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Sporthaus Schuster

Sporthaus Schuster. The focus here is on adventure sports, so if it's climbing, trekking, biking, or walking you're into, this huge store, meters off Marienplatz, is the place. Rosenstr. 1–5, City Center, Munich, 80331. 089/237–070. www.sport-schuster.de.

Olympiapark

Olympiapark. The Olympiapark, built for the 1972 Olympics, is one of the largest sports and recreation centers in Europe. The Olympic-size pool is open for swimming. Olympiapark, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, Milbertshofen, Munich, 80809. 089/30670. www.olympiapark.de. Olympiazentrum [U-bahn].

SportScheck

SportScheck. For general information about sports in and around Munich, contact the sports emporium SportScheck. Recently moved to Neuhauser Str., this big store not only sells every kind of equipment but is very handy with advice. Neuhauser Str. 19-21, City Center, Munich, 80331. 089/2166–1219. www.sportscheck.com.

Bicycling

A bike is hands-down the best way to experience this flat, pedal-friendly city. There are loads of bike lanes and paths that wind through its parks and along the Isar River. The rental shop will give you maps and tips, or you can get a map at any city tourist office.

Weather permitting, here is a route to try: Go through Isartor to the river and head north to the Englischer Garten. Ride around the park and have lunch at a beer garden. Exit the park and go across Leopoldstrasse into Schwabing, making your way back down toward the museum quarter via the adorable Elisabethmarkt. Check out one or two of the galleries then head back to town passing Königsplatz.

You can also take your bike on the S-bahns (except during rush hours from 6 am to 9 am and from 4 pm to 6 pm), which take you out to the many lakes and attractions outside town. Bicycles on public transportation cost either one strip on a multiple ticket or €2.50 for a day ticket.

Rentals

Mike's Bike Tours. Mike's Bike Tours also rents bikes, which is around the corner from the rear entrance of the Hofbräuhaus. Day rental is €15 for the first day, €70 for a week. Return time is 8 pm May–August, earlier in other seasons. Bräuhausstr. 10, City Center, Munich, 80331. 089/2554–3987. www.mikesbiketours.com.

Radius Tours and Bikes. Based at the central station, Radius Tours and Bikes rents bikes. A three- to eight-gear bike costs €14.50 a day. A 24–27-gear bike costs €22. Hourly rates are €3 and €5, respectively. E-Bikes (regular bikes that also use electricity) are also available, from €29 a day. Opposite platform 32, Hauptbahnhof, Munich, 80335. 089/5434877730. www.radiustours.com.

Tours

Mike's Bike Tours. The oldest bike tour operation in Munich, Mike's tours last 4–7 hours, typically with an hour break at a beer garden, and cover upward of 6 km (4 miles). Tours start daily at the Altes Rathaus at the end of Marienplatz. A standard tour costs €25 (bike included) and starts at 11:30 and 4:30 (April 15–August 31) and 12:30 (September 1–November 10); November 11–March by appointment. Reserve to be sure, though you'll probably get a bike if you just show up. Bus Bavaria, part of the same company, also offers day trips by bus to Neuschwanstein castle, which costs €49. Bräuhausstr. 10, City Center, Munich, 80331. 089/2554–3987. www.mikesbiketours.com.

Golf

Munich Golf Club. The Munich Golf Club has several courses that admit visitors on weekdays. Visitors must be members of a club at home. The greens fee for 18 holes is €90; you can only play on the weekends with a member. Tölzer Straße 95, Straßlach-Hailafing, Munich, 82064. 08170/929–1811. www.golf.de/golfclub/mgc/home.cfm.

Golf Club München Riem. The Golf Club München Riem is to the east of Munich on the way to the congressional center at Riem. The greens fee is €50 Mon.–Thurs. before 2; €60 after 2, plus all weekends and holidays. Golf Club München-Riem, Graf-Lehndorff-Str. 36, Munich, 81929. 089/9450–0800. www.gcriem.de.

Ice-Skating

Global warming permitting, there's outdoor skating on the lake in the Englischer Garten and on the Nymphenburger Canal in winter. Watch out for signs reading "gefahr" (danger), warning you of thin ice.

Karlsplatz. In winter the fountain on Karlsplatz is turned into a public rink with music and an outdoor bar. Karlsplatz, Munich.

Eissportstadion. The Eissportstadion in Olympiapark has an indoor rink. Spiridon-Louis-Ring 3, Schwabing, Munich. 089/3077–9452. www.olympiapark.de.

Eisbahn West. In the west of Munich is another outdoor rink, the Eisbahn West—open from October each year until spring. Agnes-Bernauer-Str. 241, Pasing-Obermenzing, Munich, 81241. 089/8968–9007.

Jogging

Englischer Garten. The best place to jog is the Englischer Garten, which is 11 km (7 mi) around and has dirt and asphalt paths throughout. Englischer Garten, Munich.

Isar River. The banks of the Isar River are a favorite route for local runners. Munich.

Olympiapark. The 500-acre park of Schloss Nymphenburg is also ideal for running, as is the Olympiapark, if you're in the area. Tramway 12 to Romanpl., Munich, 80809.

Swimming

Munich set itself a goal of making the Isar River drinkable by 2005, and nearly did it. Either way, the river is most definitely clean enough to wade in on a hot summer day. Hundreds of people sunbathe on the banks upriver from the Deutsches Museum and take the occasional dip. If you prefer stiller waters, you can try swimming outdoors in the Isar River at the Maria-Einsiedel public pool complex. However, because the water comes from the Alps, it's frigid even in summer. Warmer lakes near Munich are the Ammersee and the Starnbergersee.

There are also a number of public pools and spas in Munich if you just have to get in the water while you're here.

Cosima Bad. Cosima Bad has man-made waves. Cosimastraße 5, Bogenhausen, Munich, 81925. 089/2361–5050. www.swm.de.

Dante-Winter-Warmfreibad. The Dantebad has a heated, outdoor Olympic-size pool; in summer the place is packed. They also have a pool available in winter, which is usually not too crowded and provides a nice respite in the frigid months. Postillonstraße 17, Gern, Munich, 80637. 089/2361–5050. www.swm.de.

Müller'sches Volksbad. The Müller'sches Volksbad is in a glorious Jugendstil (the Munich-based Art Nouveau movement) building right on the Isar. Even if not to swim, take a look inside and out. The pool is small but functional. There is also a sauna and steam bath area (mixed, birthday suit required) that is fantastic for a chilly winter's afternoon. Tuesday (and Friday until 3) is reserved for women in the sauna section. Rosenheimerstr. 1, Haidhausen, Munich, 81667. 089/2361–5050. www.swm.de.

Nordbad. The Nordbad has a small, pleasant sauna section. Schleißheimer Straße 142, Schwabing, Munich, 80797. 089/2361–5050. www.swm.de.

Olympia-Schwimmhalle. The Olympia-Schwimmhalle has not only an Olympic-size pool but also a sauna area with a "steam cavern" as an extra delight. Olympiapark, Coubertinplatz 1, Milbertshofen, Munich, 80809. 089/2361–5050. www.swm.de.