From the centre of the old town to the Kunstareal art district, and on to the former summer residence of the Wittelsbach family, along the Biedersteiner Canal, to the Olympic Park and back across Leopoldstraße. Discover the beauty of Munich outside of the city center at the grand city tour by bike.
This tour starts on Marienplatz, which is dominated by the Neues Rathaus with its Glockenspiel, the Mariensäule and the Altes Rathaus. Continue through Dienerstrasse and Residenzstrasse, past Max-Joseph-Platz, site of the National Theatre (Opera House) and the Residenz, then on to Odeonsplatz. Turn left here, onto Brienner Strasse, and cycle as far as Karolinenplatz, which has an obelisk in the middle.
Then turn down the first street on the right, Barer Strasse, and you’ll find yourself in the very centre of Munich’s Kunstareal art district. Head right onto Gabelsberger Strasse, passing by the Pinakothek der Moderne (Pinakothek of Modern Art). Turn left, cycling onto Türkenstrasse and past the Brandhorst Museum, before turning left again onto Theresienstrasse. Crossing Barer Strasse, then cycle past the Neue Pinakothek and the Alte Pinakothek.
A right turn to the Königsplatz - and Munich feels like Greece
As you turn left onto Arcisstrasse and cross Gabelsberger Strasse, you will see the Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst (State Museum of Egyptian Art) on the left, as well as the University of Television and Film, housed in the same buildings complex. The NS-Dokumentationszentrum (Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism) is located a little further on, also on the left. When you get to Königsplatz, turn right and make for the Propylaea gate, flanked by the Glyptothek museum (right) and the Antikensammlungen (left). Cycle straight on again; you will see the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus art gallery on the right, behind the Propylaea gate.
Continue to Stiglmaierplatz. Passing the Löwenbräukeller, cycle along Nymphenburger Strasse and cross the Mittleren Ring/Landshuter Allee to get to Rotkreuzplatz. After about 500 metres, bear right onto Waisenhausstrasse. After another 500 metres, head left onto Nördliche Auffahrtsallee, along the canal and through the gardens to Schloss Nymphenburg.
From the palace, cycle back along the canal for a short stretch, then turn left onto Menzinger Strasse. After around 300 metres, cross the Biedersteiner Canal and turn right onto Kuglmüllerstrasse. From there, follow the signs for Olympiapark to ride across the large park complex which hosted the 1972 Olympic Summer Games, and which is still used today. Tip: Take a detour to visit BMW Welt and the BMW Museum.
Continue along the Biedersteiner Canal towards Petuelpark and then on to Leopoldstrasse. From here, turn right towards the city centre (Innenstadt). Take now a detour to visit the artists’ quarter of Schwabing: Art nouveau buildings at Münchner Freiheit, “Walking Man” sculpture on the left. Cycle along Ludwigstrasse, past Siegestor and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität on Geschwister-Scholl-Platz and back to Odeonsplatz and Marienplatz. Have a good ride!
Download a PDF file of this tour and map here.