Simon, who many of you may have spoken to over the phone here at Freewheel Holidays recently traveled to Germany for our very popular Munich Lakes Short Break Cycling Holiday.
This trip gives you the opportunity to cycle along the crystal clear water of the Isar River to the impressive Lake Kochlesee and follow beautiful trails through typical Bavarian towns. It is the ideal getaway to admire the majestic mountain ranges, stroll through colourful old towns and ride through the Murnau Moos. Simon did just that and has kindly shared with us more about his time on this wonderful trip, with his wife, Zoe.
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On arrival in Bernried my wife Zoe and I collected our bikes then rode the very short distance to the edge of Lake Starnberg where the Buchheim Museum of Modern Art is situated with great views of the lake. The surrounding park was pretty and also featured several interesting sculptures. The Lake itself has a natural cycle path which was really pleasant riding with ample shade provided by the trees and wooded area. Along the way to Murnau we cycled through several quaint small towns with fabulous traditional Bavarian architecture.
We were treated to excellent views of the distant mountains, quiet countryside and the picturesque lakes of Osterseen, Riegsee, Froschausersee and Staffelsee. The terrain throughout was mostly flat with a few hilly sections in the latter part, which for anyone who is not a regular cyclist might wish to have an electric bike. After approx. 20 miles we arrived in the charming market town of Murnau which was a welcome sight in itself with beautiful pastel coloured buildings and a warm atmosphere – the town and surrounding area also benefits from wonderful views of the Alps and quaint places for wild swimming. There was a very good choice of restaurants and guesthouses serving excellent Bavarian food.
After a fabulous breakfast at the Hotel Angerbrau we set off to ride the picturesque 40km to Garmisch which was pretty much flat the whole way. Being in the middle of May we were really fortunate with the weather and rode in glorious sunshine. After a short distance we entered the vast Nature Reserve of Murnauer Moos which was one of the main highlights of our time on the bikes. It’s an extremely popular area for walkers and cyclists - it’s tranquillity, unique flora and fauna creates such a wonderful setting in the foothills of the Alps. The trails led us through peaceful meadows and woodland, alongside crystal clear rivers and streams. Eventually our route hugged the River Loisach which took us to the charming rural village of Eschenlohe and onwards through stunning scenery to Garmisch.
Once in Garmisch we didn’t quite have enough time to take the nearby cable car up the Zugspitze mountain so instead we rode the short distance from our hotel, along the cycle path to the Olympic Ski Stadium which was an awesome sight with it’s ski jump slopes and Romanesque columns. There was also a toboggan ride and a ski museum, which unfortunately for us was closed on a Sunday.
We spent our last evening having dinner on the popular Ludwigstrasse with its brightly coloured traditional Bavarian houses and shops, where we enjoyed a distant view of the Alps from our table.
The following morning we had enough time to spend a few hours in Munich before our flight back to Manchester. We headed for the central square of Marienplatz in the heart of the old town where we looked around the beautiful church of St Peter and climbed the tower itself which gave a wonderful aerial view of the city including the famous Glockenspiel on the Gothic Town Hall building.
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SIMON'S 'QUICK FIRE' TRIP LOWDOWN
Flight Manchester to Nuremburg with Ryanair
Train – Nuremburg to Bernried, via Munich (approx. 2 hours 20 mins)
Train - Garmisch Partenkirchen to Munich (approx. 1 hour 30 mins)
Flight Munich to Manchester with Easyjet
Day 1 - Bernried, Lake Starnberg to Murnau (30km) gently undulating with some slightly hilly sections
Hotel Angerbrau – 3 * Superior, Murnau
A family run hotel, offering spa facilities with great views of the Zugspitze mountain, restaurant with international food.
Buchheim Museum and Park
Marvellous scenery througout
Pretty Bavarian villages
Murnau - charming traditional Bavarian town with its mountain views, fabulous architecture and colourful houses
Restaurants – there are several traditional Bavarian eateries to choose from on the charming and atmospheric Obermarkt.
Day 2 – Murnau to Garmisch Partenkirchen (40km)
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten - 3 * in Garmisch Partenkirchen
Fabulous mountain views from the hotel room, close to the train station and the Olympic Ski Stadium. Walking distance to the nearby restaurants.
Moor Murnauer Moos – with it’s unique flora and fauna
Quaint Bavarian villages
Zugspitze mountain - Opportunity to travel by cable car to the summit with incredible alpine views.
Olympic Ski Stadium and museum in Garmisch
Dinner in Gasthof Drei Mohren