hit the Red Traun. This small river you follow several kilometers through its picturesque meadow landscape, which is characterized by vast meadows and romantic forests. It goes uphill continuously. At the height of Inzell you leave the river and cycle westwards up the Auer mountain. The climb is crisp, the idyllic backdrop of quiet forests and enchanted glades along the way for all the more beautiful.Afterwards, a fast descent will take you back to the shore of the White Traun. Through varied forests with small waterfalls, charming villages and green meadows, it goes along the river back to the starting point to Siegsdorf. Here you can end the day at the Mammoth Museum, where the largest mammoth skeleton found in Europe is exhibited.

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    Intermediate
    03:06
    29.2 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The approximately 46-kilometer circuit offers some delicacies for you. Along the way, many refreshment stops with typical Bavarian delicacies invite you to linger. The magnificent view over the blue-white alpine foreland spoils your senses in addition.It starts in Waging am See. From there you cycle along the Höllenbach stream out of the village and into the wonderful, rural idyll of the Chiemgau. Here, right at the beginning of the bike ride, it goes uphill neatly. But you can take it easy and stop in the quaint restaurants that are on the way. Arrived at the highest point of the bike tour, you not only enjoy the magnificent view of the foothills of the Alps, but also have the opportunity to take a long break at Gasthaus zur Post.Then you can enjoy the long descent through wide meadows and fields with new strength. At Traunwalchen you will meet the Traun and follow its playful run through enchanted riparian forests and fragrant meadows. After half the distance, you will leave the river and cycle east. From here it goes slightly uphill again, always alternating through a vast field and meadow landscape and quiet forests. Shortly before the finish, it goes downhill again. Parallel to Tachinger and Waginger See you cycle back to the starting point.

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    Intermediate
    02:18
    21.0 mi
    9.2 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The round trip for the whole family leads almost completely on paved paths through the beautiful Chiemsee-Chiemgau region. Low altitude differences make cycling a pleasure and the fantastic views of the mountains and the proximity to the Chiemsee provide the icing on the cake.Let's start the approximately 33-kilometer bike ride in Seebruck am Chiemsee. There you first cross the Alz and then cycle past a Celtic farmstead, through a beautiful field and meadow landscape. In Truchtlaching you can take a break for a while and cool off in the clear water of the Alz. Afterwards you follow the bike path that meanders through the slightly undulating landscape. Halfway there you reach Traunreut, where you can recharge your batteries during a leisurely lunch break in one of the restaurants or cafés.Freshly fortified, you will then head back to the starting point. The route takes you past meadows and fields, takes you through cool forest and finally to the shores of Lake Chiemsee. Along the flat stretch along the water you can enjoy the last kilometers of the bike ride. On the way, you can let your eyes wander over the lake and stop again and again to enjoy the idyll of Lake Chiemsee.

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    Intermediate
    02:18
    20.8 mi
    9.0 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the approximately 33-kilometer circuit through the northern Chiemgau you encounter refreshing water in all its diversity. Whether quiet ponds, refreshing bathing lakes, gently babbling brooks or a raging river, on the contemplative bike tour you will experience everything.It starts in the historic old town of Tittmoning. Through the Laufener Tor you cycle out of town and dive into a beautiful forest and meadow landscape. Past a haunted biotope you drive through colorful fields. On your right you will see a lush riparian forest, along the edge of which runs a small stream. Shortly thereafter, you cross the small waters and cycle through the forest to the shore of the dead straight Salzach. On smooth asphalt you follow her a bit, until you turn towards Fridolfing. In the place you can take a pleasurable break in one of the cafes or restaurants and strengthen you for the onward journey.With new strength you cycle over wide fields back to the starting point. On the way, you'll get great views over the beautiful Chiemgau and Lake Tachingen. Back in Tittmoning you can end the day with a visit to the castle or stroll through the historic streets of the old town.Also worthwhile: At the end of your tour, you can walk through the Ponlachgraben on foot to the pilgrimage church of Maria Brunn. Right next to the church you will find the Ponlach spring - if you have a bottle with you, you can fill here healing water.

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    Intermediate
    02:47
    26.7 mi
    9.6 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful circuit is just 43 kilometers long, where you can recharge your batteries in the lovely landscape of the Chiemgau. You will be accompanied on long stretches of flowing waters that demonstrate here and there all their energy and strength in the form of roaring waterfalls.It starts in Trostberg, where you accompany the Alz a bit through the village and finally dive into the beautiful floodplain forests on their banks. You follow the gentle loops of the river until you switch to the banks of the Alz Canal. In the vicinity of the canal you cycle further north until you turn west in Wiesmühl an der Alz and cycle through a beautiful field and meadow landscape to Engelsberg. The cozy cafes and restaurants of the small village invite you to a first break.Rested, you continue your bike ride, which leads you without large gradients through a vast landscape. Relaxed cycling lets you sweep your gaze over the picturesque meadows and colorful fields, all the way to small forest areas that are here and there like dark green islands in the landscape. Shortly before the finish, you will meet again the Alz, into which the Traun flows. Through the romantic meadows of the river and along the banks of the Alz Canal, you will be back to the starting point.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    238 mi
  • Duration
    25:44 h
  • Elevation
    10,425 ft

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