Two rafts departing from a rafting site

Guided excursions

River rafting on the Isar

Rafting on the Isar has a long tradition. As early as the 15th century, timber for the Frauenkirche was brought to Munich in this way. Today you can discover the most beautiful stretches of the Isar on a rustic wooden raft - atmosphere and music included.

By raft from Wolfratshausen to Munich

The raft trips start in the old rafting town of Wolfratshausen about 30 kilometres from Munich. The crew skilfully steers the raft, which is equipped with tables, benches and live music, down the Isar to Munich-Thalkirchen. Depending on the water level, the trip on the white water takes five to seven hours.

While enjoying a typical Bavarian snack and live music, you drift past many scenic spots. Shortly after the start, the raft passes the Pupplinger Au landscape and nature reserve. Most of the time, the Isar flows peacefully. On hot days, you can even swim alongside the raft in the quieter places and cool off a little. The trip gets a little wilder at the locks, where the differences in altitude have to be overcome by raft slides. In the idyllic Mühltal valley near Schäftlarn Monastery, for example, the raft shoots down the 18 metres of altitude at quite a rapid pace, accompanied by the cheerful screeching of its passengers.

The rafts are built anew every day from mighty tree trunks and dismantled again. A raft consists of up to 18 tree trunks and offers space for around 60 people. Rafting is a sustainable business: once the rafting season is over in September, the logs are processed into timber.

The history of the Isar rafting

 

From 13th century

Delivery of building materials, but also of imported goods from Italy by raft to Munich

 

End 17th century

Regular passenger and freight transport by raft

 

Mid 19th century

Every year, 5800 rafts pass through the rafting area in Wolfratshausen.

 

from 1891

The new Isartal railway between Munich and Wolfratshausen replaces the raft as a means of transport.

 

1903

The raft trip is making a comeback as a pleasure trip.

 

2010

Wolfratshausen becomes a member of the association of international rafting towns.

 

2014

Rafting" is included in the nationwide register of intangible cultural heritage of the German UNESCO Commission.

Raft trips on the Isar: contact and booking

The raft trips take place in summer from May to mid-September. The start is in Wolfratshausen.

Depending on the raft, you can book a whole raft or individual places. Find out about individual special services such as bus transfer to Wolfratshausen, lunch and music requests and book early.

Enquiries and reservations can be made directly with the following organisers and rafting companies:

 

Isar-Floß-Event (Isar-Raft-Event), 

www.isar-floss-event.de

Flossfun.de,

www.flossfun.de

Flößereibetrieb (Rafting company) Josef Seitner

www.flossfahrt.de
Entry point: Floßlände on the Weidach main road (Loisach)

Flößereibetrieb (Rafting company) Franz Seitner

www.flossfahren.de
Entry point: Floßlände on the Schlederleiten (Loisach), under the S-Bahn bridge

Isarfloss Angermeier GmbH & Co KG

www.isarfloss-angermeier.de
Entry point: Floßlände in the Pupplinger Au (Isar)

 

 

Photo: Stadt Wolfratshausen / Adrian Greiter

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