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Mountain bike rides, Bike tour
Route: Parking Weidachbrücke (P8) – Leutascher Geisterklamm – Mittenwald – Lautersee – Ferchensee – Elmau – Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Grainau – Griesen – Plansee – Speckbacherhütte – Heiterwanger See – Bichlbach – Lähn – Lermoos – Ehrwald – Ehrwalder Alm – Igelsee – Almenparadies Gaistal – Tillfussalm – Gaistalalm – Kneipp Facility Salzbach – Erlebniswelt Alpenbad Leutasch – Parking Weidachbrücke (P8)
Directly from the parking lot at the Weidachbrücke (P8) in Leutasch starts one of the most impressive bike adventures of the region: Stretching almost 104 kilometers around the imposing Zugspitze, challenging a good 2.300 meters in altitude through Austria and Bavaria, with seven villages and four picturesque mountain lakes on the way.
At the Weidachbrücke sufficient (paid) parking spaces are available, but also the Leutasch regional bus line (equipped with a backside bike carrier) stops just a few meters away. The tour then starts on the paved federal road heading northeast, through the small villages in the Leutasch valley, until you reach the spectacular Leutascher Geisterklamm (spirit gorge). On hot days, a refresing stroll is highly recommended here, with a stop at the cozy snack station serving all kinds of treats.
The route further continues across the Bavarian border and past Mittenwald, in the direction of Lautersee and Ferchensee. Here, small lakeside cafés serve refreshments, fresh coffee and cake, embraced within particularly picturesque lake and mountain views. Finally, the route continues through shady woodlands to Elmau, through Garmisch Partenkirchen, Grainau and further along the German-Austrian border to the Plansee.
Circumnavigate the lake on the north side, cross the bridge at the small Plansee and cross yet another brigde at the Speckbacherhütte to the Heiterwanger See. Ride alongside the south shore here, turn left just before Heiterwang and continue through Bichlbach, Lähn and Lermoos to Ehrwald. At Gaistalerhof begins the climb to Ehrwalder Alm, eventually rewarding you with traditional cuisine and a spacious sun terrace.
From the Ehrwalder Alm cycle on to the sparkling Igelsee at the entrance the extensive Almenparadies Gaistal and enjoy the next kilometers along the turquoise blue Leutscher Ache without major climbs. On the way downhill you’ll find two delicious detours at the Tillfussalm and the Gaistalalm, and at the Salzbach parking lot a refreshing natural Kneipp facility is just waiting for your exhausted calves.
After a refreshing stop, the route continues on asphalt roads from the Salzbach parking lot through the small villages in the Leutasch Valley. At the ErlebnisWelt Alpenbad Leutasch yet another stop offers deep relaxation and recovery, before finally reaching the starting point at the parking lot Weidachbrücke (P8).
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