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Bike Riding

To the source of the river Isar at Hinterautal valley

· 1 review · Bike Riding · Zugspitz Region
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  • Blick vom Kranzberg in Mittenwald
    / Blick vom Kranzberg in Mittenwald
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Lautersee bei Mittenwald
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Mountainbiketour in der Zugspitz Arena Bayern-Tirol
    Photo: Zugspitz Arena Bayern-Tirol / Thomas Marzusch
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Wonderful tour through untouched landscapes along the river Isar. Endurance and good fitness levels are absolutely essential for this tour.

 

difficult
43.6 km
4:00 h
537 m
537 m
This cycle tour starts out on flat paths with a comfy warm-up in Mittenwald and then takes you into the Karwendeltal valley on an asphalted path. When the weather is nice, the beginning of the route is usually quite busy, until hikers and cyclists spread out into different valleys. The first and only incline requires some fitness, at this point it’s just “keep going” and “keep pedalling”. Once you’ve reached the top, you can have a rest and roll downhill into Hinterautal valley. You will now enter a different world: Jagged and sharp rocks are towering to both sides of you, the cycle path carries on along the river Isar. You will see emerald green summer pastures and hear cowbells in the distance.

 

Benches and the banks of the river Isar invite you to have a rest. You will reach the source of the river Isar effortlessly. Here you should definitely have a break and take a walk through the slightly mossy, hilly terrain, where you can see numerous springs bubbling up from the ground. The last meters to Kastenalm hut are easy to master with cool beverages calling from afar. The return journey is more comfortable, as it goes slightly downhill throughout.

 

For a more detailed description of the tour, please refer to "PDF Print" above.

Author’s recommendation

If you want to, you can add the tour from Scharnitz via Mittenwald to Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the end of your return journey. This will add approximatley 2.5 hours to your journey.
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Updated: March 31, 2020

Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Kastenalm, 1225 m
Lowest point
Bahnhof Mittenwald, 907 m
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Safety information

 

 

Tips, hints and links

www.gapa.de

www.alpenwelt-karwendel.de

Start

Mittenwald station (912 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.440530, 11.265310
DMS
47°26'25.9"N 11°15'55.1"E
UTM
32T 670797 5256608
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Turn-by-turn directions

You start at the Mittenwald station and ride south on the Innsbrucker Strasse to the end of town. Here you cross the bridge over the river Isar to the right and then carry on to the sports center at Ried. Cycle past the tennis court into the Riedboden nature reserve, at the end of which you will have to cross the river Isar once more, just before Scharnitz. In the center of Scharnitz, turn left before the church. Carry on straight on the asphalted road. Towards the end there is a relatively short, but biting ascent. Then you will continue on a well-maintained gravel path, which takes you on almost level ground alongside the river Isar to the Hinterautal valley. After approximately 13 km, you will reach the source of the river Isar. A little bit further on you will reach the Kastenalm Alpine hut. A short break with proper Bavarian food will refresh the spirits before your return journey. You will return to Scharnitz by the same route. Then the cycle path will take you via the main road for a short stretch to the former customs office turn right here and follow the railway tracks through Hoffeld back to the Mittenwald station.

 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Hourly train connections between München Hbf (Munich central station) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, regular connections from Reutte and Innsbruck.

 

Getting there

Take the motorway A95 from Munich to its end at Eschenlohe, and then follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Drive in the direction of the Partenkirchen part of town and Mittenwald/Innsbruck. Turn right at the intersection at the town hall (4th traffic light), and then turn left to the train station at the second traffic light.

When coming from Mittenwald, take the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Follow the signs there to Munich. At the town hall intersection (3rd traffic light), turn left, and then left again at the 2nd traffic light.

When coming from Reutte/Ehrwald/Tirol/Grainau, take the state road B23 into Garmisch-Partenkirchen and follow the signs to “Ortsteil Partenkirchen”. After the underpass on St.-Martin-Straße there is a sharp bend to the right, immediately followed by traffic lights. Here you should turn right to the train station.

 

Parking

Garmisch-Partenkirchen main station car park (P4), fee payable.

Coordinates

DD
47.440530, 11.265310
DMS
47°26'25.9"N 11°15'55.1"E
UTM
32T 670797 5256608
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

GaPa Wanderführer mit KOMPASS Wanderkarte (1:35.000) und „Radeln & Moutainbiken“ erhältlich bei Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus und unter www.gapa.de. Alpenvereinskarte, Wetterstein- und Mieminger Gebirge, Östliches Blatt (1:25.000) freytag & berndt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Wettersteingebirge, Werdenfelserland (1:25.000) Mountainbike Touren Wetterstein Karwendel West-Estergebirge, AM BERG Verlag

Equipment

Weatherproof clothing, cycle helmet, drinking bottle, bike repair kit, first aid kit, if necessary sun screen.  

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Hans Binsner
June 16, 2012 · Community
Wunderschöne Tour. Wer abkürzen möchte kann auch direkt von Scharnitz aus starten, große Parkplätze vorhanden. Ich finde dir Tour ist mit "schwer" falsch bewertet. Es gibt nur eine knackige Steigung, der Rest ist moderat. Auf dem Rückweg geht es quasi nur bergab. Vor und in Scharnitz stimmt die Karte nicht ganz ist aber kein Problem, einfach den schildern "Isarradweg" folgen.
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Done at June 16, 2012

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
43.6 km
Duration
4:00h
Ascent
537 m
Descent
537 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available

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