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.

Video: simply cycling

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!

Download a PDF file of this tour and map here.


Potos: istock/Jorge Alia, D. Verstl; Video: Redline Enterprises


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