Cycling along rivers and lakes in Bavaria

Bike Touring Collection by
Bayern Tourismus

Unique cultural landscapes, impressive architecture and typical Bavarian delicacies: Experience the magic of Bavaria with all your senses - on your trekking bike or e-bike. No matter whether you are a nature-loving pleasure cyclist, culture fan or family vacationer - in Bavaria you will find your personal cycling happiness.

Tours along crystal clear rivers that meander through the region like blue veins will take you to picturesque villages and lively towns. Idyllic lakes invite you to stop for a swim in the summer. Fun for explorers are offered by exciting themed and long-distance trails. In between, you can recharge your batteries with a hearty snack and enjoy Bavarian delicacies - including traditional tavern culture. Or you can combine your pleasure bike tour with an exclusive wine tasting or brewery tour.

In this collection we show you the most beautiful bike tours along picturesque waters. The low gradient cycle paths follow the course of rivers or connect crystal clear lakes with each other. They take you right through the Free State and let you actively experience Bavaria's nature and culture.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    20:23
    184 mi
    9.0 mph
    6,975 ft
    7,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Danube Valleys cycle path takes you on an approximately 270-kilometer round trip from Ulm through 14 beautiful tributary valleys of the Danube. On the easy to moderately difficult tour you will cross eight districts, such beautiful cities as Roggenburg, Krumbach, Ziemetshausen, Wertingen, Bissingen, Giengen, Langenau and the seven thematic areas of the ADFC four-star cycle path.These seven different episodes or themed areas of the bike path are between 16 and 100 kilometers long. The episode "The Green Throne Room" enchants with untouched nature, where you can watch birds and rest at cozy bathing lakes. In the episode "Wildfang" you dive into a landscape with wildly romantic forests and sparkling ponds. In the theme area "Klostergarten" you will discover magnificent monasteries and churches, the "Hofmühlen" episode will take you past clattering mills, old farms and stone bridges. In the topic "nursery" you will find not only the Legoland, but also beautiful refreshments on lakes and natural free baths, as well as in the episode "water games", in which everything revolves around the water. In the seventh theme area, "Heideterrasse", you will cycle through enchanting heath and pasture landscape.bayerisch-schwaben.de/rad

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  • Difficult
    27:25
    244 mi
    8.9 mph
    8,325 ft
    8,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    South of Nuremberg opens a wide, rolling hills, characterized by large and small lakes and criss-crossed by countless streams and rivers. It is formed by the Franconian Lake District, the Romantic Franconia, the Altmühltal Nature Park and the Bavarian Jura. Through this magnificent landscape, the Fränkische WasserRadweg takes you on a round 390-kilometer round that begins in Wolframs-Eschenbach. The bike path opens at the end of June with official signage, but of course you can drive the route now. It is best to subdivide the easy tour in eight stages.The Fränkische WasserRadweg takes you in gentle climbs over the hills of Central Franconia. Beautiful cycle paths and quiet roads lead along many streams and rivers, which splash through wide meadows: Roth, Wörnitz, Altmühl, Franconian Rezat and Ludwig-Danube-Main Canal. Along the way, you will also visit picturesque bathing lakes, which offer a refreshing resting place on hot summer days. On the bike tour, you will visit the idyllic waters and cozy old towns that take you on a journey of discovery into the Middle Ages. If you roll through the streets here, many a guest house with Franconian specialties, even brewed beers and excellent wines - the perfect tour for connoisseurs.fraenkischer-wasserradweg.de

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  • Difficult
    20:30
    181 mi
    8.8 mph
    3,625 ft
    6,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    At just under 300 kilometers, the Isar cycle path takes you from the Isarsprung near Scharnitz in Austria to Deggendorf. The moderate tour takes you through beautiful cities like Munich, Freising or Dingolfing. In five stages, you can ride the varied bike ride from the Karwendel mountains to the Danube river valley.From the Karwendelgebirge you cycle over moraine landscape and the Munich gravel plain to the stream valley of the Danube always along the river Isar, one of the most beautiful natural jewels in Europe. On the Isar cycle path, you will discover the magnificent natural landscape at close range and find in the towns and cities along the route a diverse cultural offer. And the enjoyment is not too short on the beautiful bike path: Numerous inns, shops and (weekly) markets along the route offer you the opportunity to indulge in culinary delights. The range of regional products, from fish to sausages and cheese to farm ice cream, is diverse and invites you to a picnic on one of the beautiful waterfront places.isarradweg.de

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  • Difficult
    22:13
    188 mi
    8.5 mph
    5,800 ft
    5,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The route itself is as varied as the rivers along the banks of which the cycle path runs. The cycle route from Regensburg along the Danube, Altmühl, Pegnitz, Vils and Naab runs along the Five Rivers Cycle Route for about 300 kilometers.On the easy tour, you cycle through the heartland of Bavaria in five stages, past a unique landscape cinema of green river meadows, through idyllic valleys and through the rugged cliffs of the Jura landscape of three nature parks as well as the Bavarian Jura and the Frankenalb. Historic cities and markets such as Regensburg, Kelheim, Neumarkt, Nuremberg and Amberg make up the exciting milestones. Cultural highlights such as stately castles and palaces or a toboggan ride guarantee a varied cycling holiday.Each of the five stages has its own thematic focus, based on the particularities of each region through which it leads: "World Heritage on the Danube", "Time travel in the Altmühltal", "Industrial Heritage on the Canal", "Old ways", "monasteries, Churches and Art ". Gradient arm and far away from traffic, this circuit is an experience for the whole family.fuenf-fluesse-radweg.info/de

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  • Difficult
    05:48
    53.3 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This moderately difficult circuit takes you on a particularly scenic route from Lake Starnberg to the Kochelsee and back. The approximately 85-kilometer bike tour can be either a day trip or split in two stages.We start in Degerndorf / Münsing eastwards to the contemplative Loisach, where you can see the picturesque hillside castle in Eurasburg. In Beuerberg worth a visit to the monastery Beuerberg, which attracts in the summer months with interesting exhibitions. The mountains always in front of your eyes you cycle through the Euracher and the Breit-felt, until you reach Bichl and Benediktbeuern with its monastery and the basilica with the two striking onion domes. You cycle to the Kochelsee through the protected area of the Kochelsee-Loisach-Moore. On information boards you can read about the flora and fauna.In Kochel am See you have already made half of the tour. If you want, you can take a break here or even pitch your camp, if you plan to continue the next day. From Kochel am See it then goes along the Kochelsee over Schlehdorf and several small tranquil places in the Pfaffenwinkel northward back to Lake Starnberg, where a jump into the cool water is a wonderful refreshment after the long tour.toelzer-land.de/raderlebnis

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  • Difficult
    04:33
    41.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 16-lake round trip leads you from Obing on almost 70 kilometers over the places Seeon, Eggstätt, Rimsting, Pittenhart and Schnaitsee back to Obing. It goes through the two nature reserves "Eggstätt-Hemhofer Lake District" and "Seeoner lakes" with 16 enchanting lakes. The landscape in these protected areas is one of the most valuable in Bavaria. Depending on how much time you have, you can drive the easy bike path in one to three days.It starts in Obing, but of course you can start the circuit in any other place along the way. To Obing heard the small Obinger lake with the Sculpture Trail. Between Obing and Seeon are the Griessee and the Brunnensee. The famous Kloster Seeon, which is located on an island in the Klostersee, is one of the impressive highlights of the 16-Seenrunde.From the northern shore of the Chiemsee you cycle through Hemhofer Holz. Lake Langbürgner is on the right hand and is the heart of the nature reserve Hemhof-Eggstätter-Seenplatte. Toward the north, it goes past other lakes to Schnaitsee. From here you cycle comfortably back to the starting point to Obing.chiemsee-chiemgau.info/reisefuehrer-chiemgau/a-16-seenrunde

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  • Difficult
    22:55
    216 mi
    9.4 mph
    6,125 ft
    5,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Tauber Altmühl cycle path you drive on almost 350 kilometers from the Main to the Danube. You always cycle on almost slope-free routes along the Tauber and the Altmühl, which makes the route easy to drive and also suitable for families. In eight stages, you can cycle the route from Wertheim to Kelheim, which is made up of the cycle path "Lovely Tauber Valley - The Classic" and the "Altmühltal Cycle Path"On the way you will discover the beautiful landscape of the lovely Tauber Valley, pass cultural highlights such as the Bronnbach Abbey or the Toppler Castle and visit charming places like Weikersheim, Bad Mergentheim and of course the medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Here the bike path leaves the Tauber and leads through the Romantic Franconia with the picturesque nature park Frankenhöhe into the headwaters of the Altmühl. The cycle path meanders through the Altmühltal Nature Park and the Franconian Lake District to the impressively beautiful Altmühlsee on the small course of the river. From here we continue along the Altmühl to Kelheim, past highlights such as the dry slopes at Dollnstein, the pretty Eichstätt and countless castles that tower high above the valley on impressive rocks.tauber-altmuehl-radweg.de

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  • Difficult
    09:38
    98.4 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    The RegnitzRadweg runs in two directions between Nuremberg and Bischberg near Bamberg. The valley route runs along the Regnitz on 85 kilometers and the 75-kilometer canal route runs along the Main-Danube Canal. Both routes can be combined into a varied 160-kilometer tour between Nuremberg and Bischberg, which you can travel in four stages. The bike path is consistently flat except for small slopes, which makes it easy to drive.From Nuremberg you cycle on the valley route via Fürth, Erlangen, Forchheim and Bamberg to Bischberg, where the river Regnitz and the Main-Danube Canal flow into the Main. On the canal route it goes back to Nuremberg. On the way you pass green river meadows and dense banks of playful Regnitz. Along the river you will come across historic water wheels, cozy benches for breaks and charming places with pretty half-timbered houses. At the dead-straight Main-Danube Canal, dense forests and wide fields await you, as well as exciting locks and beautiful harbors, inviting you to take a break.regnitzradweg.de

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  • Difficult
    32:33
    339 mi
    10.4 mph
    6,850 ft
    7,975 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    The Main has several sources, the Weißmainquelle and the Rotmainquelle. Thus you can drive the MainRadweg in two variants. In addition to the starting point at Bischofsgrün at the Weißmainquelle you can also begin in Creussen with your bike ride along the Main. This variant is around 545 kilometers long.Shortly after you have rolled out of the Creussen, you make a detour to Rotmainquelle in Lindenhardter forest. Then you drive through an idyllic, open landscape with many small villages to Bayreuth. Here you can take a break and visit the Margravial Opera House Bayreuth, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then it goes on through the broad valley of the Red Main to Kulmbach, where the Red Main and the White Main merge.Through the sunny Franconian wine country, the Obermain-Jura, the Steigerwald, the picturesque Haßberge and the lovely Tauber valley, you cycle on, experience the fairy-tale forest areas in Spessart-Mainland and discover the Hessian Untermain. But not only the unique landscapes and the picturesque nature provide variety, but also the historic cities like Bamberg and Würzburg, which enchant with their UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the modern banking metropolis Frankfurt am Main. All around you will find a varied mix of nature and culture along the beautiful river bike path.

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  • Difficult
    31:46
    332 mi
    10.5 mph
    6,100 ft
    8,050 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    The Main cycle path leads you over 530 kilometers from the Weißmain spring at Bischofsgrün to Mainz, where the Main flows into the Rhine. Alternatively, you can also start at the source of the Red Main at Creussen. Only a few climbs are waiting for you on the medium-heavy cycle path. So you can drive it comfortably in twelve stages.Along the bike path you will enjoy the most beautiful landscapes of Franconia and Hesse. From the Fichtelgebirge you cycle through the wildly romantic Franconian Forest, the Obermain Jura, the Steigerwald, the picturesque Haßberge and through the sunny Franconian wine country. Finally, you dive into the lovely Tauber Valley, experience the fabulous forest areas in the Spessart Mainland and discover the Hessian Untermain. But not only the unique landscapes and the picturesque nature provide variety, but also the historic cities like Bamberg and Würzburg, which enchant with their UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the modern banking metropolis Frankfurt am Main. All around you will find a varied mix of nature and culture along the beautiful river bike path.mainradweg.com

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  • Difficult
    08:42
    76.4 mi
    8.8 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,175 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The tour includes crossing by ferry.

    The easy heart-piece tour is ideal as a break for the weekend and takes you on a tour from Ingolstadt via Kelheim through the Altmühl and Danube valleys over almost 120 kilometers. In three days you cycle through unique natural landscapes and past Bavarian cultural monuments. The centerpiece tour connects three of the most beautiful bike paths in Bavaria: the Danube Cycle Path, the Altmühltal Cycle Path and the Schambachtalbahn Cycle Path.From Ingolstadt you drive on a former railway line on the Schambachtalbahn cycle path on gentle river meadows and lush green meadows and forests. Then you cycle along the Main-Danube Canal and dive into the romantic Altmühltal with its imposing castles and palaces, rugged Jurassic rocks and Mediterranean-style juniper heaths. From Kelheim you make your way up the Danube to Ingolstadt. Through the nature reserve of the Weltenburger Enge with the imposing Danube Gorge, you will reach the Weltenburg Monastery with the oldest monastery brewery in the world. Via the spa town Bad Gögging you cycle back to the Danube bank and then drive towards Ingolstadt.rauszeit.bayern/de

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  • Difficult
    16:43
    154 mi
    9.2 mph
    4,075 ft
    3,950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    On about 250 kilometers, the Tour of Lower Bavaria takes you from the three-rivers city of Passau to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Regensburg. On the well-planned route of the easy tour, you enjoy low-traffic cycle paths and magnificent cultural landscapes. Along the river meadows of the Danube, Vils, Isar and Großer Laber, the exemplary signposted route joins Bavarian culture and lifestyle like a string of pearls.From Passau you cycle mostly on asphalt and occasionally on good gravel roads through the Danube valley, pass through Europe's largest cucumber growing area at Landau an der Isar and follow the always picturesque and idyllic Isar, over which the castle towers Trausnitz. At Rottenburg an der Laaber we continue through Europe's largest hop growing area. After a foray through the asparagus growing area near Sandharlanden the cycle path winds directly through the Bavarian Jura and follows the Danube to Regensburg. Here ends the unforgettable bike path from Lower Bavaria to the Upper Palatinate.bayerisches-thermenland.de

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    2,107 mi
  • Duration
    223:07 h
  • Elevation
    55,750 ft

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