Mountains, forests, history, culture, vineyards, buzzing cities, pretty towns and an insatiable appetite for the outdoors. This is Germany and boy will you be buzzing and left with a camera full of pictures by the time you wrap up an incredible bicycle adventure in this magical European powerhouse.

Any trip to Germany simply must include visits to cities such as Berlin and Munich. In the capital, you can spend the day at any number of hotspots such as the artistic and historic East Side Gallery, while there are plenty of amazing concerts, bars, restaurants or clubs to keep you busy in the evening.

Unlike Berlin, Munich is smaller and has a more traditional feel. It is definitely more relaxed and boasts the beautiful Englischer Garten, one of the world’s best parks and absolutely beautiful for cycling in. However, Munich still does know how to party as evidenced by Oktoberfest - the world’s largest folk festival that lasts 16 days every year. More than six million people visit and the city is awash with color and of course, beer.

Lake Eibsee

Mountain bike your way around the clear waters of the lake with the Bavarian Alps as a backdrop

Outside the city noise, the only question you have to ask yourself is: mountains or water? A tricky choice. Mountain lovers will rejoice on routes such as the Bodensee-Königssee when they glimpse the magnificent Alps. This ride will get those thighs burning as you pedal on through Bavaria with mountainscapes laying before you, but fortunately, there are numerous gorgeous country villages that you can admire along the way.

But if you prefer the calming allure of winding rivers, stunning cities and sensational scenery then take your pick from routes along the Elbe or the Danube. Each is truly magical. The former starts from the North Sea and winds its way past breathtaking scenery and through stunning cities such as Hamburg and Dresden. Both are well worth a stop off - the former for its beautiful harbor and the latter for its gorgeous Gothic architecture. It is little wonder the Elbe route has been voted Germany’s best cycle trail the last ten years running.

However, the Danube route certainly runs it close for conjuring up breathtaking moments. Lasting a whopping 1800km (1118 mi) from its humble and stunning origins in the Black Forest to its end ten countries later, this is an incredible ride. With wide paths, calm waters, pretty villages and spectacular scenery, this route is one for cyclists who like life in the slow lane, lapping up moment after moment. And really this is what Germany is all about.

Best Seasons:March - September
Popular Locations:Elbe River, Baltic Coast, Bodensee-Königssee Route, Rhine River