Munich Guides

Great activities for those who love sports

There is always something to discover in Munich, regardless of whether you’re staying for 4 or 24 hours, for a long weekend or even an entire week. Some suggestions for those who love sports!

Stopover: 4 Stunden

 

Hire a bicycle and discover Munich’s highlights on two wheels. Our route is around seven kilometres long, and you’ll need about an hour. You can hire bicycles here. We then recommend going up the Alter Peter (St. Peter’s Church). After climbing 306 steps, you’ll reach the viewing platform. Enjoy the unique view of the old quarter.

Short trip: 1 day

 

Discover the River Isar by bike. Our route is around 18 kilometres long, and you’ll need about 2,5 hours. You can hire bicycles here.

After enjoying a pleasant lunch in a beer garden in the Englischer Garten or in a café by the Hofgarten, you’ll head to the Olympiapark, where you’ll be able to experience a breath-taking climbing tour on the canopy roof of the Olympic Stadium (120 minutes).

 

Weekend: 2 days

 

Explore Munich’s highlights on a bike as part of a big summary tour (around 3 hours). Our route is around 23 kilometres long. You can hire bicycles here.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Kletter- und Boulderzentrum München West, which offers rock climbing and bouldering activities across 2,500 m2 for beginners, occasional rock climbers and even pros.

On the second day, you might like to enjoy a guided tour around the Allianz Arena, Munich’s football temple (around 75 minutes).

On the way back, you’ll visit the Englischer Garten, where you can hire a rowing boat or pedal boat on Kleinhesseloher See Lake. You can round your day off nicely with a meal at the Seehaus restaurant.

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Experience Munich: 4 days  

 

Day 1: Discover Munich's Englischer Garten on a bike. Our route is around 15 kilometres long, and you’ll need about 2 hours. In the afternoon, you’ll head to the Olympiapark, where you’ll be able to experience a breath-taking climbing tour on the canopy roof of the Olympic Stadium (120 minutes).

Day 2: Experience Neuschwanstein Castle as part of the “Königliche Wanderlust” (“Royal Wanderlust”) day trip. If you take the trail from Füssen, you will even see two additional castles. At five hours, this tour is relatively long, but you will find that time passes quickly. If you would prefer a shorter tour, you can get the bus back to Füssen from Hohenschwangau. Then, it’s time to visit the late Gothic Hohen Schloss castle in Füssen. Once you have finished there, you can head from Füssen’s old town to the peak of Kalvarienberg mountain and then on to Schwansee lake in its idyllic setting (perfect for a dip in the summer!). Then you can continue on to Hohenschwangau – and to the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein via a paved road. On the way, you should definitely plan to stop on Marienbrücke bridge andenjoy the amazing view of the castle! After descending to Alpsee lake, head along the Alpenrosenweg (Alpine Rose Trail) towards Bad Faulenbach to return to Füssen.The highlight of this tour has to be the panoramic view from the peak of Kalvarienberg, taking in all three castles against the backdrop of the mountains and lakes of the Allgäu Alpine foothills.

Day 3: In the morning, you might like to enjoy a guided tour around the Allianz Arena, Munich’s football temple (around 75 minutes). In the afternoon, you can slip into your running shoes and explore the River Isar. A popular running route goes from the city centre to Hellabrunn Zoo and continues along Lake Hinterbrühl to Großhesseloh Bridge. If you’ve still got some stamina left, you can keep running to Waldwirtschaft Großhesselohe, one of the nicest beer gardens in Munich. Alternatively, you might like to hire a bicycle and cover the route on a bike. Our Isar cycling tour is around 18 kilometres long. Depending on your fitness, it should take you about 2.5 hours. The cycling tour starts off with a slight ascent: Beginning in the city centre, you’ll ride southwards along the River Isar until you reach Großhesseloh Bridge; you’ll then continue through the districts of Hinterbrühl, Floßlände and Flaucher on your way through the Gärtnerplatzviertel, and then on towards Marienplatz (Our Lady’s Square) via the Viktualienmarkt food market. You might like to end the day with a dip in the cool water of the Maria Einsiedel natural baths. The Isar canal flows for almost 400 metres through the popular outdoor baths in the south of Munich

Day 4: If you’re feeling adventurous, we recommend visiting the Jochen Schweizer Arena. With surfing, bodyflying and a high-rope course, you definitely won’t get bored here!

Enjoy Munich: 1 week

 

Day 1: Hire a bike and set out on our pleasant cycling tour down the River Isar to the Aumeister beer garden. You’ll finish off by cycling through the Englischer Garten and back to Marienplatz. You’ll be cycling for around 15 km, so you’ll need around 2 hours depending on your fitness and how long you’d like to spend in the beer garden. In the afternoon, you’ll take part in a guided tour of the Allianz Arena, Munich’s football temple (around 75 minutes).

Day 2: Today, you’ll be allowed to go up the wall: You’ll find several indoor and outdoor opportunities to enjoy rock climbing and bouldering in Munich and the surrounding areas. City climbing for all skill levels!

Day 3: Today, you’ll head off to the Olympiapark, where you’ll be able to experience a breath-taking climbing tour followed by a flight on Europe’s longest Flying Fox on the canopy roof of the Olympic Stadium (120 minutes). Afterwards, it’s worth visiting Olympia-Alm, the highest beer garden in Munich. The former kiosk was opened for the Olympic Games in 1972 and has since become a very popular beer garden. You can round off your afternoon with a relaxing stroll through the Englischer Garten. The best way of getting there is by taking the underground to Münchner Freiheit and then walking through Haimhauser Straße past the Osterwaldgarten. It’ll take you around 15 minutes to reach the Seehaus beer garden and restaurant. You’ll be able to hire a rowing boat or pedal boat there. If you walk southwards, you’ll reach the Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm. If you’d like to spend a particularly romantic time, this is where you can start a carriage ride through the Englischer Garten. If you continue south and walk past the monopteros, you’ll arrive at the Haus der Kunst (House of Art) on Prinzregentenstraße. The Eisbachwelle bridge is located right next to it, which is the perfect place for Munich’s surfers.

Day 4: Today, you’ll be visiting the ropes course in Grünwald. You’ll take the S7 train from the city centre to the final stop in Höllriegelskreuth. You’ll then have to take the 271 bus to Grünwald Friedhof. You’ll then follow the signposted footpath for around 10 minutes until you reach the Walderlebniszentrum (Forest Discovery Centre). You’ll find the ropes course to the left. Travel time is around one hour. The ropes course at Kletterwald München offers around 65 different exercises across 5 exciting obstacle courses. Progressive difficulty levels mean there’s something for everyone – both beginners and advanced climbers. If you’d like to take a break in between, you can lie down in a hammock, or take a seat in the forest lounge or at the picnic benches.

Day 5: Enjoy a day on the River Isar. You can take a canoe ride along the River Isar or enjoy rafting in a dinghy. The traditional canoeing route leads from Bad Tölz to the landing spot – taking in some bathing fun, a picnic on the gravel bank and some river-chilled drinks along the way.

Day 6: The outskirts of Munich offer outstanding leisure opportunities. Lots of cycling paths and circular trails can be explored on a day trip from Munich. One popular cycling trail leads along Lake Chiemsee. It takes you past numerous bathing areas, letting you cool down nicely in summer

Day 7: You might like to round everything off with a shopping trip in Munich’s pedestrian zone. If you’re interested in the city’s big sports stores, have a shopping adenventure!

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Photo: Christian Kasper; Illustration: Julia Pfaller; Video: Redline Enterprises