Muskelkater. That was my favorite German word for the first few years I lived here. Now it’s schnappsidee, but that’s another story. Muskelkater is essentially muscle hangover. Hiking in the Alps is pretty much straight up, straight down, so your thighs will be screaming for a couple of days. Most routes start with a walk on a forest road, which I consider the work you need to do for the payoff—technical trails, extreme terrain, endless vistas, and klettersteig.
The hikes listed here have no klettersteig (1, 2, 3), some klettersteig (4, 5, 6), or traverse through a gorge (7, 8). Los gehts!
Smooth roads, uphill challenges, and fun downhills.
Stunningly beautiful lakes, rivers, and alpine peaks.
Bring your SUP for an evening paddle and swim at the lake after the ride.
One of the many things I love about Munich is that it’s centrally located and therefore offers easy access to a variety of sporting adventures. A perfect example is that you can wake up one morning and be in the heart of a world-class sport climbing destination by lunchtime.
Drive 2 hours north and you’re in the Frankenjura.
Drive 4 hours south and you’re in the Arco region of northern Italy.
Mountain biking in the Alps offers gentle paths in the valleys, straight up / straight down forest roads, technical singletrack, and everything in between.
Munich has natural, beautiful lakes (called a ‘see’ [zee] in German) in and around the city that are perfect for stand up paddleboarding (SUP). Most of these lakes have sandy beaches, floating docks, beach volleyball courts, and more.
For the more adventurous, SUP down the Isar River. It's relatively calm most of the time, but check the weather and water levels because it can be dangerous.
1.5 hours south of the city, at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, lie the mountain lakes Tegernsee, Walchensee, Kochelsee, and Chiemsee.
Just 20-30 km south of the city, a hilly morain landscape forms the Five Lakes Region, named for the Starnberger See, Ammersee, Pilsensee, Wörthsee, and Weßlinger See.
There are several routes in and around Munich, and it's fun to skate the city streets (follow Road Rules below).
I highly recommend Blade Night Munich. You and 4,000-10,000 of your blading, inline skating, and skateboarding friends take over the city every Monday evening in the summer (weather permitting). Blading en masse at high speeds through the streets lit up at night is an extraordinary experience.
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