Following beautiful cycle paths along the Danube and Isar rivers, the Hop Loop is a wonderful ride through Upper Bavaria in Germany. Extending north from Munich, the route is one of three Wasser-Radlwege (Water Cycleways). On the way, you’ll discover amazing sites along the water’s edge such as Leopoldine Island in Neuburg an der Donau, as well as the Eisbach’s legendary surfing wave in Munich.
As well as water, you will find hops and beer in abundance on the Hop Loop as you ride 173 miles (280 km) between Ingolstadt, Munich, Schrobenhausen and Freising. On the way, you will explore some unique hop-related highlights: cycle through the largest hop-growing area in the world in Hallertau; Visit the oldest active brewery in the world in Weihenstephan; and stop off at the Hop Museum in Wolnzach. There are, of course, also countless beer gardens and breweries en route where you can try a pint of local beer.
In this Collection, we guide you around the Hop Loop from Munich in nine stages, but you can start at any point on the circular. Depending on your fitness level, you can also combine the routes together to complete the route in fewer days. We also show you two possible ways to Erding, known for the famous beer brewed in the city since 1886. You choose whether to ride all the routes in one go or in individual sections. No matter what you decide, you will find plenty of accommodation en route as well as restaurants, cafes, and breweries. The ADFC Bed & Bikes offer great bike-friendly accommodation geared towards cyclists.
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If you are also interested in the other two loops of the Water Cycleway in Upper Bavaria, which form 745 miles (1,200 km) of cycle paths, you can check out the Salt Loop or the Culture Loop from the centre of Munich. Alternatively, you can join the Salt Loop in Freising or Erding. You can find an overview of the Water Cycleways here: komoot.de/user/oberbayern/collections.
In the center of Munich your tour starts on the hop loop of the water cycle routes in Upper Bavaria. You cycle past the Hofgarten eastwards, where you cross the royal Hirschgarten.On the way you pass the majestic Nymphenburg Palace and reach the famous view from the city. Before, before many residential areas were built, you could see from Nymphenburg Palace to Blutenburg Castle, hence the name.
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From Aichach the route of the hop loop becomes pleasantly flat again. You leave Aichach parallel to the Paar river and cycle on smooth asphalt through a beautiful backdrop of meadows and fields.You can take a leisurely break at Radersdorfer See. Here you will find refreshments and in summer you can jump into the water and relax on a large lawn.
You leave Schrobenhausen and drive through an idyllic field and meadow landscape that is decorated here and there by pretty villages.A subtle descent finally takes you to Donaumoos. The former fen is now drained and used for agriculture. Potatoes are mainly grown here. Large fields stretch to the left and right of the path while you cycle comfortably on a flat route through the moss and its villages.
Also on this section of the hop loop you can expect pleasantly flat paths. At the start you leave Neuburg through the English Garden. Here you cycle through a beautiful forest that stretches along the Danube.Passing the fairytale hunting lodge Grünau you reach Weichering via picturesque fields and idyllic forest passages. Here, halfway there, you can take a leisurely break and stop for example in the beer garden of the Vogelsang country inn.
You leave Ingolstadt along the Danube. Through largely untouched floodplain landscape with unique flora and fauna, you follow the river to Vohburg. Here you can take a first break and explore the beautiful old town, where you can also find refreshments.Then you cycle south. Another stop at the Geisenfeld wakeboard facility is worthwhile. From the sun terrace of the restaurant located here you can watch the hustle and bustle on the lake.
From Wolnzach, the route winds through the largest hop growing area in the world, the Hallertau. In the slightly hilly region, the hop gardens are lined up and form a unique cultural landscape.You cycle through this fascinating backdrop to Au in the Hallertau. Here you can fortify yourself during a break in the castle brewery Au-Hallertau.With renewed energy you drive further south past picturesque hop plantations and idyllic forest areas.
At the end of the hop loop, a flat section is waiting for you again.From Garching you cycle south on the flat Isar cycle path. The route leads you directly along the bank of the river and passes the idyllic riparian forests of the Isar. This green oasis leads you to Munich.Through the English Garden you roll comfortably towards the city center. Passing the courtyard garden you will then reach the starting point of the hop loop.
Coming from Garching you cross the Isar at the beginning of the tour and then pass Ismaning. You cycle to the northeast via quiet farm roads that lead you past wide fields, small ponds and streams and through imposing avenues. Your bike rolls almost by itself on the flat, well-paved route.At Moosinning you will pass several lakes where you can take relaxed breaks. You can also swim in some of the lakes.