Rafting in Bavaria
Rafting tours in Bavaria
Bavaria has way more to offer than only beer, sausages and local costumes. The federal state in the south of Germany is also renown for outdoor activities - especially white water rafting. On 4 rivers belonging to 3 different regions, a broad range of tours including options for every taste is offered.
The first region is located around the Isar and includes starting points in Lenggries, Bad Tölz and Munich. Allgäu in the southwest of Bavaria is the second rafting area. In Blaichach, Oberstdorf and Sonthofen the tours on Iller and Lech start. Last but not least, the tours on the Loisach in the “Werdenfelser Land” comence in the well-known ski town Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The predominant scenery varies from region to region. On the Isar, you will either pass by green hills and the typical Bavarian countryside or ride directly through the centre of Munich. The further south you go, the bigger the impact of the Alps gets. When you embark on a tour on the river Lech, you will find yourself amidst an alpine landscape, coined by high peaks and steep, rocky valleys. The scenery around the Iller and the Loisach is a good mix of both, including views on the nearby Alps while passing by green hills, vast farmland and rural villages.
Rafting in Bavaria is particularly suited for beginners and families due to the rather low difficulty level of the tours. The required minimum age depends on the tour you choose, but kids from an age as early as 5 years can make their first rafting experiences on the Iller. However, some more demanding tours which cater to the ambitious sportsmen, are also available. The duration of the activities also varies widely, ranging from 3h to 6h.
The procedure depends on the tour and provider chosen. An introduction session, safety instructions and modern equipment are always included. Furthermore, well-educated guides take care of your safety and well-being throughout the trip.
The best rafting providers in Bavaria
Isar (Munich, Bad Tölz, Lenggries): “Montevia” and “Outdoor Dahoam” are specialists in organising rafting tours on the Isar. Montevia was founded in 1998 and has grown rapidly in the last few years. Nowadays, more than 20 certified rafting guides welcome you at the well-equipped base. Outdoor Dahoam employs not only certified guides but also college-educated adventure educators. This provider’s emphasis is on quality and individualization.
Iller and Lech (Blaichach, Oberstdorf, Sonthofen): The stunningly beautiful Allgäu is home to “Map-erlebnis.de” and “Spirits of Nature”. The latter has more than 20 years of experience and focuses on personal care and flexibility. The meeting points for the tours can, for example, be arranged individually. The young and motivated team of Map-erlebnis.de will make sure that the tours are packed with fun and excitement while keeping an adequate focus on safety.
Loisach (Garmisch-Partenkirchen): “Wildwasser Werdenfels” has 35 years of experience and is a family-run business. Spreading a family-feeling and trust as well as ensuring the safety of the guests are the main objectives of this provider.
That's special about rafting in Bavaria
The offer for rafting in Bavaria is extremely varied, especially when it comes to unusual tour packages: On the Isar you can, on the one hand, drift through the centre of Munich on inflatable tires. During this "River Tubing" tour you are going to discover the city from an entirely new perspective. On the other hand, the tour in the Canadian Raft, a canoe for 2, offers an extensive view of the idyllic landscape around Bad Tölz with its green hills and smaller mountains. Stag night tours on the Isar on either a white water raft or a river tube are further options that promise a lot of fun.
On the Iller in Allgäu, “Canadian Rafting" and kayaking are alternatives to ordinary rafting tours worthwhile consideration. Furthermore, there is also a compelling option designed for companies and associations: the "Company Special" includes team building tasks as well as a joint BBQ at the end of the tour. At the foot of the Allgäuer Hochalpen, with mountains like the 2224m high Nebelhorn near Oberstdorf, exciting river passages, such as the "Rubi Stufe" or the "Endress-Wehr", await you. Last but not least, the tour on the river Lech takes you on an adventurous yet demanding ride through the spectacular high-alpine scenery at the border between Germany and Austria.
In Werdenfelser Land rafting as well as kayaking tours are offered. During the trips on the Loisach, you can enjoy the view on the nearby peaks of the Wettersteingebirge - above all the 2962m high Zugspitze, which is the highest mountain in Germany - at all times.