//This post is in collaboration with BOLD Hotel Munich Giesing//
Bicycle around the town is something that I prefer to do in each city I go to, but the past years when traveling with kids, I have been more stuck to rollers than to spinning bicycle wheels. This trip was different, I was alone (well, I was not alone, I was with Sanne 😉 ) I borrowed a bright turquoise BOLD bicycle from BOLD Hotel Munich Giesing for myself for the weekend.
It is fair to call Munich as bicycle friendly, cyclists in the city are far from being rude and aggressive as their fellow riders in Copenhagen and Amsterdam. -Sorry, I do love both cities, but the way how some people behave is almost “pedal range”. I don´t think pedestrians should be afraid of their lives when a bicycle is approaching?!
Before coming to Munich I was reading that there is over 750km bicycle routes! My great plan was to follow one or two routes, but pretty soon I realized that the city was way too beautiful for me to follow one specific track now when I was on my own without a specific timeframe.
I wish I could see how many stops I made and how many unnecessary detours, at the same time, I was not in a hurry, it was the best thing to be able to jump off the bike, park it and walk into something that I had just noticed. When driving a car, you simply cannot do that – not easily at least.
My “half planned” route
I started my trip at 9:30 Saturday morning heading from Giesing via Ludwigsbrucke (Ludwigsbridge) towards English Park and its mighty surfers along Isar rivers Eisbach channel. It took me about an hour to reach the park, I made so many stops along the way admiring about everything – for once I had time for it as well!
I spent a few hours exploring Englischer Garten (English Park) until it was time to meet up Sanne for a quick brunch. After the brunch I wiggled through the crowds of Alstadt. (That´s where most of the attractions and shopping is). I made a quick decision to visit Museum Brandhorst before heading back to hotel. Once back at the hotel, I was exhausted and it felt extremely well deserved to enjoy a cold local beer from the lobby bar which I took with me to the room and while sipping it I admired the view from the balcony over the town.
Sunday morning I went out already 7:30 to see the empty city and it was a bit more relaxing as you can imagine. (Even though I had to make some detours due to a marathon, but I leave that story to another time).
Some useful tips
What I did was simply to take a route from Giesing to English Park on my iPhone´s Google Maps and push start. Keeping your smart phone on flight mode allows you to stay on the route but also saves your battery. Remember to have a CHARGED power bank with you (which I didn´t).
There are several cycling routes and apps for Munich available. If I would have stayed longer in town, most likely I would have downloaded one. It felt unnecessary only for a weekend trip. It would be amazing to explore Munich surroundings next time and take the bike to the train and head towards the countryside attractions, then an app would definitely be a must.
Munich has many hot spots and Vodafone allows free wi-fi around the city for you to update next route and avoid unpleasant roaming surprises. (Yes, I´m aware of the new roaming regulations in Europe, but not believing in anything before receiving my next bill).
Bring a bicycle helmet with you. I noticed many bike rentals in town, but I did not see many wearing a helmet (including myself). One should never underestimate the protection of it.
If you want to find out , what else I found along my bike route: please check out from here Munich-not your typical attractions in town . I believe I would have missed if I had not made the ”Tour de Munich”.