Round tour through the Loisach and Katzental valleys
A cycling tour for nature lovers, adventurers and explorers.
Arrive relaxed and use rental bikes from the local rental companies. The capacity for taking bicycles on the trains is limited and taking your own bike on the train cannot be guaranteed depending on the capacity.
Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.
There are 203 bicycle parking spaces in the immediate vicinity of the station.
There is limited bicycle transport on the following trains:
- 960 Munich-Mittenwald (-Innsbruck) max. 25 bicycles
- 965 Garmisch-Pfronten-Steinach max. 8 bicycles
On the routes RE 61, RE 62, RB 6 and RB 60 (section Munich - Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Mittenwald), particularly in the holiday and holiday months, especially at weekends, heavy travel is to be expected and bicycle transport is therefore not guaranteed.
Your tour today begins with a short walk along the pretty Partnach river, which rises 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 just after the main road. On Hammerschmiedweg, walk along the banks of the Kankerbach once again, this time before arriving at the bicycle rental in Mittenwalder Straße.
If you have come with your own bike, you can also shorten the first stage. Then just go straight on along Bahnhofsstraße until you reach Sebastianskircherl with its small park, where you turn left into Münchner Straße.
This bike rental offers the full range of the bike world. In addition to e-bikes and mountain bikes, Bikeverleih.de has racing bikes, fitness bikes, downhill, freeriders, dirt bikes, singlespeed, cruisers, trekking and touring bikes. In addition, there are children's bikes and an extensive range of accessories and cycling clothing.
Bikes can be rented for a daily rate from 8am to 6pm or from 1pm for a half-day rate. The shop is open daily, including Sundays and public holidays.
Mittenwalder Straße 3a
Head north through the beautiful Ludwigstraße and Münchner Straße. At the Partenkirchen cemetery, turn right. Now your cycle path 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 way then leads over the Kuhfluchtgraben. Here you can park your bike to hike up the ditch a bit at your leisure and admire more than just a beautiful waterfall.
In total, the Kuhfluchtwasserfälle have three falls. 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 moat and the larger Loisach flow together here. But perhaps it also tells of the cows lying down in the shade of the trees here in summer, or "flackten" in Bavarian. Then, over time, a cosy "Kuhflack" would have turned into the rather excited Kuhflucht.
If you like, refresh your feet and calves with the icy water in the Kneipp facility on the way back to your bike.
On a short stretch of single trail and further on asphalt paths east of the Loisach, you head north. At Oberau you change banks again and ride uphill into the Katzental. Now you need strength in your legs, the gradient is a respectable 16 percent. Small streams accompany you in the wooded valley.
If you want to treat yourself to a hearty break halfway through the tour, stop in Eschenlohe at the Brückenwirt (Loisachstr. 1, 82438 Eschenlohe), where the Reiter family offers traditional Bavarian cuisine and products from their own butchery in their inn with beer garden.
You cross the Loisach in Eschenlohe and turn south for the first time. By following the Mühlbach stream, you will soon reach one of the most beautiful places in the Loisach Valley: the "Seven Springs".
At this point, the Bavarian Pre-Alps meet the foothills of the Ammer Mountains. Before they can spread out into the wide Murnauer Moos to the north, the Loisach and also the groundwater streams in the depths must flow through the Eschenloher Enge.
South of the narrows is the spring pond of the Seven Springs. It lies on the north-eastern edge of a chain of moors called Pfrühlmoos. Several springs together can release more than 1000 litres of water per second into the pond.
For you, the route continues south along the Pfrühlmoos moor chain and the Loisach. You stay on a wonderful cycle path through moorland, meadows and the pine heath, always on the east bank of the river. Farchant makes a suggestion for a break: why not visit the Werdenfels Warmbad?
The Werdenfels Warmbad lives up to its name: it is a warm outdoor pool with a panoramic view and a sunbathing lawn that is bathed in sunlight until late in the evening. The whole family can refresh themselves here, but sports enthusiasts also get their money's worth. For them, the pool offers a 50-metre pool and a five-metre high diving tower, a beach volleyball facility and table tennis tables. Children will enjoy the 43-metre long fun slide, the non-swimmer and children's pools and the creative playground. For the hungry, there are covered barbecue areas and a kiosk.
The pool is open from June to mid-September.
From Farchant we 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 Kletterwald Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The climbing forest offers challenges for everyone, whether they are climbing for the first time or are professionals, for groups as well as for individualists. The elements in the climbing forest are unique, varied and creative. They were developed by the operators especially for this place and built by hand with great care.
Special highlights: Of the more than 130 climbing elements, 15 are ropeways alone. They are between 25 and 90 metres long. In one of the medium-difficulty courses, the highest platform is mounted - at a height of 17 metres.
From here, you will head through the pretty double town - with or without a detour at the bike rental - back to your starting point at Garmisch-Patenkirchen station.