Cycling tours

Grand city tour by bike

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.

Route length: approx. 23 km | Duration: approx. 3 hours

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.

Video: simply cycling

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!


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Also interesting: Discover the most interesting attractions of Munich's Old Town and the Englischer Garten with an experienced guide on a guided bike tour.


Photos: Dominik Morbitzer, istock/noppasin; Video: Redline Enterprises


Main attractions along the route:


  • 1
    There's always something going on in Munich's city centre - and the locals also like to meet up here.

    Marienplatz: the heart of Munich

    Marienplatz 1, 80331 Munich, Germany

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

  • 2

    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...

  • 3

    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...

  • 4
    View up to the highest point of the dome light of the rotunda in the Pinakothek der Moderne.
    Pinakothek der Moderne

    Four museums under one roof

    Barer Str. 40, 80333 Munich, Germany

    From Picasso and Warhol to Le Corbusier – the Pinakothek der Moderne (Pinakothek of Modern Art)...

  • 5
    Always an eye-catcher: the façade of the Museum Brandhorst consists of 36,000 coloured rods.
    Museum Brandhorst

    From Andy Warhol to Cy Twombly

    Theresienstr. 35 a, 80333 Munich, Germany

    Hidden behind its spectacular facade, the Museum Brandhorst (Brandhorst Museum) wows its visitors with...

  • 6
    State Museum of Egyptian Art

    The world of the pharaohs

    Gabelsbergerstr. 35, 80333 Munich, Germany

    Explore Munich’s Egyptian Museum, which covers 5,000 years of Ancient Egyptian art and culture....

  • 7
    The white cube by architects Georg-Scheel-Wetzel has windows on all sides, creating references to relics from the Nazi era, when Munich was Hitler's main movement city.

    Centre for learning and remembrance

    Max-Mannheimer-Platz 1, 80333 Munich, Germany

    The former headquarters of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party on Königsplatz in...

  • 8
    The Propyläen on Königsplatz were originally planned as Munich's city gate.

    The love of ancient Greece

    Königsplatz 1, 80333 Munich, Germany

    A piece of the ancient world, right in the heart of Munich: in the early 19th century, King Ludwig I...

  • 9
    The Gallery in the Lenbachhaus in the Maxvorstadt district.
    Lenbachhaus art gallery

    The pure enjoyment of art

    Luisenstraße 33, 80333 Munich, Germany

    The Blue Horse in the golden cube: welcome to the world’s largest collection of artwork by the...

  • 10
    Schloss Nymphenburg

    Jewel of the baroque

    Schloss Nymphenburg 1, 80638 Munich, Germany

    Schloss Nymphenburg (palace) had already made its name across Europe by the 1700s. As a royal summer...

  • 11

    1972's formula of success

    Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, 80809 Munich, Germany

    The Olympiapark (Olympic Park) in Munich is a shining international example of how to create a successful...

  • 12
    BMW Welt

    A masterpiece of modern architecture

    Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 Munich, Germany

    Vehicle manufacturer BMW’s very own experience and delivery centre has been known to deliver up...

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    The Walking Man

    simply great

    Leopoldstraße 36, 80802 Munich, Germany

    A white giant in the Schwabing district: the 17-metre-high Walking Man by US artist Jonathan Borofsky...