South of Munich, the beautiful Art Loop of the WasserRadlWege Oberbayern is waiting. Following well-developed cycle paths and quiet back roads, you follow along water almost the whole way: Enjoy the idyllic river and lake landscapes around Lake Ammersee; have fun at the Caribbean-style Walchensee; cycle through the picturesque Isar Valley; and admire the turquoise waters of the Lech. Lake Starnberg and the wonderful Easter Lakes can also be added to the loop.
In addition to different forms of water, you will experience a lot of art and culture on the 217-mile-long loop (350 km) stretching from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Lech and Tegernsee. Numerous monasteries, churches and chapels line the way, including the magnificent Wieskirche, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You also have the opportunity to visit numerous museums and sites in the region, such as the Buchheim Museum, the Gmund handmade paper factory on Lake Tegernsee, and the Bavaria Film Studios near Munich.
In this Collection, we show you the Art Loop from Munich, but you can join anywhere along the route. The main loop is divided into ten sections. Depending on your fitness level you can combine several sections into one stage.
We also show two cross-connections within the loop and a detour to the town of Dachau. This way you can be super flexible and create your own favorite route. You can either do a complete round trip in several stages or ride one section as a day trip. You can find out the best way to reach your desired start and endpoint by public transport here: bayern-fahrplan.de/de/auskunft.
Along the Art Loop you will find plenty of places to stay and stop for refreshments. We recommend the ADFC Bed & Bike establishments, which are geared to the needs of cyclists and are particularly bicycle-friendly accommodation.
If you are also interested in the other two loops of the WasserRadlWege Oberbayern, which form a 745-mile (1,200-kilometer) network of cycle paths, you can switch to the Hop Loop or the Salt Loop at the central junction in Munich or join between the Art Loop and the Salt Loop. An overview of all WasserRadlWege can be found here: komoot.de/user/oberbayern.
Like all water cycle paths, the art loop begins directly in Munich. Past the Hofgarten you cycle through the center of the Bavarian capital to the Isar. After you have crossed the river, you cycle comfortably on a wide bike path through the picturesque Isar meadows. In the middle of the city you are very close to nature.Just behind the Hellabrunn Zoo you cross the Isar and the Isarwerk Canal and the Ländel Canal again. From the bridges you can enjoy fascinating views of the three waters. Then you cycle through the Hinterbrühler Park and along the Isarwerk Canal to Großhesselohe.From Großhesselohe you can either continue on the main loop or switch to cross connection 1.The Grosshesseloher bridge takes you at a dizzying height over the Isar, which gives you a breathtaking view of the river with its gravel banks and the green forests on both banks.Afterwards you cycle past the Bavaria film studios and immerse yourself in the calming silence of the Perlacher forest. On straight paths you drive comfortably to the legendary Kugler Alm, where the cyclist is said to have been invented.After you have given yourself a drink during a relaxing break, you either cycle on the next section of the culture loop or take the cross-connection to the salt loop.
From the Kugler Alm you drive on the art loop on flat and straight paths via Deisenhofen and Sauerlach to Otterfing and Holzkirchen.From here the route winds its way south through the hilly foothills of the Alps. On the way you pass pastures, forests and quaint villages. Again and again you enjoy fantastic views of the Alps.Shortly before the end of the section, you dive into the picturesque Mangfall valley and follow the river to Gmund, where it rises from the Tegernsee.
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From Gmund you cycle along the Tegernsee and enjoy a great view of the lake framed by mountains. Via Kaltenbrunn you drive a crunchy climb up to Marienstein. Here you have reached the highest point of the section and can once again enjoy the breathtaking view of the surrounding alpine landscape.From now on it's almost all downhill and so you can fully enjoy the vast meadows and quiet forests through which you roll on your way to Bad Tölz. Once you have reached your destination, you can stroll through the market street of Bad Tölz and enjoy the view from the Kalvarienberg.
On the Isar cycle path you drive south from Bad Tölz and come through the rafting community Lenggries, where you can take a first break. Then we continue along the river. On the way you pass wide gravel banks with shallow water. Here you can take short stops and refresh your feet in the cool water.Finally you leave the Isar and follow the Jachen into its idyllic high valley. Passing picturesque meadows and magnificent courtyards, you drive up to the turquoise-blue Walchensee. Always along the shore, with an unforgettable view of the water, you cycle to Einsiedel and turn south here.On a hilly route it goes through forests, past the Sachsee, through Wallgau to Klais. Here you have reached the highest point of the section and are now enjoying a well-deserved, long descent to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
You leave Garmisch-Partenkirchen on a flat route and dive into the picturesque Loisach Valley behind the city gates. Alternately you drive through wide meadows and directly along the river bank. It is worthwhile to pause and take a look back on the way, because to the south you have an impressive view of the Alps.At Oberau and the Pfrühlmoos you reach Eschenlohle. Here you turn northeast and cycle along the Murnauer Moos to Grafenaschau. This section ends shortly after the village and you can either continue on the main loop or switch to cross-connection 2 in the direction of Starnberg.
From the edge of the Murnauer Mooses you cycle through quiet forests up via Bad Kohlgrub to Saulgrub. Here you have earned a first break. It continues with new strength on a hilly route. You cross the raging Ammer and the Halbammer, drive through romantic forests and past picturesque farms.In Morgenbach you can make a detour to the Schönegger Käsealm, where you can watch cheese making and try the homemade cheese specialties. Back in Morgenbach you cycle on the art loop to the Wieskirche, the destination of the section.
From Wies, where you visited the Wieskirche and strengthened yourself in the Gasthof Moser, you roll comfortably downhill at the start of this section. Through a varied forest and meadow landscape, which is decorated by small villages, you can reach the village of Steingarden in a relaxed manner.From here you can pedal again and master slight inclines while driving through the country idyll that lines the turquoise-blue Lech. At the Lech barrage you can let your gaze wander over the dammed river before you cycle the last few meters to Schongau.
A short, crisp climb awaits you right behind Schongau, after which it continues hilly. You cycle past colorful fields and pass cozy villages. Every now and then you approach the Lech, so that you can catch a quick look at its loops.In some sections, the art loop leads you over the old Roman road Via Claudia Augusta. Halfway through the section, you can look forward to consistently downhill trails. You can comfortably roll through the wide fields to Landsberg, where you can end your day tour in the beautiful old town.
In the first half of this section, a hilly route awaits you, on which you drive east from Landsberg through wide fields and small forest areas. Between Eresing and Pflaumdorf you have a beautiful view of the Sankt Ottilien Monastery from your bike. Shortly afterwards you will reach Eching am Ammersee, where you can take a break on the beach or in a cozy restaurant.Freshly strengthened, you will now cycle north-east along the Amper. Some parts of the route lead you directly along their banks, others through colorful fields, romantic forests and vast meadows. Finally you reach the city of Fürstenfeldbruck together with the river.In Fürstenfeldbruck you can change to cross-connection 1 via Gauting to Großhesselohe or continue on the main loop. In Gauting you also have connection to the cross connection 2 via Starnberg to the Murnauer Moos.
You cycle along the Amper from the beautiful city center of Fürstenfeldbruck and drive across the fields towards Olching. Here you dive into the beautiful Amper meadows, where you are surrounded by fabulous nature. Riparian forests and fragrant flowers line the cycle path.From Olching you can make a detour to Dachau. Great artists once met here to paint the special light and the inspiring landscape of the Dachauer Moos, to exchange ideas and to escape the then expensive rents for studio and apartment in Munich. On guided tours through the historic old town, you will discover the favorite places of famous artists.Or you cycle directly from Olching to the Olchinger See. You can take a leisurely break on its banks and even swim a few puffs in the refreshing water on warm days.From Olchinger See you cycle via Gröbenzell towards Munich. You approach the metropolis on quiet side streets that lead you past picturesque meadows and fields.Once in the city, you drive along the edge of the magnificent Nymphenburg Palace Park, pass the enchanting Hirschgarten and make your way via Nymphenburger Straße to the center of Munich, where you will once again reach the starting point of the art loop.
From Olching the route takes you through the wonderful nature on the Mühlbach and behind Graßlfing through the beautiful Amper meadows. Finally you cross the river and drive a short distance directly along the straight Amper Canal, which then flows back into the Amper.On their banks you cycle comfortably to Dachau. Here the old town invites you to stroll and the castle and the castle garden lure with a wonderful view that extends all the way to the Alps.
The cross-connection leads you directly from Fürstenfeldbruck to Gauting. Through a wonderfully rural area, you cycle past colorful fields on a fairly flat route and enjoy the view over wide meadows. In Gliching you can take a break halfway.Then you drive on the straight Roman road through the Kreuzlinger forest to Gauting. Here you can cycle on to the second section of this cross-connection to Großhesselohe or switch to cross-connection 2 via Starnberg to the Murnauer Moos.
After crossing the Würm in Gauting, you drive across the fields to Buchendorf. The Forstenrieder Park welcomes you soon behind the village. In this forest area you can immerse yourself in beautiful nature and, with a little luck, watch wild boars.On flat, straight paths you pass the forest and come to the Isarwerk Canal. You follow its bank to Großhesselohe, which you can recognize from afar by the distinctive Großhesseloher bridge. Here you can switch to the main loop and drive towards Munich or Tegernsee.
After leaving Gauting, you dive into a picturesque forest through which the worm flows. Your path leads for a long distance directly along the bank of the river, which flows peacefully there, but has something wild thanks to its lush banks. Through this idyll of the Würmtal you cycle to Leutstetten, which is about halfway. Here you can take a break and stop off comfortably.Through forest and meadows you drive the last kilometers to Starnberg, where you cross the Würm again, which has its origin in Lake Starnberg.
From Starnberg you cycle south to Possenhofen, where you can visit the castle. Then it goes directly along the shore of Lake Starnberg. Here you not only enjoy the view of the blue water, but also pass pretty marinas, cozy beach pools and romantic forests. You have enough opportunities for breaks along the lake, be it in an idyllic place on the shore or in one of the places you come through, such as Tutzing or Seeshaupt.Behind the lake, a beautiful section of the route awaits you along the Easter lakes. You can then make a detour to the Heuwinkl chapel. Back on the actual route it gets hilly. Through the wonderful alpine landscape you drive to Murnau am Staffelsee. Here you can take a break again before you take the descent down to the Murnauer Moos, which you then cross.On the western edge of the Murnauer Mooses you will meet the main loop and can decide in which of the two directions you want to go. No matter how you decide, in the end you will be back in Munich.
Between Wolfersberg and Schattenhofen, the route branches off in the middle of the forest, connecting the salt loop with the art loop.Coming from the salt loop you cycle on a relatively flat route first through the forest and then across picturesque fields to Oberpframmern.You leave the place to the west and dive into the peaceful Höhenkirchener forest shortly afterwards. Here you drive on straight paths through the forest to Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn. We continue across idyllic fields until you turn in the Deisenhofen forest towards Oberhaching and cycle on the art loop to the Kugler Alm.