The Upper Bavarian region on the Inn and Salzach rivers combines world-famous sights, impressive natural spectacles, and idyllic gems in the south of Germany. A bike trip through the region includes countless historical treasures and cultural sites. To help you explore, a network of 930 miles (1,500 km) of bike paths runs through the Inn-Salzach region, with 24 themed routes to choose from. These routes guide you through this diverse region: along rivers, over hills, and through forests and meadows. An exciting museum, a shaded beer garden or refreshing swimming lake is also never far away.
In this Collection, we present ten of the 24 themed tours. You can discover the Inn-Salzach region from your saddle and experience the unique combination of nature and culture including: the longest castle complex in Europe; a Renaissance moated castle; babbling brooks; idyllic swimming lakes; quaint inns; and lively town squares with colorful facades.
The routes cater to every ability and fitness level so you can enjoy a day on your bike whether you are riding as a family or with your sporty cycling team.
You can reach the starting points of most of the routes directly by train or by bike (just a few minutes riding from the nearest train station). Although you spend a lot of time in quiet nature, the next inn, farm café or restaurant is never far away. In addition, there is a range of accommodation with the warm hospitality for which Upper Bavaria is so well known. You might want to stay longer in the region to ride several of the stages.
The Inn-Salzach region has received the highest award from the German Cyclists’ Federation (ADFC) and is certified as a cycling travel region!
A Bundwerkstadl is a rural farm building that was built using a masterly wooden construction. Here, beams are built diagonally one above the other or in a grid shape. In Upper Bavaria, the beams are particularly rich in shape and partly colored. On this round tour we will show you seven Bundwerkstadl, including the “most beautiful Bundwerkstadl in Germany” in Gallersöd.The tour starts in Burgkirchen, which you can reach by train. You drive comfortably on wonderfully quiet roads through the idyllic, hilly landscape. Again and again you enjoy a magnificent view of the Alps. After 60 kilometers you have returned to Burgkirchen and can refresh yourself in a café or in the outdoor pool directly on the Alz.
It is best to start this tour on a warm summer day and pack your bathing clothes. Because on your 60-kilometer tour you drive past three great swimming lakes. A special treat: there are sunbathing areas, kiosks and changing rooms on all three lakes. It starts in Neuötting, a few minutes by bike from Altötting train station. You start straight to the Inn and cycle along the river on the beautiful Inn cycle path.After a good 10 kilometers you will reach the first swimming lake in Perach. The next refreshment awaits you shortly afterwards in Marktl. There is not only a pretty swimming lake there - you can also visit the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI in the village. You follow the Inn through the “Unterer Inn” European Reserve, where countless species of birds and butterflies live.Then it goes from the Inn to the Salzach. Burghausen is the highlight of the tour in many ways: in the old town you will find many restaurants and pubs with delicious dishes, the longest castle complex in Europe rises above and behind the castle you can swim in the Wöhrsee or enjoy the castle panorama on the water with a pedal boat. Back to Neuötting you drive through the shady Öttinger Forest.
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This tour is a journey through time into the last ice age, because the history of the earth comes to life on the Inn. It starts in Kraiburg. If you are arriving by train, Mühldorf is the starting point on the other side of the tour.From the Schlossberg in Kraiburg you can see the river meanders of the Inn before you start your bike tour. Between the natural Inn loops and the Inn Canal you drive to Ebing, where in 1971 a completely preserved, 10 million year old skeleton of an ancient elephant was discovered.On your way to Mühldorf, the inner terraces show the forces with which the glaciers have changed the landscape. It's time to take a break in Mühldorf. How about a delicious ice cream?In summer you can cross the Inn with the historic ferry, otherwise the pretty bridge leads you to the other side of the river. On your way back to Kraiburg, a very special highlight awaits you, the Heistinger Wand, the last unspoilt cliff along the Inn.
If the desire for exercise grips you during work and your calves tingle shortly after work, it is high time for a bike tour. This is optimal so that you can recharge your batteries after a working day. The tour is not too difficult and is quite short at 35 kilometers.From Waldkraiburg it goes first along the Innwerk Canal and then on to Aschau, where you can treat yourself to a fresh organic beer in the Ametsbichler brewery. Not only the hop drink cools you down, but also one of the swimming lakes that you drive past, such as in Heldenstein, Ampfing or Waldkraiburg.
On this tour we show you the pretty town of Haag in Upper Bavaria and the wonderfully hilly landscape all around. In the middle of Haag is the castle with its striking tower. From there you drive a round on narrow streets through quiet villages. Again and again a wonderful panorama opens up to you, partly up to the Alpine ridge.After two rapid descents and a climb in between you will reach the Inn. In Gars, the monastery is best known for its lovingly landscaped herb garden. Back in Haag, you should definitely take a look at the historic market square or relax in the beer garden with a cool drink and a beautiful view of the city.
The colorful facades, stately baroque churches and Mediterranean town squares are typical of the architectural style on the Inn and on the Salzach. The magnificent buildings are witnesses of the time when Inn and Salzach were important trade routes. On the ArchitekTour you cycle from Burghausen an der Salzach to Wasserburg am Inn and discover the region's most beautiful architectural delicacies.It is best to take two days for the almost 90-kilometer tour so that you can stroll comfortably through the places. From the longest castle complex in Europe in Burghausen, you first drive to Altötting with its impressive ensemble of church buildings. Another particularly beautiful old town awaits you in Mühldorf am Inn.Despite the many architectural impressions, nature is not neglected on this tour. There are many lonely paths along the Inn where you can experience the unique flora and fauna.Kraiburg with its colorful town square is an excellent place to stay. From there it continues along the Inn to Wasserburg. The Inn flows around the entire old town in an impressive way. From the end point you can reach the Wasserburg train station in a few minutes and from there take the train to the starting point of the tour, Burghausen, in just over an hour.
The focus of this tour is the Isen river. It is 81 kilometers long, originates from Maitenbeth and flows into the Inn at Winhöring. You start this tour in Ampfing and thanks to the undulating terrain you always have a beautiful view of the Isental with its numerous church towers.About halfway you drive through the village of Schwindegg. There you can fortify yourself in a café and visit the romantic Renaissance moated castle.The last piece on which you drive directly along the Isen is particularly pretty. After you have crossed the river, the "Green Lagoon" awaits you, a great natural pool. Here you can cool off after the bike tour.
On this short and crisp tour you will go around the “Tuscany of Upper Bavaria”, as the Gattergebirge is called. The starting and finishing point is Schwindegg, which you can reach by train. The landscape was shaped by an end moraine in the last ice age and gives the tour a particularly exciting touch.The impressive Renaissance moated castle stands in the middle of Schwindegg. From there you cycle through an original farmland, which is characterized by well-tended fields and dreamy farms. Thanks to the hilly landscape, a wonderful view awaits you behind almost every slope, sometimes even to the Alps. Back to Schwindegg you roll comfortably along the Rimbach.
Mühldorf was once an important trading town on the Inn. The splendid town square and the many railway lines that lead to Mühldorf testify to this. Your advantage is that you can travel easily.On the footpath you get to know the hilly area between Inn and Rott and can work out well on the well-developed roads with little traffic. It starts in Mühldorf am Inn. You cycle up and down to Neumarkt-Sankt Veit. Original park benches from half the world invite you to rest there.You make a small detour to Engelskofen and drive back to Mühldorf on panoramic routes. There you can stroll through the pretty old town and relax with an iced coffee or cold drink after the tour.
The Celts and Romans already settled in the mystical Altötting woodland. And the area has still preserved its originality. You will notice this especially when you cycle on the fertile river banks and through the rolling hills.The tour starts in Reisach. If you arrive by train, the best way to start the round is in Neuötting. From Reisach you drive past fields that are repeatedly interrupted by small sections of forest. In the pretty village of Pleiskirchen, a stop at the Huberwirt is worthwhile, where guests have enjoyed the best Bavarian hospitality for over 400 years.A particularly beautiful section of the stage leads you along the Isen. Take your time to listen to the sound of the river. Shortly before Reisach a juicy slope awaits you in a wonderful setting before you whiz down to your starting point.