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.
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Last updated: April 27, 2023
Like all water cycle paths, the art loop begins directly in Munich. You cycle past the Hofgarten through the center of the Bavarian capital to the Isar. After crossing the river, you ride comfortably on a wide bike path through the picturesque Isar meadows. In the middle of the city you are very close…
From the Kugler Alm you ride on the artificial loop on flat and dead 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…
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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.
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.
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…
From the edge of the Murnauer Moos you cycle through quiet forests up to Saulgrub via Bad Kohlgrub. You've earned your first break here. With new strength we continue on the hilly route. You cross the raging Ammer and the Halbammer, drive through romantic forests and past picturesque farms.
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.
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 glimpse of its loops.
In some sections, the art loop takes you over the old Roman road Via Claudia…
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…
You cycle along the Amper from the beautiful city center of Fürstenfeldbruck and drive across the fields in the direction of Olching. Here you dive into the beautiful Amperauen, where you are surrounded by fabulous nature. Alluvial forests and fragrant flowers line the bike path.
From Olching you can…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Between Wolfersberg and Schattenhofen, the route that connects the salt loop with the artificial loop branches off in the middle of the forest.
Coming from the Salzschleife you cycle on a relatively flat route, first through the forest and then over picturesque fields to Oberpframmern.
You leave the village…
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