Gentle hills, wide views into the countryside, even as far as the Alps, fields, ponds, lakes and river meadows. The landscape is uniquely beautiful. Again and again you come across small places of worship, chapels and churches.
The tour leads from Weilheim to Dießen via Zellsee and Wessobrunn. On the way back, follow the Ammer-Amper cycle path to Weilheim. The route is moderately difficult, with about 300 metres of altitude gain. A pleasure tour for e-bike riders.
You can hire e-bikes from (E)Radel.de. The bike will be delivered to the station and collected from there for an additional charge. At the latest two days before the start of the excursion, you should register your need with the bike rental company and arrange the pick-up and drop-off times.
Since restaurants and inns in the region often only open in the late afternoon or early evening since the pandemic, it would be good to pack a small picnic.
A cycling tour for nature lovers and culture enthusiasts.
Arrive relaxed and use rental bikes from the local rental companies. The capacity for taking bicycles on trains is limited and taking your own bike on the train cannot be guaranteed, depending on the capacity.
Start and end station
40 km / 5 Stunden
Our tip: Please make sure to check your train connection and the expected capacity before you start your journey.
Tour starts on Bhf. Weilheim
DB Bicycle Service Weilheim Station
There are 564 bicycle parking spaces and a DB Bicycle Service Station in the immediate vicinity of the station.
The DB Bicycle Service Station is the place to go for small repairs to your bicycles, which can be carried out free of charge. The station has air pumps for all common valve types and tools for small repairs.
With the DB Rad+ app, you can collect kilometres cycled in the participating cities and then exchange them for discounts or rewards at exclusive partners.
The bike rental service (E)Radel.de will deliver your bike to Weilheim station by prior arrangement and will also collect it from there by 18:00.
E-bike rental (E)Radel.de
If you are travelling as a group and need several bikes, the eradel.de agency with its headquarters in Murnau will deliver e-bikes to the Weilheim train station during the summer season and pick them up again there. The daily rates for an e-trekking bike are 36 euros, for an e-mountain bike 40 euros. A delivery fee is added to this. Please enquire about the daily availability of the bikes and opening hours before starting your journey.
From the station, you first cycle along the banks of the Ammer. After crossing the Ammer bridge at Unterhausen, you head towards Zellsee.
On the Egerlandstraße you pass the facilities of the German Aerospace Centre, which are used for spacecraft communication.
Three kilometres before Wessobrunn, you will pass the Zellsee on the ST2057. The lake was dammed in 1414 for fish farming. On the north shore of the lake is the Chapel of St. Martin, built in the early 19th century. The village of Zellsee originally belonged to the possessions of Wessobrunn Monastery.
Wessobrunn Monastery is one of the oldest monastery complexes in the Pfaffenwinkel. In 753, Duke Tassilo III is said to have had a dream vision in the area one night that prompted him to order the building of a monastery right here.
The Benedictine monastery of Wessobrunn was once an important theological science centre with an extensive library. Among other things, the oldest surviving Old High German Christian poem, the "Wessobrunn Prayer", was kept here. In the 17th century, the monastery was home to the most important stucco workshop in Europe at the time, the "Wessobrunner Schule".
From 1803, in the course of secularisation, the monastery was expropriated and partly demolished. 100 years later, Benedictine nuns resumed monastic life in Wessobrunn. Between 1954 and 2001 they ran a spa and therapy facility for children and young people here.
Today, the monastery is home to the organic natural cosmetics company of Martina Gebhardt, who has kept the monastery in private ownership since 2014. Nevertheless, guided tours of the monastery take place regularly.
If you are interested in group tours, please contact the parish office on 08809 222. For more information, please visit www.pfarrei-wessobrunn.de.
Regular tours are offered from April to October Wednesday to Sunday at 3 pm.
From Wessobrunn you cycle straight north. You will enjoy wonderful views of the countryside and also enter shady forests before arriving in Dießen.
Catholic Parish Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, "Marienmünster
The parish church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary was originally the monastery church of the Augustinian canons' monastery in Dießen. It was built from 1720 onwards on the site of two older predecessor buildings. Important master builders and plasterers from Munich, Augsburg and the Wessobrunn School were involved in the construction and decoration work. The ceiling frescoes show Mary surrounded by saints. They are considered to be the main work of the painter Johann Georg Bergmüller, who presumably portrayed himself in the part of the painting depicting the entrance of St. Mechthild into the choir convent of St. Stephan.
In the course of secularisation, the monastery church was rededicated as a Catholic parish church. In 1988, the building was given the status of a minster. The latest renovation work dates from 2010.
Dießen am Ammersee
Take a look at the former monastery courtyard, the Baroque-style grounds of today's clinic, before heading towards the lakeside for a short break.
Lake facilities Dießen
The lakeside facilities in Dießen combine the beauty of the Ammersee with lovingly designed recreational facilities. The facilities have recently been renovated and will be fully usable again in 2023. In the shade of tall deciduous trees, there are benches where you can take a break and have a picnic with a view of the lake. The lakeside kiosk, since 2019 in the smart new building directly at the steam pier, offers hot and cold drinks and snacks. A mini-golf course provides fun, and a pub is available as a wellness oasis. The Dampfersteg offers a beautiful view over the lake and the Dießen shore. The lake facilities are accessible at all times.
Opening hours of the lakeside kiosk:
In the summer months from 09:00 to 22:00 hrs.
otherwise from 10:00 to 20:00
Passing the Kneipp facility, you cycle out of the lakeside facilities and finally also out of Dießen, initially riding along the Mehring-Weilheim railway line, until after approx. 2.5 kilometres you turn right across the railway tracks to Schacky Park.
You can park your bikes at the entrance or take them with you on a walk through the park. However, cycling is not allowed in the park. The walk through the grounds is definitely worthwhile and inspires visitors from home and abroad.
In 1905, Ludwig Freiherr von Schacky auf Schönfeld (1849-1913) and his wife Julia (1852 - 1910) discovered the idyllic spot near Dießen with its meadows and the wide view of Lake Ammersee and the Alps. Both fulfilled a lifelong dream at an advanced age and had a landscape garden laid out here according to their ideas. To this day, the park is a special gem in Dießen in terms of landscape gardening and cultural history.
From the elevated temple-like Monopteros, visitors have a view of the Alps on a clear day. Several fountains, duck ponds, the tea house and sculptures based on ancient themes enchant visitors and transport them to a paradise-like world.
In the park, there are display boards that, in addition to the printed explanations, forward visitors to an audio guide via a QR code. This allows visitors to delve deeper into the history of the park.
Dießen am Ammersee
Tour ends on Bhf. Weilheim
Via Raisting and the Ammer-Amper cycle path you now cycle leisurely back to Weilheim, where you have organised your bike return and take your train home.