Munich – Lake Garda in 8 days: a sporty crossing of the Alps by bike

8 Days

Your trip

Racing bike at Lake ReschenWow. On the bike across the Alps. From the Allgäu to Lake Garda.

This is one of our few trips that combine aspiration and athleticism with the glory of the mountains. In this respect, this beautiful bike trip is a little provocation. Alps and bike. That means climbing, suffering, sweat, joy and freezing. Yes, just as well. But it also means a view, peace of mind and pride in what has been achieved.

This tour takes you from the Bavarian capital through the Allgäu, the Wetterstein into the Inn Valley and over the Reschen Pass onto the main Alpine ridge through the lovely valleys of South Tyrol to the sun-drenched Lake Garda.

Beautiful cities like Innsbruck, Merano and Trento are on the way. The courses of the Inn and Adige rivers lead to Lake Garda via Lake Resia and Lake Caldaro. Impressive mountain ranges form an imposing panorama. And from Reschen to Lake Garda, orchards and vineyards characterize the route: from blossom to harvest, it is always cycling season on the southern slopes of the Alps.

Are you in the mood for cycling and lake and mountains – but less for competitive sports ?

We also offer this crossing of the Alps as a pleasure tour .

Experience the mountains and lakes of the high mountains, the sun of South Tyrol and the vastness of the valleys by bike: the hospitality will inspire you, the magnificent nature will enchant you!

Accommodation

You will stay in family and family-friendly 3*** hotels, inns and guesthouses

Catering

every day a rich breakfast is included

Route and requirements

Starting at Munich Central Station, you cycle through the lush meadows along the Bavarian lakes through the Allgäu foothills of the Alps towards the mountains: Glorious sunshine and a light foehn wind are not guaranteed – but not unlikely. A first climb takes you over the northern ridge past the Karwendel and Wetterstein into the Inn Valley. Follow the well-developed bike path from the Inn Valley through Tyrol and South Tyrol to Lake Garda. Discover unique natural and cultural highlights along the way. On this tour, you will cover a total of around 490 kilometers with your Bicycle back.

You cycle on wonderful cycle paths and small side roads, main roads only on short sections. Small climbs have to be cycled almost every day. The Reschen Pass is challenging, with a gradient of around 1,200 meters to Merano. The route is mainly asphalted, some longer sections are also on well passable natural roads.

Numerous farm roads allow you to cycle largely car-free between the orchards and vineyards in peace and enjoyment. If you like, we will bring you by transfer from the Inn Valley to the Reschen Pass. You will then ride rapidly downhill for 1,200 meters in altitude. In between, there are smaller climbs every now and then.

The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bicycles

Sturdy unisex touring bikes, 7 speeds with hub gears and coaster brake or 21 speeds with derailleur and freewheel (please choose when booking), comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights. On request also 21-speed men’s bike possible.

Rental bike PLUS: the sportier option! High-quality equipment, for example, with 27-speed Shimano Deore XT gears, hydraulic Magura brakes HS 11 and Suntour suspension fork.

Electric bikes: unisex bikes with electric pedal assist up to 25 km/h; 8-speed gears with freewheel; range approx. 120 – 180 km (depending on riding style), 550 Wh battery detachable with mobile charger, hydraulic brakes.

Own bikes

It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk. For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.

For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.

Arrival by train

Travel relaxed by train.

Munich Frauenkirche AlpsMunich is easily accessible by train. Alternatively, you can also use www.flixbus.de. Bicycle transport is possible to a limited extent, return journey on your own.

We therefore recommend that you start your vacation at home. Relax during the train ride against the magnificent backdrop of the lake and mountains. Rent the bikes and ride the train without stress. Info at www.bahn.de.

If you rent the bikes with us, you will also not have any stress with the bike transport. Just get on the train with you, on vacation, ready, go! Information and timetables can be found at Deutsche Bahn(www.bahn.de) or Österreichische Bundesbahn, www.oebb.at.

Return transfer

For the return journey from Lake Garda to Munich, we recommend booking our transfer. We offer a daily shared transfer with a central boarding and alighting point from Torbole to Munich. Please book “Transfer” at the same time. You can transport your bikes at your own risk.

The return journey by public transport ‘on your own’ is possible, but inconvenient and connected with several changes bus and train: You take a public bus from Riva or Torbole to Rovereto. From there, take the train to Munich

Car/Parking

Unguarded parking spaces are available in Munich near the hotel from approx. 20,- / day. Please pay directly on site. Unfortunately, a reservation is not possible. Alternatively, there are inexpensive Park & Ride parking spaces. Information can be found at www.parkundride.de/langzeitparken.html. or at this link.

Note

Our tip, if you don’t want to load yourself up quite so much and still want to cross the Alps: We also offer this trip as a pleasure tour .

Country information

Please note our information on entering Austria and Italy under our country information. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Unforgettable

  • The life experience by bike across the Alps
  • The magnificent panorama of the Ortles
  • The fruit paradise of South Tyrol and olives over olive groves on Lake Garda
  • The Reschen Pass

From day to day

Journey to Munich :
Day 1

Journey to Munich

Come to the Bavarian capital, a global metropolis at the foot of the Allgäu Alps.

Munich City Hall

We recommend that you travel by train or bus. Hire bikes from us and set sail carefree and relaxed: you will experience plenty of sun and water over the next few days.

Munich - Murnau :
Day 2

Cycle tour Munich – Lake Starnberg – Staffelsee Murnau, ~ 70 km, ~ 500 vertical meters ↑, ~ 400 vertical meters ↓

Your cycling stage takes you through Forstenrieder Park to Lake Starnberg. You can cycle along the lake or – on your own – shorten the day’s stage to approx. 50 km by boat.

Lake Starnberg

You can find the timetable of the ships under the link: Bavarian lake cruises on Königssee, Tegernsee, Starnberger See and Ammersee.

Breakfast
Murnau - Leutasch :
Day 3

Cycle tour Murnau – Leutasch, approx. 70 km, ~ 800 vertical meters ↑, ~ 300 vertical meters ↓, ~ 6 h

Follow the Loisach river through the Murnau nature reserve to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Continue along the beautifully laid out cycle path to the Isar. Cycle through the sunny high valley with its magnificent panoramic views to Mittenwald.

You should definitely take a break here and stroll through the village decorated with Lüftlmalerei. The spectacular route then continues through Leutaschklamm gorge to Austria. Cycle along the Leutasch stream through the beautiful valley to your overnight stay.

Breakfast
Leutasch - Landeck :
Day 4

Cycle tour Leutasch – Landeck, approx. 70 km, ~ 600 vertical meters ↑, ~ 900 vertical meters ↓, ~ 6 h

Today we’re heading over to the Inn Valley. You leave Leutasch on a gently undulating country road before an eight-kilometer descent takes you to Telfs. Cycle along the Inn on the former towpath to Stams with its baroque Cistercian monastery.

Continue along the Inn Cycle Path past Imst and Zams Monastery to Landeck.

Breakfast
Landeck - St. Valentin :
Day 5

The queen’s stage of the tour: cycle tour Landeck – Reschenpass – St. Valentin, approx. 80 km, ~ 1,200 m elevation gain ↑, ~ 920 m elevation gain ↓, ~ 8 h

Today’s royal stage takes you steadily uphill along the Inn Cycle Path to Martina in Switzerland. From here, the route continues over the Reschen Pass to Italy (the Reschen Pass can also be bridged by bus from Landeck for an extra charge). For the certainly demanding climb you will be rewarded with a magnificent mountain panorama.

Resia Pass Resia Lake

Breakfast
St. Valentin - Auer :
Day 6

Cycle tour St. Valentin – Auer, approx. 110 km, ~ 400 vertical meters ↑, ~ 1,200 vertical meters ↓, ~ 6 h

The fully preserved medieval town wall of Glurns is the first highlight. You cycle down to Merano via the mining ruins through Silandro/Schlanders. Castles and palaces lie along or high above the route.

You can enjoy views of the impressive Ortler massif and the Stelvio Pass while cycling. The cycle path takes you via Lana, Eppan and Lake Kaltern to the charming wine village of Auer.

Breakfast
Ora - Lake Garda :
Day 7

Cycle tour Auer – Riva / Torbole, approx. 100 km

The Adige cycle path is an easy ride to the impressive city of Trento. The route continues via the old Tyrolean border town of Rovereto to Mori. From here the tour heads west towards Lake Garda. In Mori, taste the widely known pistachio ice cream at Gelateria Bologna.

After a short climb at the small Passo S. Giovanni (150 m) follows the descent to the lake to Torbole or Riva.

Breakfast
Extension or journey home :
Day 8

Extension or journey home

Congratulations! You have earned a vacation. Can we book you one or two extra nights at the lake?

Lake Garda

Breakfast

Services

Included in the tour price

  • 7 x overnight stays as listed
  • rich cyclist breakfast
  • Personal tour information (DE, EN)
  • daily luggage transfer
  • Best worked out route guidance
  • Detailed travel documents 1 x per room (DE, EN, FR)
  • 1 pistachio ice cream or 1 freshly squeezed fruit juice on Lake Garda
  • Navigation app and GPS data
  • Service hotline

not included

  • Tourist tax, if due
  • Arrival, departure
  • All extras that are not listed under included

Dates and prices

Arrival days: every Sunday in …
Season 1 14.04. – 27.04.
Season 2 28.04. – 18.05.
Season 3 28.04. – 18.05.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Double room w. breakfast 1.000 € 1.050 € 1.130 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.300 € 1.350 € 1.430 €
Extra nights
Extra night in Munich double room with breakfast 110 € 110 € 110 €
Extra night in Munich single room with breakfast 190 € 190 € 190 €
Extra night in Torbole/Riva double room with breakfast 110 € 110 € 110 €
Extra night in Torbole/Riva single room with breakfast 160 € 160 € 160 €
Additional services
Return transfer by bus 140 €
Note: Return transfer daily by shared bus with central pick-up and drop-off point from Torbole to Munich, min. 4 persons, incl. Bike; reservation required, payable in advance. Please indicate “Return transportation person” when booking. No liability for damage to the bike.
Rental bicycles
Touring bike Premium 180 € 180 € 180 €
E-bike 270 € 270 € 270 €

Map

Please note: Depending on the accommodations we book for you, the overnight stops may differ from those indicated in the route plan. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! Also, in many places you have freedom to shorten the path or make it different. The proposal presented here is therefore more for inspiration and orientation than for compulsive imitation. If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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