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Discovering water in Upper Bavaria – Cycling the Salt Loop

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Discovering water in Upper Bavaria – Cycling the Salt Loop

Bike Touring Collection by Oberbayern

14

Tours

37:35 h

350 mi

12,050 ft

passing picturesque lakes such as the Chiemsee, Simsee, and Steinsee – the Salt Loop takes you to Upper Bavaria’s most beautiful waters. Heading southeast from Munich, the third-largest city in Germany, the Salt Loop is one of three Wasser-Radlwege (Water Cycleways) which runs through Upper Bavaria.

The 236-mile (380-km) loop stretches between Munich, Mühldorf, Bad Reichenhall, and Rosenheim and reveals many hidden stories about the region’s waterways. As you cycle, you will learn about the area’s white gold, salt. The towns of Mühldorf, Altötting, Burghausen, Traunstein, Freilassing, and Rosenheim, which lie en route, were shaped by salt production and trade. A short detour from the route, you can visit the salt trading capital, Bad Reichenhall where you can delve even deeper into the history of salt.

In this Collection, we guide you along the Salt Loop from Munich in nine stages. You can, however, start from any point along the route as it’s a circular. Depending on your fitness level, you can combine the stages together to complete this adventure in less time. We’ve also included details of two other routes you can take as well as a small detour to Bad Reichenhall and Berchtesgaden. There’s also plenty of accommodation and places to stop for refreshments en route. The ADFC Bed & Bikes offers ideal bike-friendly accommodation geared towards cyclists.

You choose whether you want to ride the whole route at once or complete individual stages. For more information on how to reach the start and end point by public transport, visit: bayern-fahrplan.de/en/journey-planner.

If you are interested in the other Water Cycleways in Upper Bavaria, you can continue on the Hop Loop or Culture Loop which starts from Munich centre. Alternatively, you can take the train from the Art Loop to the Salt Loop. You can learn more about the 745-mile-long (1,200 km) network of cycle paths in Upper Bavaria here: komoot.com/user/oberbayern/collections.

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Salzschleife

237 mi

7,750 ft

7,725 ft

Last updated: April 20, 2022

Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:29
    25.4 mi
    10.2 mph
    250 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Munich is the central hub of the water cycle paths in Upper Bavaria and this is how the varied salt loop begins in the heart of the state capital.

    

    You cycle past the Hofgarten into the English Garden, where you can enjoy the hustle and bustle. Afterwards you roll comfortably along the Isar on level paths

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    38.9 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You cycle east through the slightly hilly landscape of the Erdinger district. From the bike you can enjoy wonderful views of the wide fields and meadows that line the way. Then you reach the river Isen, whose course you follow to the town of Dorfen.

    

    In the town, which was once known for a hard-fought

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  • Intermediate
    02:20
    21.1 mi
    9.0 mph
    675 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the main loop you drive along the Inn and the Innwerk Canal. You can enjoy wonderful views of the water and the wonderful meadow landscape from which the waters are lined.

    

    At Neuötting you cross the Inn and cycle to the place of pilgrimage Altötting. A break is worthwhile here, during which you can

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  • Intermediate
    04:31
    40.1 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    In Burghausen you meet the Salzach, which you follow out of the city. After leaving the last houses behind, you dive into an idyllic landscape, which is characterized by picturesque fields, lush meadows and small villages.

    

    After you have passed Tittmoning, the route becomes pleasantly flat because you

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  • Easy
    00:56
    8.00 mi
    8.6 mph
    225 ft
    125 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Before you leave Freilassing to continue on the Salzschleife, it is worth strengthening yourself at Weißbräu Freilassing. Here you can let yourself be pampered with regional dishes and home-brewed beer specialties.

    

    From the town center you cycle to the Saalach, which flows into the Salzach not far from

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  • Intermediate
    02:14
    19.4 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,150 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Surrounded by mighty mountain peaks, you cycle on a slightly ascending route from Piding to Höglwörther See, where you can take a bath break in summer.

    

    The path winds mostly flat to Teisendorf. Here you cross the Oberteisendorfer Ache and the Sur and start on the other side of the river with a climb that

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  • Difficult
    04:08
    40.1 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Following the Traun, you leave Traunstein and follow the river to Siegsdorf. From here you work your way up to the Adelholzener Quellen, where you can fill up your bottle with the well-known mineral water at a fountain.

    

    In a rapid descent you roll down to Bergen and cycle comfortably on flat paths over

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  • Intermediate
    03:06
    27.2 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,200 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Rosenheim, attach yourself to the Mangfall River and follow it out of town. Always along the shore you drive through beautiful meadows and pass Bad Aibling, where you can take a break in the thermal baths and treat yourself to a soothing moor and salt peeling: therme-bad-aibling.de.

    

    Shortly after the

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  • Easy
    01:58
    18.5 mi
    9.4 mph
    425 ft
    600 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Steinsee you can take the main loop directly back to Munich, the starting point of the Salzschleife and central hub of the water cycle paths.

    

    At the beginning of this section, three small climbs await you, which will take you through a romantic forest to Wolfersberg. From now on you continue on a

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  • Difficult
    03:42
    31.5 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    In Mühldorf you drive to the banks of the Inn and cycle along the river out of the city. You follow him towards the southwest and have fantastic views of his playful bows again and again on the way.

    

    On the routes away from the river, you cycle through colorful fields, vast meadows and enchanted forests

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  • Intermediate
    02:10
    18.4 mi
    8.5 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A steep climb awaits you right behind Wasserburg, which will take you high above the Inn. Once at the top you have spectacular views of the Inn loops. You cycle through these hills above the river to Attel, where a rapid descent takes you back down to the banks of the Inn.

    

    On a completely flat route you

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  • Intermediate
    02:43
    28.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    725 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Steinsee you drive east through a beautiful forest and meadow landscape, where you soon reach Grafing. It's worth taking a break here, where you can see the pretty market square and the church.

    

    The route continues north via Ebersberg into the picturesque Ebersberger Forest, the largest contiguous

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  • Intermediate
    01:59
    17.0 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,025 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Piding you drive directly to the Saalach and follow it upriver. You either cycle directly along the bank and enjoy wonderful views of the water and the tree-lined banks or you roll through the idyllic floodplain landscape of the Saalach.

    

    After a few kilometers you will reach the salt trading capital

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  • Easy
    01:34
    16.4 mi
    10.5 mph
    375 ft
    450 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    14
  • Distance
    350 mi
  • Duration
    37:35 h
  • Elevation
    12,050 ft

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