Munich is a large city, but its vast geography of natural landscapes, squares and meandering rivers makes cycling around the city one of the best possible ideas. This type of tourism is well developed in the city and there is something for everyone.
If you prefer to explore the city alone and at your own pace to see and do all that Munich has to offer, you can rent a bicycle for the whole day, and if you choose to join a group, you can also do so. But that's not all, because there's a wide range of options : are you up for a night-time bike tour or a German beer as soon as the tour is over?
1. Guided bike tour through classic Munich
This is one of the most popular options for those who choose to explore Munich by bike. It is a four-hour tour at a leisurely pace in groups of up to 25 people through the highlights of the city such as Odeonzplatz, Residenz, the Hofbrauhaus brewery or the English Garden.
The most common stop on these tours is lunch at the Chinese Tower brewery, where you can sample a wide variety of Bavarian beer.
Although food and drink are not usually included in the price of the tour, it is a good opportunity to experience a pub that is part of one of Munich's best beer and food tours.
This attraction offers daily departures at around 11.30 a.m. from a meeting point usually located at Marientplatz, with the assistance of a knowledgeable local guide.
The bike rental also includes the necessary entrance fees to the parks and the necessary safety equipment such as helmets and reflective waistcoats. The guide is English speaking.
Details of interest
- Price... The tour with bike rental, insurance and guide assistance costs about 37 euros.
- Duration... The tour lasts approximately four hours.
- Meeting point... The meeting point is always in the city centre, usually at Marienplatz.
- Advantages of this tour.... The classic Munich tour ensures that you get to know the main sights of the city with the assistance of a guide.
- Disadvantages of this tour... The language of the tour is only in English.
2. Bicycle tour through Munich's green spaces
This option offers a tour focusing on Munich' s green spaces, where parks and squares abound. In a group and with the assistance of an expert guide you can cycle through Kings Square, Ludwig Maximilian University, Odeonsplatz and the English Garden, among others.
These tours, which usually last about 3 hours, will allow you to explore the parks that make Munich one of the best cities in the world to enjoy cycling and discover with your senses.
The bike rental also includes safety equipment such as helmet and reflective waistcoat and the assistance of an expert guide. It also includes stops at food stalls or beer gardens which are not included in the price of the tour.
- Price... The tour with bike rental, safety equipment and guide assistance is about 30 euros.
- Duration... The tour lasts approximately three hours.
- Departure point... The most common meeting point is Radius Tours in Arnulfstrasse, but this is subject to change. With the booking confirmation you will receive all the information you need.
- Advantages of this tour... You will get to know Munich's parks, squares and iconic promenades.
- Disadvantages of this tour... You will only visit the city centre at the beginning and at the end of the tour as it is a tour focused on green spaces.
3. Munich Super Saver: bike tour with food and Bavarian beer evening
Munich is known for being an ideal city to explore by bike and also for the quality of its beers. If there's one way to combine the two, it's with these tours, where you can learn the secrets of the city with the assistance of an expert local guide.
With these tours, which last approximately six hours, you can delve into Munich's medieval streets and stories, its parks and promenades, and also take a fascinating tour of the English Garden, which is the largest urban green space in Europe and a must-see for the city' s best excursions.
Once the bike tour is over, the other part of the tour begins: an evening of dinner and beer.
From the main station you will start a tour of the best Bavarian restaurants and beer bars, and you can visit the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum, a place in the city that pays tribute to the beer culture and its important role in the history of Munich.
Towards the end the tour will take you through Munich's open-air beer gardens, usually ending at the Hofbrauhaus, the three-storey brewery that is part of the city's history and has been open for more than 400 years.
- Price... The tour with bike rental, safety equipment, guide assistance, beer and food tastings plus entrance to the museum costs approx. 90 euros.
- Duration... The tour lasts about six hours.
- Meeting point... The meeting point will be communicated in the booking confirmation email.
- Advantages of this tour... This is the ideal tour to combine a bike tour with a gastronomic tour of the best breweries.
- Disadvantages of this tour... It is a bit of a long tour and can be tiring. I recommend that you take this into account when planning your stay in the city.
4. Night bike tour through the alternative Munich
If you are looking for an alternative night in Munich, this tour can offer you the solution. This small group tour focuses on the hidden alleyways off the beaten tourist track.
On this tour you'll see the sunset, learn about Munich's river beach culture and finish with a beer in a family-run brewery away from the city centre.
The tour often includes sites as diverse as the city's opera house, Michael Jackson's makeshift shrine and you'll learn why it was built in Munich.
You'll also often visit the former royal palace and the eclectic Lehel neighbourhood, which has much to say about the bohemian side of the imperial city.
On this three-and-a-half hour tour you will be assisted by an expert local guide. Food and beverages during the stops are not included in the tour price.
- Price... The tour with bike rental, safety equipment and guide assistance is about 34 euros.
- Duration... The tour lasts approximately three and a half hours.
- Departure point... The meeting point is usually at Karlsplatz, although this will be confirmed in the booking confirmation.
- Advantages of this tour.... This is the ideal tour to get to know an alternative circuit of Munich in small groups.
- Disadvantages of this tour.... On this tour you won't see the main tourist sites of the city, so I recommend that you complement it with a tour of Munich.
5. Short bike tour through the main sights of Munich
Many tourists come to Munich for only a few days and in such cases it is difficult to dedicate many hours to a bicycle tour. If this is your case, this tour is ideal for you.
In a quick tour, which usually lasts no more than an hour and a half, you will get to know the city from the city centre to the Isar River with the assistance of an expert guide.
Although it is a short tour, it still offers aclose-up experience of Munich's main attractions and historical sites. The tour is done in small groups, which streamlines the experience and makes the guide's intervention more fluid.
The tour usually starts at Marienplatz and ends at the same place at the agreed time. If you are thinking of doing this tour because your stay is going to be short, here is a guide to visiting Munich in two days so you can make the most of your time in the city.
- Price... The tour with bike rental and guide assistance starts at 32 euros.
- Duration... The tour lasts about an hour and a half.
- Starting point.... The meeting point is usually at Marienplatz.
- Advantages of this tour... This is the right tour if you have little time available in the city.
- Disadvantages of this tour... Safety equipment such as helmets and reflective waistcoats are not included in the price and are rented separately.
6. Bicycle tour through Munich's street art circuit
Munich is an imperial city, but it also has a rich alternative circuit. Even in the most visited places there is some influence of street artists and this kind of tour aims to rescue all those works in a tour that is away from the crowds of tourists.
The itinerary includes a meandering route that starts at the colourful path along the Isar river.
The visit to the English Garden will bring you the story of how Munich was the breeding ground for the emergence of German graffiti artists in the 1980s and how the former working-class district of Giesing became a cult location for street art.
You will also learn about the artists' influence on the annual Oktoberfest in Germany, tickets for which can be found in this article.
This alternative tour, which usually departs from Marienplatz, will give you an insight into a different side of the elegant and stately Munich than other tours. The assistance of an expert local guide and small groups will enhance your experience.
- Price... The tour with bike rental and guide assistance starts at 34 euros.
- Duration... The tour lasts three and a half hours.
- Departure point... The meeting point is usually at Marienplatz.
- Advantages of this tour... If you are interested in street art, this is the ideal tour to get to know one of the alternative sides of Munich.
- Disadvantages of this tour... The tour does not include stops for lunch, which can make the tour a bit long.
7. Complete tour of the English Garden by electric bike
Munich is considered a modern city because it is designed so that everyone can cycle to work and also because its environmental standards are among the highest in the world.
The English Garden is the largest city park in Europe and only part of it is visited on a bicycle tour. This tour aims to unite Munich's profile as Germany's cycling capital and its environmental care with a complete tour of the park in a three-hour excursion.
The tour starts directly at the English Garden and usually includes a visit to the surfing wave at the Eisbach, a stop at the Hofgarten, the panoramic view of Monopteros in the southern part of the park and then a tour of beer gardens, bars and cafés.
The whole tour will be done in small groups and on electric bicycles. The tour price does not include food and drink tastings and the expert tour guide is available in English and German.
- Price... The tour with the rental of the electric bike and the assistance of the guide costs about 40 euros.
- Duration... The tour lasts about three and a half hours.
- Meeting point... The meeting point is the English Garden.
- Advantages of this tour... You will have the opportunity to learn how Munich became the German bicycle capital.
- Disadvantages of this tour... The tour only includes a visit to the English Garden and not to other characteristic green spaces of the city.
What will I see on this type of tour?
Each of the tours has a particular theme. Many of them offer different ways of getting to know Munich's main tourist circuit by bike, while others invite you on a tour of the city's alternative circuits.
Once you choose the option that best suits your interests, the tour will provide you with all the information you need to make your experience unforgettable. The fact that all attractions include the assistance of an expert guide will enable you to get the most out of your visit to Munich.
Why do we recommend a bike tour in Munich?
Because Munich is not only Germany' s bicycle capital but also a city designed so that everyone can get to work without using another vehicle. This means that Munich has an extensive layout of cycle paths and modified medieval streets that will make your bike tour magical.
You can also experience the locals and enjoy the city's climate. If you visit Munich in winter, it can be an unusual but still interesting plan for those days when snow is not forecast.
What are the advantages of taking a guided tour vs. visiting Munich on my own?
Munich is a very big city, with a rich history and many secrets hidden in its medieval streets. You can certainly get to know the city on your own, but you run the risk of missing out on the best details. That's why each of these tours includes the assistance of an expert guide.
Munich is much more than just a stately city centre, with an interesting street art circuit, alternative bars and a host of other attractions that are difficult to access without the advice of the locals.