Frühling, Foto: Andi Müller Farchant, Foto: Wolfgang Ehn Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG Foto: Harald Landsrath/ Kuhflucht, Foto: Christian Hofer Fotografie Loisach in Farchant, Foto: Andi Mßller Schwimmbad Farchant, Foto: Andi Mßller Foto: RitaE/
Bycicle tour

Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Mountains and water

swimming possibility
Animals & Nature
Geologically Interesting

Discover bubbling springs and cascading waterfalls. Whether as a sporty after-work excursion or a leisurely family day out - this moderately difficult cycle tour is a delight for all the senses.

5 h
39 km
Key facts of the tour
Where there are mountains, there is also water. This tour is richly blessed with both. Not far from the highest mountain in our country, the Zugspitze, you will discover one of its highest waterfalls, which cascades down in three stages along the Kuhfluchtgraben. At the Seven Springs, the water gushes out of the ground, squeezed in by mountain ranges, and is finally brought to a pleasant temperature for bathers in the Werdenfels Warmbad. Wherever you cycle and rest, you will hear the babbling of streams and rivers and enjoy the beauty of floodplains and moors.

This medium-difficulty tour is a favourite after-work route for mountain-loving locals - in whole or in sections. It is also suitable for a Sunday outing with the family. The really sporty ones finish the tour with a game in the climbing forest.
A cycle tour for nature lovers, adventurers and explorers

Arrive relaxed and hire bikes from local hire companies. The capacity for taking bikes on the trains is limited and it is not possible to guarantee that you will be able to take your own bike with you, depending on capacity utilisation.

Start and end station

Start station

6 tour steps
39 km / 5 Stunden
End station

Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.


Tour starts on Garmisch-Partenkirchen


DB bicycle service station Garmisch-Partenkirchen

There are 203 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the station.

Limited bicycle transport is available on the following trains:

- 960 Munich-Mittenwald (Innsbruck) max. 25 bicycles
- 965 Garmisch-Pfronten-Steinach max. 8 bicycles

On the RE 61, RE 62, RB 6 and RB 60 routes (Munich - Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Mittenwald section), particularly during the holiday and holiday months, especially at weekends, a high volume of passengers is to be expected and bicycle transport is therefore not guaranteed.

Bahnhofstr. 31

Foto: Bartlomiej Banaszak, Lizenz: Deutsche Bahn AG


Your tour today begins with a short walk along the pretty Partnach, which has its source in the Zugspitze massif and is fed by the meltwater of one of the last German glaciers, the Schneeferner Glacier.

To do this, turn right from Bahnhofstraße into Partnachauenstraße. Cross the river at the wayside shrine of St John Nepomuk and follow Schornstraße until you turn right into Badgasse after the main road. Follow the Hammerschmiedweg for a short walk along the banks of the Kankerbach stream before arriving at the bike hire shop in Mittenwalder Straße.

If you have come with your own bike, you can also shorten the first stage. Then simply continue straight ahead along Bahnhofsstraße to Sebastianskircherl with its small park, where you turn left into Münchner Straße.

This bike hire shop offers the full range of the bike world. In addition to e-bikes and mountain bikes, has racing bikes, fitness bikes, downhill bikes, freeriders, dirt bikes, singlespeed bikes, cruisers, trekking and touring bikes. There are also children's bikes and an extensive range of accessories and cycling clothing.

Bikes can be hired for a daily rate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or from 1 p.m. for a half-day rate. The shop is open daily, including Sundays and public holidays.

Mittenwalder Straße 3a


Phone: 08821 7818390

Email Address:
Monday: 08:30am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Tuesday: 08:30am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Wednesday: 08:30am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Thursday: 08:30am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Friday: 08:30am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Saturday: 08:30am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Sunday: 08:30am - 12:30pm and 02:00pm - 06:00pm
Foto: Harald Landsrath/


Head north along the beautiful Ludwigstraße and Münchner Straße. Turn right at the Partenkirchen cemetery. Your cycle path now runs parallel to Münchner Straße. You cross the third and largest watercourse: the Loisach, which brings water from Tyrol. You follow this water until you cross it again in Farchant.

The next bridge on your route takes you over the Kuhfluchtgraben. Here you can park your bike and take your time to hike up the ditch and admire more than just a beautiful waterfall.

Kuhflucht waterfalls

In total, the Kuhflucht waterfalls have three stages. In these three waterfalls, the water plunges down more than 270 metres in height. This makes the Kuchfluchtwasserfälle one of the highest waterfalls in Germany.
There are two different explanations for the strange name. Perhaps it goes back to the language of the ancient Romans. The name "Confluctum" would indicate that the stream rising from the 200-metre-high end wall of the trench and the larger Loisach flow together here. But perhaps it also tells us that the cows used to lie down here in the shade of the trees in summer, or "flack" in Bavarian. In that case, a cosy "Kuhflack" would have turned into a rather agitated "Kuhflucht" over time.



Phone: 08821 961696

Email Address:
Kuhflucht, Foto: Christian Hofer Fotografie


If you like, refresh your feet and calves with the icy water in the Kneipp facility on the way back to your bike.

Head north on a short section of singletrack and continue on tarmac paths east of the Loisach. At Oberau you change banks again and cycle uphill into the Katzental valley. Now you need strength in your legs, the gradient is a considerable 16 per cent. Small streams accompany you in the wooded valley.
If you want to treat yourself to a hearty break halfway through the tour, stop off in Eschenlohe at the BrĂźckenwirt (Loisachstr. 1, 82438 Eschenlohe), where the Reiter family offer traditional Bavarian cuisine and products from their own butcher's shop in their inn with beer garden.

You cross the Loisach in Eschenlohe and turn south for the first time. Following the MĂźhlbach stream, you soon reach one of the most beautiful places in the Loisach Valley: the "Seven Springs".

Seven sources

At this point, the Bavarian Prealps meet the foothills of the Ammer Mountains. Before they can spread out into the wide Murnauer Moos to the north, the Loisach and the groundwater streams have to flow deep down through the Eschenloher Enge.
The spring pond of the Seven Springs is located to the south of the Enge. It lies on the north-eastern edge of a chain of moors called PfrĂźhlmoos. Several springs can release more than 1000 litres of water per second into the pond.

Phone: 08824 8228
Email Address:
Loisach in Farchant, Foto: Andi MĂźller


The route continues southwards along the PfrĂźhlmoos moorland chain and the Loisach. You always stay on the eastern bank of the river on a wonderful cycle path through moorland, meadows and pine heath. Farchant offers you a suggestion for a break: why not visit the Werdenfels Warmbad?

Werdenfels Warmbad

The Werdenfels Warmbad lives up to its name: it is a warm outdoor pool with panoramic mountain views and a sunbathing lawn that is bathed in sunshine until late in the evening. The whole family can refresh themselves here, but sports enthusiasts also get their money's worth. The pool has a 50-metre pool and a five-metre diving platform, a beach volleyball court and table tennis tables. Children will love the 43 metre long fun slide, the non-swimmer and children's pool and the creative playground. For the hungry there are covered barbecue areas and a kiosk.
The pool is open from June to mid-September.

Esterbergstraße 50

Phone: 08821 961696
Email Address:
01.06. - 31.08.
Monday: 09:30am - 07:30pm
Tuesday: 09:30am - 07:30pm
Wednesday: 09:30am - 07:30pm
Thursday: 09:30am - 07:30pm
Friday: 09:30am - 07:30pm
Saturday: 09:30am - 07:30pm
Sunday: 09:30am - 07:30pm
01.09. - 30.09.
Monday: 09:30am - 07:00pm
Tuesday: 09:30am - 07:00pm
Wednesday: 09:30am - 07:00pm
Thursday: 09:30am - 07:00pm
Friday: 09:30am - 07:00pm
Saturday: 09:30am - 07:00pm
Sunday: 09:30am - 07:00pm
Schwimmbad Farchant, Foto: Andi MĂźller


From Farchant, continue south to Garmisch. Do you still have energy and time? Opposite the cemetery at the entrance to the town, you can park your bike at the valley station of the Wankbahn cable car. A short climb of almost 100 metres in altitude takes you up to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen climbing forest.

Climbing forest Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The climbing forest offers challenges for everyone, whether you are a first-time climber or an expert, for groups or individuals. The elements in the climbing forest are unique, varied and creative. They were developed by the operators especially for this location and carefully constructed by hand.

Special highlights: Of the more than 130 climbing elements, 15 are ropeways alone. They are between 25 and 90 metres long. One of the moderately difficult courses has the highest platform - at a height of 17 metres.

Wankbahnstraße 3
Garmisch Partenkirchen

Phone: 0170 63 9688

Email Address:
Foto: RitaE/

Tour ends on Garmisch-Partenkirchen


From here, you can cycle through the pretty twin towns - with or without a detour to the bike hire shop - back to your starting point at Garmisch-Patenkirchen railway station.

Tour map



Bahnhofstr. 31

82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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