Munich – Merano – Lake Garda in 11 days: Crossing the Alps by bike, with joy and pleasure

11 Days

Your trip

Wow. On the bike across the Alps. From the Allgäu to Lake Garda.

MeranoThe special thing about this tour, believe me, will be: you can do it! Yes, it will even give you great pleasure and a little pride during the day-long descent from the Reschen Pass along the Adige to Merano and on to Lake Garda.

The tour takes you from the Bavarian capital through the Allgäu, the Wetterstein into the Inn Valley and over the Reschen Pass on the main Alpine ridge through the lovely valleys of South Tyrol to the sun-drenched Lake Garda. A little trick will help you up the main Alpine ridge:

On day 6, a bus will take you from Landeck up the steep ascent to Nauders. You then cycle the last 100 meters up to Lake Reschen under your own steam. From here you can “let it roll” for 5 days. Only on the last day is there a small steep climb to master. A rapid descent then takes you directly to the northern shore of 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, the lake and the mountains – and for competitive sport?

We also offer a crossing of the Alps as a sporty variant in 8 days .

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

The title of the tour already gives it away… With this wonderful tour to the spa town of Merano and on to Lake Garda, even less experienced cyclists will have fun crossing the Alps.

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 470 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 you a shared transfer with a central pick-up and drop-off point from Torbole to Munich. Please book “Transfer” at the same time. You can transport your bikes at your own risk. The bus runs on Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sundays.

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 tipif you want to torture yourself a little: We also offer this trip in a sporty 8-day version .

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 - Lake Starnberg :
Day 2

Cycle tour Munich – Lake Starnberg, ~ 60 km, ~ 350 vertical meters ↑, ~ 250 vertical meters ↓, ~ 5 h

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 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
Lake Starnberg - Garmisch-Partenkirchen :
Day 3

Cycle tour Starnberger See – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, ~ 65 km, ~ 400 m elevation gain ↑, ~ 300 m elevation gain ↓, ~ 5 h

Your tour takes you past the Riggsee lake to Murnau. You follow the Loisach river through the Murnau nature reserve to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

A little tip: A ride on the Zugspitzbahn – on your own – will take you to an altitude of 2,962 m in no time. Wonderful view over the Alps from there.

Breakfast
Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Leutasch :
Day 4

Cycle tour Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Leutasch, approx. 40 km, ~ 600 vertical meters ↑, ~ 200 vertical meters ↓, ~ 4 h

Today you cycle along the beautifully laid out cycle path to the Isar. Cycle through the sunny high valley with magnificent panoramic views of the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountains 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 - Imst :
Day 5

Cycle tour Leutasch – Imst, approx. 50 km, ~ 550 vertical meters ↑, ~ 800 vertical meters ↓, ~ 4 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. Via Haiming it is then not far to Imst, the “Merano of North Tyrol”.

Breakfast
Imst - Malles :
Day 6

Cycle tour Imst – Mals in the Vinschgau Valley incl. Bus trip to the Reschen Pass

Cycle along the Inn past Zams Monastery to Landeck. Here a bus transfer takes you up to Nauders. Just under 70 meters in altitude remain to the Reschen Pass. This is followed by the descent to the Reschensee lake and onwards along the cycle path to Mals with its many-towered town center or Burgeis at the foot of the Marienburg castle.

Breakfast
Malles - Merano :
Day 7

Cycle tour St. Valentin / Burgeis / Mals – Meran, approx. 60 km, ~ 150 vertical meters ↑, ~ 900 vertical meters ↓, ~ 4 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, such as Juval Castle belonging to mountaineer Reinhold Messner, are located along or high above the trail. You can enjoy views of the impressive Ortler massif and the Stelvio Pass while cycling.

Since 2004, the Vinschgau railroad between Mals and Meran has been in operation again, which can be used to cover part of the route at almost any time.

Merano

Breakfast
Merano - Ora :
Day 8

Cycle tour Merano – Ora, approx. 50 km, ~ 50 vertical meters ↑, ~ 150 vertical meters ↓, ~ 4 h

Via Lana and through numerous orchards and vineyards in the area of the South Tyrolean Wine Route, you cycle past many fortified castles, palaces and ruins such as Hocheppan with its important frescoes to Lake Kaltern.

You will find overnight accommodation in the cozy wine village of Auer.

Lake Kaltern

Breakfast
Auer - Trento :
Day 9

Cycle tour Ora – Trento, approx. 45 km, ~ 100 m elevation gain ↑, ~ 150 m elevation gain ↓, ~ 3 h

You cycle along the well-maintained cycle path along the Adige to Salurn. This is where German-speaking South Tyrol ends. The famous Trentino vineyards lie to the side of the dam paths. These lead up to Trento with its worth seeing old town with cathedral and Buonconsiglio Castle.

Breakfast
Trento - Lake Garda :
Day 10

Cycle tour Trento – Torbole / Riva on Lake Garda, approx. 45 km, ~ 170 vertical meters ↑, ~ 300 vertical meters ↓, ~ 3 h

You continue along the cycle path along the Adige via the old Tyrolean border town of Rovereto to Mori. From here the tour heads west towards Lake Garda.

Lake Garda

In Mori, you can taste the famous pistachio ice cream or a freshly squeezed fruit juice in the Gelateria Bologna. After a short ascent at the small Passo S. Giovanni (150 m), enjoy the rapid descent to the lake in Torbole or Riva.

Breakfast
Journey home or extension :
Day 11

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

  • 10 x overnight stays as listed
  • rich cyclist breakfast
  • Personal tour information (DE, EN)
  • daily luggage transfer
  • 1 x bus transfer Landeck - Nauders incl. Wheel
  • 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

Travel start: every Sunday in …
Season 1 14.04. – 27.04.
Season 2 28.04. – 18.05.
Season 3 19.05. – 15.09.
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 with breakfast / pers 1.400 € 1.480 € 1.540 €
Single room with breakfast / pers 1.780 € 1.860 € 1.920 €
Extra nights
Extra night Munich double room w. breakfast / pers 110 €
Extra night Munich single room w. breakfast 190 €
extra night Merano double room w. breakfast / pers 110 €
extra night Merano single room w. breakfast 160 €
Extra night Torbole / Riva double room w. breakfast / pers 110 €
Extra night Torbole / Riva single room w. breakfast 160 €
Additional offers
Rental bike tours 120 €
Rental bike Tours Plus 200 €
Rental bike e-bike 300 €
Return transfer by bus 150 €

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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