Cycling tours

Highlights tour by bike

Cycling tour taking in Munich city centre attractions: Old town, Englischer Garten, Isar upriver, Deutsches Museum, Isartor, Alter Hof and back to Marienplatz.

Route length: approx. 7 km | Duration: approx. 1 hour

Beginning at Marienplatz, cycle through the archway of the Altes Rathaus, immediately turning right towards the Viktualienmarkt. Then, cycle past Heiliggeist Church (left) and Metzgerzeile (Butchers’ Row) (right) and along the market. After around 250 metres, turn left onto Prälat-Zistl-Strasse to pass the Schrannenhalle market hall (left). Then you need to dismount and push your bike across Sebastiansplatz, which is located opposite the market hall, until you reach St.-Jakobs-Platz where the Synagogue and Stadtmuseum are.

Tip: “Typically Munich!” exhibition in the Stadtmuseum.

From ORAG-Haus, on the left-hand side of the square, turn right towards the Oberanger theatre. After the zebra crossing, turn right into Rosental and cycle as far as the Viktualienmarkt. Here, turn left and cycle along Viktualienmarkt Strasse again until you reach the Tal. Cross this road and cycle straight down Sparkassenstrasse, before turning left onto Pfisterstrasse. From there, take the first road on the right (Hofgraben) and follow it to Maximilianstrasse, which you will cross.

Then, turn left and cycle around Max-Joseph-Platz. The main attractions on this square are the National Theatre (Opera House) on the east side and the Residenz palace towards the north. Keep to the right as you cycle along Residenzstrasse and on to Odeonsplatz. In this square you can see the Baroque-style Theatinerkirche and the Feldherrnhalle, built in the Classical style. At the end of the Residenz building, turn right and head through the archway into the Hofgarten (Court Garden).

Tip: Dancers from the swing, salsa and tango scenes meet at Hofgarten temple.

This runs along the north side of the Residenz. Turn right just before the Staatskanzlei (State Chancellery), and follow the path straight ahead until you reach the brick arcade wall. Then cycle downhill and left, through the underpass and into the Englischer Garten. After about 70 metres, head right over the second bridge, across the Köglmühlbach and the Haus der Kunst car park. Turn right after the building and cycle as far as Eisbachbrücke on Prinzregentenstrasse. From here, you can watch the Eisbach surfers in action.

On Prinzregentenstrasse you will dismount and push your bike a short distance, to the traffic lights on Lerchenfeldstraße, and then across Prinzregentenstraße. The next highlight: Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum). Cycle towards the Isar River as far as Luitpoldbrücke, with its view of the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace) monument. After crossing Widenmayerstrasse, cycle directly onto the cycle path beside the Isar River, heading south, and cross Maximilianstrasse. The Maximilianeum can be seen on top of the hill, to the left.

Next, cycle approximately 20 metres further along Steinsdorfstrasse before crossing the Praterwehrbrücke on the left, heading right after the bridge, and along the Praterinsel to the corner of Mariannenbrücke/Kabelsteg. Cycle left across the Kabelsteg, turn right into Zellstrasse and pass Muffathalle, with the Muffatwerk beer garden, continuing up the hill to Rosenheimer Straße. Munich’s “Gasteig” cultural centre,home to the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, can be seen up to the left.

A cooling refreshment awaits in the Art Nouveau swimming baths Müller'sche Volksbad. Or a few hundred meters further in the Hofbräuhaus beer garden.

At Rosenheimer Strasse, turn right and cycle across Ludwigsbrücke.The Deutsches Museum can be seen on Isarinsel, the island to the left. You then cycle straight on into Zweibrückenstrasse, passing Isartor as you head into the Tal. Turn right after the Schneider Bräuhaus, onto Maderbräustrasse, then right again onto Ledererstrasse and then left onto Orlandostrasse. Pass the souvenir shops on foot, pushing your bike as far as the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl.

Keep walking, heading along Platzlgasse until it opens into Pfisterstrasse on the left. Once you reach Sparkassenstrasse you can get back in the saddle and cycle along the street, then turn left towards the Alter Hof. Cross the courtyard of the former royal residence, then cycle onto Burgstraße at the other end. This leads directly on to Marienplatz, bringing you back to your starting point. Have a good ride!

 

Potos: istock/Jorge Alia, D. Verstl

 

Main attractions along the route:

 

  • 1
    Marienplatz

    Heart of the city

    Marienplatz 1, 80331 Munich, Germany

    There’s always something going on in this world-famous square – whether it’s the Christmas...

  • 2
    Münchner Stadtmuseum

    Take a journey through time

    Sankt-Jakobs-Platz 1, 80331 Munich, Germany

    Just a stone’s throw from the market at Viktualienmarkt, the Stadtmuseum (Munich City Museum) sends...

  • 3
    Max-Joseph-Platz

    Square with unique scenery

    Max-Joseph-Platz 1, 80539 Munich, Germany

    A setting like nowhere else in the world: the opera house, the Residenz palace and theatre, the magnificent...

  • 4
    Odeonsplatz

    Munich's love of the south

    Odeonsplatz 1, 80539 Munich, Germany

    Why is Munich known as Italy’s most northerly city? Stand on Odeonsplatz square soaking up the...

  • 5
    Residenz

    Bavarian centre of power

    Residenzstr. 1, 80333 Munich, Germany

    Dukes, electors and kings: between 1508 and 1918, Bavaria’s rulers governed the fates of their...

  • 6
    Hofgarten

    Small paradise for relaxing

    Hofgartenstraße 1, 80539 Munich, Germany

    The Hofgarten (Royal Garden) at the Residenz palace is an idyllic green park on the edge of Munich’s...

  • 7
    Eisbachwelle

    Surfing in the centre of Munich

    Prinzregentenstraße, 80538 Munich, Germany

    One of Munich’s top attractions for sports fans and tourists alike. The Eisbachwelle is the largest,...

  • 8
    Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

    From late antiquity to Art Nouveau

    Prinzregentenstraße 3, 80538 Munich, Germany

    The Bayerische Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum) on Prinzregentenstrasse is one of the largest...

  • 9
    Maximilianeum

    Magnificent building on the Isar banks

    Max-Planck-Straße 1, 81675 Munich, Germany

    The Maximilianeum building in the Haidhausen district houses students and politicians all under one roof.

  • 10
    Gasteig

    Munich's cultural centre

    Rosenheimer Straße 5, 81667 Munich, Germany

    Gasteig has been a centre for cultural life in Munich for over 30 years. The world-famous Munich Philharmonic...

  • 11
    Müllersches Volksbad

    Jewel of Art Nouveau at the Isar river

    Rosenheimer Str. 1, 81667 Munich, Germany

    Müllersches Volksbad (Müllersches Public Baths) is an indoor swimming pool and local attraction...

  • 12
    Deutsches Museum

    Be amazed and join in

    Museumsinsel 1, 80538 Munich, Germany

    The Deutsche Museum (German Museum) in Munich is one of the largest and most traditional science and...

  • 13
    Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum

    Laughter guaranteed!

    Tal 50, 80331 Munich, Germany

    Prepare to laugh! The Valentin-Karlstadt Museum in Munich’s Isartor is a quirky, original place.

  • 14
    Schneider Bräuhaus

    Bavarian specialities

    Tal 7 , 80331 Munich, Germany

    We have no qualms about calling Schneider Bräuhaus a Munich institution: this traditional tavern...

  • 15
    Hofbräuhaus

    The original comes from Munich

    Platzl 9, 80331 Munich, Germany

    “In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus – oans, zwoa, g’suffa…” (“There’s...