Cycling in Dachau

Dachau on Bike

Dachau and surrounding area enjoy an ever increasing popularity among the cycling community. The scenic mossland plains with the picturesque river course of the Amper attracts tourists and weekend- or day-trippers alike.

The Ammer-Amper-Radweg, certified by the ADFC with 4 stars, as well as the WasserRadlWege Oberbayern with its hop & beer and art & culture loops lead through the city area, while ambitious cyclists will find routes from easy to challenging in the hilly backlands of Dachau, with very little car traffic. Tour suggestions and numerous tips on sights and places to stop for a bite to eat can be found in the cycling map of the city and district of Dachau or at Soli Dachau (local bicycle association), such as the RTF route "Through the Dachau Hills". The long-distance cycling path Radlring München also leads directly through the city of Dachau.

Really refreshing - the water cycle paths in Upper Bavaria Dachau: Jewel at the hop and art & culture loop

Dachau on the water cycle routes of Upper Bavaria

The so called WasserRadlWege Oberbayern with its hop & beer loop as well as art & culture loop lead directly through the municipal area of Dachau. After all, the art of brewing and painting were once closely connected here.

Historical beer wagon Dachau Castle Brewery, Photo: Dachau City Archive
Historical beer wagon Dachau Castle Brewery, Photo: Dachau City Archive

Even though none of the former seven Dachau brewhouses still exist, the buildings of the Unterbräu, Hörhammerbräu and Zieglerbräu still characterize the appearance of the former marketplace, and the owners of the breweries were often seasoned personalities with a great influence on the fortunes of their town.

Especially in Dachau they also influenced the cultural life in the flourishing time of breweries located in the old town of Dachau through their close connection to the prominent representatives of the former artists' colony at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

outdoor seating area
Dachau hospitality, Photo: City of Dachau @ Jörg Lutz

Taste some of the regional beer specialities in the narrow streets of Dachau old town or visit the paintings gallery of the former artists' colony Dachau. You will also come across painters and their works of art from this period on the Artists' path, where you can stop for a bite to eat in the beer gardens and the many restaurants and cafés along the cycle paths and in the town.

If you bring your own picnic with you, you will find snack tables and benches at the Amper Playground, amidst greenery between the river Amper and the Schlossberg.

Insider's tip:

Scenic viewpoint at Dachau palace. Photo: city of Dachau
Scenic viewpoint at Dachau Palace. Photo: city of Dachau

Only a few steps - the short ascent from the old town to the former Wittelsbach summer residence Dachau Palace is rewarded with an unexpectedly wide view over Dachau to Munich and, with a foehn-wind blowing, to the Alpine panorama.

The court garden with its baroque lime-tree arbour is an oasis of peace amidst flower beds and fruit trees. In the rear part, the so-called English garden, you can experience busy bees very closely on the bee nature trail. 

The Ammer-Amper cycle route Through the Amper floodplain forests into the city of Dachau

Ammer-Amper Cycle Route

Those who reach the city of Dachau via the beautiful floodplain forests of the river Amper should make a detour to the picturesque old town.

Ammer-Amper cycle track near Dachau, Photo: City of Dachau
Ammer-Amper cycle track near Dachau, Photo: City of Dachau

The river Amper flows directly alongside the foot of the Dachau Old Town Hill and in a short time you reach the old town with its magnificent town houses. High above, Dachau Palace is enthroned. 

From here you can enjoy a unique panoramic view over the bavarian state capital to the Alps. Art lovers should not miss a visit to the paintings gallery. The permanent exhibition shows paintings and sculptures of the former artists' colony Dachau

The city still houses many artists and there are regular exhibitions in the various galleries in the city. A visit to the district museum is also worthwhile. Here, the history of the town, the bourgeois handicrafts and guilds as well as the rural everyday culture are shown.

When you leave the city downstream, you can visit the Concentration Camp Memorial Site. It is the highest aim of the city to keep the memory of what happened alive. The museum and archives of the memorial site make a significant contribution to this.

Cycling map Dachau & district 23 bike tours for Dachau and surroundings

Cycling map city and district of Dachau

The Tourist-Information Dachau offers a cycling map "Dachau Stadt & Umland". It adresses sportive cyclists and nature lovers alike, offering five tour suggestions in and around Dachau to be discovered and explored. The information includes points of interest and places to eat at.

The cycling map (4,90 €) is available at the Tourist-Information Dachau. For contact details please see below.

Services for bicyclists


Tourist Information City of Dachau
Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 1 
85221 Dachau 

Phone: +49 (0) 8131 - 75286 

Opening hours:
May - October:
Mon - Fri: 10 am - 5 pm
Sat: 10 am - 2 pm,
add. July - Sept.: Sun 10 am- 2 pm

November – April:
Mon – Fri: 10 am – 4 pm. Sat 10 am - 2 pm