The Isar was already used as a trade route during the reign of the Roman Empire. From the 17th century onwards, the raftsmen would transport - including tropical fruits, spices, cotton and silk - on the Isar and further down the Danube towards Vienna and Budapest. Over 8000 rafts per year arrived in Munich during the peak of rafting. When and why did the commercial rafting come to an end? You will find out during our tour along the Isar!
The starting point is the health resort Bad Tölz. We will follow the Isar northwards, first through the moorlands called Königsdorfer Filze, then towards the city of Geretsried and to the international raftsmen town Wolfratshausen. From there we cycle through the idyllic Pupplinger Au, through the small town Schäftlarn with its famous monastery, and we will pass the river power plant Mühltal. We will get closer to Munich via Pullach and Großhesselohe. Our destination is the Deutsches Museum, which is on an island of the Isar.
I will tell you more about the rafting tradition in and around Munich at a cozy inn where we will stop for a bite to eat and a drink.