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Bavarian Castles & Villages

The romantic landscapes of southern Bavaria
 
This is ideal cycling terrain and, since you cycle self-guided while your luggage is transported from one high-quality hotel to the next, you can pause to swim in the lakes and to visit the castles, frescoed villages and famous Wieskirche.
Bavarian Castles & Villages. 7 nights
Bavarian Castles & Villages. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in Bavaria

Dotted with fairy-tale castles and extravagantly decorated churches, the picturesque landscapes north-east of Füssen, the starting point for the long-distance Romantische Strasse ('Romantic Road') cycling route, embody the romance of the Bavarian Alps. Sparkling lakes and idyllic villages of ornately frescoed houses are set against a backdrop of wooded slopes and craggy limestone peaks, and lush meadows are filled with flowers in early summer.
With plenty of designated trails and ever-changing panoramas, the cycling here is excellent, and there is great variety in the places of interest you can visit along the way.
Featuring high-quality hotels of great character, our route takes in the UNESCO-protected Wieskirche, a important centre of pilgrimage; the picturesque lakes around Murnau, their warm waters attracting bathers and artists alike; the exquisite village of Oberammergau, whose houses are decorated with religious frescoes; and the most famous – and most romantic – of King Ludwig II’s castles, whimsical Neuschwanstein, set dramatically atop a cliff above a gorge.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on almost any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The best time for flowers is early July.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 3 5 7 12 16 19 21 21 17 14 8 4
    mm 105 114 145 137 181 203 202 200 158 115 117 120
  • Arrival in Füssen
    Night 1: at Altstadthotel zum Hechten (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Circular route from Füssen: 35km
    After collecting your bikes from the shop, a five-minute walk away, you head off on your first cycle ride, which is the perfect introduction to this captivating corner of Bavaria. Designated trails lead around the picturesque shores of Forggensee, affording beautiful views of the Alps. Allow plenty of time for the return leg, so that you can visit the two magnificent castles that you pass. Hohenschwangau is the Gothic castle whose elaborate murals inspired King Ludwig II’s love of the Middle Ages, while dramatically sited Neuschwanstein, with its fairy-tale turrets and opulent interiors, was actually designed by the king. To visit these, we strongly recommend you book online in advance.
    Circular route from Füssen: 35km
    Circular route from Fussen
  • Füssen to Bad Bayersoien: 40km
    You leave Füssen on the first leg of the 439-kilometre-long Romantische Strasse, passing through a string of traditional villages. The highlight is the approach to the Wieskirche – you emerge from woodland to see this brilliant white, UNESCO-protected church ahead. It is worth exploring the elaborate Baroque interior, with its fresco depicting Christ’s Resurrection, before continuing to your next base, the Parkhotel Bad Bayersoien.
    The approach to Wieskirche
    Füssen to Bad Bayersoien: 40km
    Green pastures between Fussen and Bad Bayersoien
  • Circular route from Bad Bayersoien: 44km
    The Parkhotel’s spa and panoramic indoor pool are hard to resist, but the impressive mountain views on our circular route through the rolling countryside of the colourful Allgäu – part of which is along the Romantische Strasse again – are equally compelling.
    Circular route from Bad Bayersoien: 44km
  • Bad Bayersoien to Murnau: 27km
    Quiet country lanes lead past isolated farms and through traditional hamlets, where you may see cows being herded from one pasture to another. As you cycle, the mountains retreat and the landscape opens out to reveal Murnau, set between two beautiful lakes. This area is known as Das Blaue Land  (the Blue Land) on account of the blue light reflected from the azure waters and sky alike. You first reach Staffelsee then continue along the shore of Riegsee, passing a third lake, Froschhausensee, before heading into Murnau where you stay at the Hotel Griesbräu.
    Bad Bayersoien to Murnau: 27km
    Pause for refreshments
  • Circular route from Murnau: 31km
    Murnau’s splendid surroundings have long inspired artists, not least those of the Der Blaue Reiter (Blue Rider) Movement which emerged here. To understand why, explore these landscapes for yourself on a route through Murnau’s protected marshes, home to a variety of flora and fauna.
    Circular route from Murnau: 31km
  • Murnau to Füssen: 45km
    Take a 40-minute train (included) to delightful Oberammergau, home to the Passion Play, which takes place every ten years (the next one will be in 2020). There is time to appreciate the beautifully detailed frescoes of religious and rural scenes adorning many houses before setting off back to Füssen through the valley. You rejoin the Romantische Strasse, the glorious views of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschangau castles emphasising just how apt a name it is.
    Murnau to Füssen: 45km
    The route from Murnau to Füssen
 

Accommodation

You stay in family-run hotels, where you will find a warm and friendly welcome.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Füssen. Please indicate your preference at the time of booking. Whichever hotel you choose, we recommend an extra night in Füssen to give you a full day to visit the two castles nearby.

Please note: most beds in German hotels are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. We refer to these as 'Austrian Twins' and they are locally regarded to serve requests for both double and twin bedded rooms. Separate twin beds or traditional double beds with one large mattress are rare and cannot be guaranteed.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 05 May - 06 October 2019

    Start any day except Saturday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    5 - 17 May £1035 £160
    18 May - 14 June £1065 £165
    15 June - 31 August £1095 £170
    1 - 29 September £1035 £160
    3rd & 4th person discount -£85
    Single traveller supplement £85

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £87 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    7 nights: 05 May - 06 October 2019

    Start any day except Saturday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    5 - 17 May £1395 £160
    18 May - 14 June £1435 £165
    15 June - 31 August £1475 £170
    1 - 29 September £1395 £160
    3rd & 4th person discount -£85
    Single traveller supplement £85

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Electric bikes available: add £87 per person
    Included travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Füssen (TGV/ICE/regional rail), approx duration 11h50 out/12h30 home & walk (0h05).

    If you book your holiday less than 3 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the sames services at a supplement.

    7 nights: 05 May - 06 October 2019

    Start any day except Saturday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    5 - 17 May £1085 £160
    18 May - 14 June £1115 £165
    15 June - 31 August £1145 £170
    1 - 29 September £1085 £160
    3rd & 4th person discount -£135
    Single traveller supplement £135

    Includes all elements in the 'cycle price', plus a return ferry crossing between Dover and Calais with P&O Ferries for your party and one car.

    Electric bikes available: add £87 per person

    A supplement of £35 per car per single journey applies for outbound travel 5-7 Apr & 19-21 Apr, and for inbound travel 21-22 Apr 2019. A supplement of £45 per car per single journey applies outbound on Fridays & Saturdays 24-25 May & 12 Jul-17 Aug 2019 inclusive, and inbound on Saturdays & Sundays 1-2 Jun & 19 Jul-2 Sep 2019 inclusive.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Altstadthotel zum Hechten, Füssen
    Superior: 05 May - 06 Oct 2019 £13
    Parkhotel Bad Bayersoien, Bad Bayersoien
    Larger with balcony: 05 May - 06 Oct 2019 £7

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £14pp per day.
    Altstadthotel zum Hechten, Füssen (B&B) Double room Single room
    05 May - 06 Oct 2019 £77 £100
    Hotel Griesbräu, Murnau (B&B) Double room Single room
    05 May - 06 Oct 2019 £80 £98
  • 7 nights, staying in Hotel Hirsch (3 dinners)

    5 May - 6 October 2019 Price Single room
    5 - 17 May £1140 £185
    18 May - 14 June £1170 £190
    15 June - 31 August £1200 £195
    1 - 29 September £1140 £185
    3rd & 4th person discount -£85 n/a
    Single traveller supplement £85 -
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Munich

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Munich Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Munich Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Munich easyJet,  Eurowings,  Lufthansa 
    Edinburgh - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Munich Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Munich British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Munich easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Munich British Airways,  Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Munich easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Munich easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Munich easyJet,  Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Munich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Munich (via Düsseldorf) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Munich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Munich Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Munich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Munich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Munich airport to Füssen (3h), walk to hotel (0h05) £19 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk to station (0h05), rail Füssen to Munich airport (3h) £19 1315
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a city trekking bike with 18 gears; a waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • No. We recommend that you bring your own.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Germany, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is German. The currency is the Euro. German time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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