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.
Munich is the central hub of the Upper Bavaria water cycle path 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 on flat paths along the Isar and dive further and further into the wonderful nature that awaits you at the gates of Munich. At Ismaning you cross the river and drive past the large storage lakes.You finally reach the city of Erding, which is known for its wheat beer and the largest thermal bath in the world, via quiet farm roads and wide fields.
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 edge of the path. Then you reach the river Isen, the course of which you follow into the city of Dorfen.You can take a leisurely break and stop off in one of the quaint restaurants in the town, which was once known for a hard-fought beer war.Freshly strengthened, you drive on through the Isental. At the beginning you master a few small climbs, the last kilometers to Mühldorf you cycle comfortably on flat paths.From Mühldorf you can either continue on the main route of the salt loop or switch to cross-connection 1, which takes you to Rosenheim via Wasserburg.
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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 take a look at Kapellplatz with its churches. You can also find restaurants to stop here.Then you roll through the Öttinger Forest and past wide fields to Burghausen, where you can visit the longest castle in the world.
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 cycle directly along the banks of the Salzach. Here you can enjoy wonderful moments in the beautiful nature of the riparian forests that line the river.You leave the Salzach in Laufen. You will pass the Abtsdorfer See, where you can take a bath break, and then continue through a slightly hilly field and meadow landscape to Freilassing.
Before you leave Freilassing to continue on the salt loop, a refreshment in the Weißbräu Freilassing is worthwhile. Here you can spoil yourself with regional dishes and home-brewed beer specialties.From the center you cycle to the Saalach, which flows into the Salzach not far from Freilassing. On the beautiful Saalach Cycle Path you cycle directly along the banks of the river. On the way you enjoy great views of the water and the other side of the river, which is already in Austria.Finally you meet the Pidinger Ache, which flows into the Saalach, and follow it to Piding. Before you cycle on the salt loop from here, you can first make a detour to Bad Reichenhall or Berchtesgaden.
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 takes you into the hilly landscape of the Chiemgau.On the way to Traunstein you will always enjoy impressive views of the Alps in this beautiful landscape.
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 Grassau and through the Filzen to Chiemsee. On the way you can make an informative stop at the Salt and Moor Museum.After a few hills you reach the little brother of Lake Chiemsee, the Simssee. Here you have the opportunity to jump into the cool water again before you reach Rosenheim.For a very special experience, you can make a detour to Bad Endorf on the way from Chiemsee to Simssee. Here you will find the Chiemgau Thermen, where you can relax and recharge your batteries in the Dead Sea salt grotto: chiemgau-thermen.de.
In Rosenheim you stick to the Mangfall river and follow it out of the city. You always drive along the shore through beautiful meadows and pass Bad Aibling, where you can take a break in the thermal baths and treat yourself to a beneficial moor and salt peeling: therme-bad-aibling.de.Shortly after the village you leave the Mangfall and cycle on quiet paths through a hilly field and forest landscape to Glonn.From here it is not far to the Steinsee, where you can take a well-deserved break and refresh yourself in the water.From the Steinsee you have the option to drive directly to Munich on the main route of the Salz-Loop or on the connection 2 via Grafing and Ebersberg to the reservoir.
From the Steinsee you can go directly to the main loop back to Munich, the starting point of the salt loop and the central junction of the water cycle paths.At the beginning of this section, three small climbs await you, which take you through a romantic forest to Wolfersberg. From now on you continue on a flat route. Through quiet forests and tranquil suburbs of Munich you can reach the foothills of the state capital.Past the Feldbergpark you make your way through the city. You pass the Ostbahnhof and cross the Isar before you reach the starting point of the salt loop in the heart of Munich.If you want to switch from the salt loop to the art loop in front of Munich, you can do this just behind Wolfersberg. This is where the cross connection between the two loops branches off, which takes you to the Kugler Alm, the alleged place of origin of the refreshment drink "Radler".
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. You can take breaks in Kailburg am Inn, Jettenbach or Gars am Inn, among others.The last kilometers of this section you roll directly along the shore again and reach a flat route to Wasserburg, which is surrounded by a particularly picturesque Inn loop.
Just behind Wasserburg you can expect a crisp climb that will take you high above the Inn. Once at the top, you have spectacular views of the Innschleife. Through these hills above the river you cycle to Attel, where you descend quickly to the bank of the Inn.On a completely flat route you roll comfortably through the beautiful Inn Valley, which is traversed by romantic meadow landscapes and lined with colorful fields. This way you can comfortably reach Rosenheim, where you have access to the main route of the salt loop again.
From Steinsee you drive east through a beautiful forest and meadow landscape, where you will soon reach Grafing. It is worth taking a break here, where you can see the pretty market square and the church.Heading north via Ebersberg into the picturesque Ebersberger Forest, the largest contiguous forest area in Germany. At the entrance to the forest, at Ludwigshöhe, you will find the Forest and Environment Museum of the city of Ebersberg, which is worth a visit. Then you cycle through the peaceful nature of the Ebersberg Forest on the dead straight - that is the name of the aisles in Bavarian forests. The route is slightly steep and you can let it roll comfortably to Markt Schwaben.Then you cycle over a slight elevation to Neufinsing, where you reach the reservoir. At Eicherloh you meet again on the main round of the salt loop and can either drive east to Erding or south-west to Munich.
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 Bad Reichenhall. A visit to the Saline Museum and the spa garden with its graduation house is particularly worthwhile here.Behind Bad Reichenhall begins a long climb to the Hallthurm, which contains some crunchy passages. At 693 meters you reach the pass and can now roll it comfortably, because it goes downhill to Bischofswiesen.On a relatively flat route and with wonderful views of the Berchtesgaden Alps with the Watzmann, you cycle the last kilometers to Berchtesgaden, where you can end the detour with a visit to Germany's oldest active salt mine: salzbergwerk.de.
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.