Bavarian Lakes, Germany: family fun Europe

Why go there?

Bavaria in south-east Germany is dotted with glacial lakes, historic castles and fairytale villages. Chiemsee is the largest lake in Bavaria and among the most beautiful, with its pristine waters overlooked by mountains. It’s perfect cycling territory.


What to do

Lake Chiemsee is skirted by a flat 60km signposted cycling trail, which can be tackled as part of a full day on the bike. Remember, you always have the cool water of the lake to dip in to refresh and revitalise, and numerous beaches and beer gardens are dotted around the lake. Otherwise, if you only want to ride some of the route, a bus service runs around the lake in the summer, and an extensive ferry service connects the main towns. The Chiemgau Alps also offers extensive cycling opportunities, as well as superb views of the lake.

Where to stay and eat

The Hotel Gut Ising occupies an elevated position above the Chiemsee, and is ideally placed to explore the lake by bike. The hotel can organise bike hire and offers a range of additional activities, including horse riding, golf and sailing. From €125 per night for two people.