"Isar" Isar River Tip by iandsmith
Isar River, Munich: 15 reviews and 32 photos
In the land of Germany, I feel confident in suggesting that this is not its most famous river.
The Isar, fed by the melted snows and rushing water from the Alps, serves as a major attraction for both visitors and the local inhabitants. Of course, that's in the warmer months! This city treasure offers fishing, if you can afford the exorbitant licence fee, rafting, sunbathing, and kilometres of winding shorelines, at times attractive.
A word of warning - don't be scared or shocked when seeing somebody in their birthday suit: the liberal Bavarian mentality grants nudists their place by the river and they have taken this for granted since the 1960s. I mean, in an area where they also wear lederhausen, you have to expect different attitudes!
Perhaps the most recognised stretch of the Isar River, the Eisbach, runs directly through the "Englischer Garten". Here it is thoroughly enjoyed by bikers, swimmers, lots of happy dogs, and passers-by.
The Isar also presents an ideal atmosphere for picnicking or just sipping on a beer, local brew of course, along its shoreline. BBQs are also allowed at selected locations, and when the weather is pleasant, crowds emerge to enjoy this body of water.
Frankly, I was raised near to beaches and spoilt rotten for this sort of thing so I was less than enthusiastic at the prospect of bathing in what is just an average stream.
Directions: Flows precisely through Munich
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