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.
For information on travelling to and from your adventure by train, visit: bayern-fahrplan.de/en/journey-planner.
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.
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Last updated: April 27, 2023
Your tour starts in the center of Munich on the hop loop of the Upper Bavaria water cycle path. You cycle past the Hofgarten in an easterly direction, where you cross the royal deer garden.
On the further way you will pass the majestic Nymphenburg Palace and get the famous view out of the city. In the…
From Günding, at the gates of Dachau, you cycle along the Maisach and reach the hilly Dachau hinterland. Here you can enjoy incredible views of Munich, Fürstenfeldbruck and up to the Alps from the higher points with good foresight.
Passing wide fields, lush green meadows and quaint villages, you cycle…
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From Aichach, the route of the Hopfenschleife becomes pleasantly flat again. You leave Aichach parallel to the river Paar and cycle on smooth asphalt through a beautiful backdrop of meadows and fields.
At the Radersdorfer See you can take a leisurely break. Here you will find places to stop and in summer…
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…
Pleasantly flat paths also await you on this section of the Hopfenschleife. At the beginning you leave Neuburg through the English Garden. Here you cycle through a magnificent forest that stretches along the Danube.
Passing the fairytale hunting lodge Grünau you reach Weichering via picturesque fields…
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…
From Wolnzach, the route meanders through the largest hop-growing region 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 strengthen yourself during…
Before you leave Freising, it is worth visiting the Weihenstephan State Brewery, which you can visit as part of a guided tour. In the Bräustüberl you also have the opportunity to fortify yourself with good food and fresh beer before the bike tour.
After crossing the Moosbach behind Freising, you come…
At the end of the hop loop, a flat section awaits you again.
From Garching you cycle south on the flat Isar cycle path. The route takes you directly along the banks of the river and passes the idyllic alluvial forests of the Isar. This green oasis takes you all the way to Munich.
You roll comfortably through…
At the start of the cross connection you cross the Isar and then cycle past Munich Airport. It's worth taking a break in the free visitor park. From a hill, you can look out over the airport runway and watch the mighty planes take off and land.
On a flat route you continue to the southeast via Schwaig…
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.
With the almost 30-kilometer long cross connection, which takes you from the Isar between Garching near Munich and Ismaning to the Amper near Günding, you have the opportunity to shorten the hop loop (komoot.de/tour/57103089).
Of course, you can also drive the pleasantly flat route as an additional tour…
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