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.
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 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:
Entry point: Floßlände on the Weidach main road (Loisach)
Entry point: Floßlände on the Schlederleiten (Loisach), under the S-Bahn bridge
Entry point: Floßlände in the Pupplinger Au (Isar)
Information on many other excursions and tours is available from München Tourismus, Guest Service
Phone: +49 89 233 96500
Fax: +49 89 233 30300