Cycling in Munich

(Photo credit Jorge Royan)

Known as the 'Radlhauptstadt' (the bicycle capital) of Germany, one doesn't have too long in Munich to figure out why. A staggering estimated 80% of the population owns a bicycle, and an estimated 17% of all traffic in the city is on two wheels, and the city has invested heavily in the last 25 years in new bike routes to expand the existing network. If you are not used to an abundance of bicycles where you come from, be prepared!

So comprehensive is the bike network that its 1200 kilomtres is the equivalent of 50% of the Munich road network, and there are some 212 one-way streets open to two-way bicycle traffic. There are also dedicated 'Fahrradstrassen' (bicycle streets), where cars are restricted to 30 km/h and cyclists can use the entire road. Many cycle paths are on pedestrian paths, but there are many more which are not. 

For a map of the Munich bicycle network, click here.

If you would like to join the green revolution and rent a bike while in Munich, here are a list of options

Munich also has a very developed concept of 'bike and ride' - full information here.

If you would like to take your bike on public transport, this is generally possible, but don't forget to buy a ticket for the bike! Bikes are not, however, permitted during the weekday rush-hour, so avoid Monday to Friday from 06:00 - 09:00 and 16:00 - 18:00. A bicycle day ticket costs 2.50 euro. More information here.

HOWEVER... During school holidays (click here for the holiday periods), If you have the Isarkarte for public transport you can travel before 9am on work days without paying extra and during these periods it is also possible to take bicycles on public transport in the afternoons of work days. Since this is quite a lot of the year it is something to bear in mind.

Finally there is a cool service offered called Call a Bike, whereby you can rent a bicycle and drop it off in a different location, simply by locking it when you are finished. This is a very flexible and convenient way of getting round the city. More information here

Learn more about the initiatives to turn Munich into a biking city in the video below:

Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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