Tips for exciting tours in and around Munich

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The Isar is a popular destination for cyclists in Munich. © Ralf Kruse

The cycling season is starting: this weekend offers the opportunity for an exciting excursion. After a Corona break, a tour is back on stage, which the Munich Forum is organizing together with some partners. “Anyone can drive”, says Klaus Bäumler from the forum. This is the path:

1 Isarwerk III: The tour starts at 2 pm at the bathing area of ​​the Wittelsbacher bridge. One station is Isarwerk III, which generates electricity for 6,800 households on average every year. “The plant is still in operation, but the concession has expired,” says Bäumler. He hopes the water rights trial will be completed quickly.

2 Braunauer railway bridge: the bridge from 1871 is a technical monument. The Munich Forum would like a footpath and cycle path in the historic part of the bridge. “It would be an optimal link between Untergiesing, the Flaucher and the Theresienwiese”, explains Bäumler.

3 Peace Oak of 1871: The Peace Oak was planted by 12,000 schoolchildren in 1871 to celebrate the end of the Franco-Prussian War.

4 Monument to Mayor Jakob von Bauer: Mayor Jakob von Bauer founded the Flaucher complex on 1 May 1839. “The Flaucher was the first urban green space in Munich in 1839,” says Bäumler. “It is a symbol of urban green”.

5 Isarphilharmonie at the large Stadtbach: Munich’s new concert hall was inaugurated in October 2021. The Isarphilharmonie offers space for 1900 people and is initially an alternative accommodation during the renovation of the Gasteig cultural center. “Especially if it becomes a permanent structure, we hope that there will be a cycle and pedestrian path through the Mittlerer Ring,” says Bäumler.

6 Playground at the Flaucher restaurant: This playground has been moved close to the restaurant. “It was very well received,” says Bäumler.

7 Auermühlbach culvert: “The death roller must be rebuilt”, asks Bäumler. “The city does not assume its responsibilities with just warning signs.” Instead, it is necessary to eliminate the danger point and also establish ecological continuity.

8 Floßlände: The Floßlände wave is the world’s first river wave for surfing. Surfing has been going on there since 1971.

9 Isarwerk I: Isarwerk I run-of-river hydroelectric power station was built by architect August Blößner between 1905 and 1907. It is the oldest Isar power station still in operation in Munich and a technical monument.

10 Hinterbrühler Park: The park was a compensatory condition for the construction of the works canal in 1907. It was designed by the director of the municipal gardens, Jakob Heiler.

11 Golf course: The golf course on an area of ​​14 hectares at Hinterbrühler Park is controversial. The Munich Forum had asked that the area be open to the public. But the lease with the golf club will be extended until 2034.

12 Garden of the villa on the Isarhang: We also stop in the garden of the villa of Mayor Wilhelm von Borscht. Cyclists take a look at the site from Conventzstrasse. The namesake Hugo Conventz is the founder of the protection of natural monuments, May 12 marks the 100th anniversary of his death.

13 Großhesseloher Bridge: The Großhesseloher Bridge is a railway bridge on the Munich-Holzkirchen railway line. The bridge structure was built in 1857. In 1985 there was a new building.

14 Grosshesselohe barrage system: The 1907 barrage system has been a technical monument since March 2022. “It is important to be careful when converting the barrage,” says Bäumler. The old barrage system needs to be renewed.

Other great cycle paths

Munich cyclists can follow the traces of drinking water on the M-Waterway of the municipal works. There are several routes between 39 and 82 kilometers long which always intersect with the S-Bahn or BRB stops. The route starts at the Deutsches Museum and leads through Oberhaching, Sauerlach and Valley to Gmund am Tegernsee, the origin of the Mangfall. The tour includes 20 stations with information panels on the production of drinking water. More information on the route: swm.de/wasser/m-wasserweg.

The MVV also offers a cycling route planner. The special feature: the routes start and end at an S-Bahn or U-Bahn station. Users can set the starting and ending point and put together the routes individually. There are three suggested routes: the fastest route, a green route and a family route. The Munich Radl city map, which can be found online at geoportal.muenchen.de, is also useful for Munich cyclists.

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