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I was surprised to see so much green areas,parklands when walking into Munich.The river Isar, Englischer Garten etc has very quiet,peacefull parklands to enjoy.You can find a quiet place and forget you are right in the middle of the city.
Isar River is the fourth largest river in Bavaria (295km in length) and the second most important after the Inn. We walked a bit near the river when we visited Deutsches museum so most pictures you see here were taken near the museum when we crossed some of the bridges to check the view.
Isar drains on the Alps (in the Austrian Karwendel mountain range) and flows into the Danube river bellow Deggendorf. Its name probably comes from the celtic words YS and URA which mean fast water. It was a traditional trade route since ancient times but it was during the Middle Ages when they built bridges, water mills at the banks and open canals to provide the city with freshwater. In 20th century the water has been used for electricity.
There are numerous small islands on the river, most of them get covered by flood during winter months but some of them are protected against the flood, the only island we visited was museumsinsel which houses the huge Deutsches museum. There is a cycle path by the winding shorelines of the river… it wasn’t an option for us in December but I guess it will be great to do it during the warmer months when people go sunbathing, fishing, rafting or swimming in the river (and I’ve heard it’s no surprise to see naked people there!)
The city of Munich is linked with Isar river by 25 bridges
Spent a couple of hours walking along the Isarradweg, a cycle path by the river - here with plenty of room for pedestrians too.
River very fast flowing in places and an interesting walk. Managed to go from Maximilliansbrücke to Ludwigsbrücke and back before an amazing thunderstorm forced us inside.
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.
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Stretching along the east side of the old city center is the Isar river. Here it winds its way around two river islands, the southern one of which holds the magnificent Deutches Museum. Where the islands split the stream the river turns into two different kinds of beasts on either side. On the city side of the islands the water runs fast and deep, but on the far side it becomes runs slow and shallow, with a large amount of space turned over to flat stony beaches. It was amazing to wander along the banks and see people out sunbathing and skinny dipping, in central Europe, in November.
Ahh, the Isar
Going on a Flosfahrt was so much fun. You ride a log raft down the Isar for about 5 or 6 hours. I would start drinking beer as soon as we departed in the morning and would be feeling no pain by the time we docked (from what I can remember)
My son, Joey and I used to ride our bike from the housing area in Perlacher Forest to the Isar, near the Zoo. It was something totally new for me to see "nekkid" women laying around. But I thought, what the hell, so me and my son went swimming nekkid. The water is ice cold. We got out of the water nest to where a German family was grilling.
I wasn't so proud when I got out of that ice cold water and was standing next to a naked German man and his wife who was in the sun shine, grilling. Cold water affects a man!
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Munich's Isar River, which is fed rushing water by the Alps, serves as a major attraction for both visitors and Munich's inhabitants. This city treasure offers fishing, although a licence is neccessary, rafting, sunbathing, and miles of beautiful, winding shorelines. But don't be scared or shocked when seeing somebody in their birthday suit: the Bavarian liberal mentality grants nudists their place by the river and they have taken them for granted since the 1960s.
Perhaps the most recognised stretch of the Isar River, the Eisbach, runs directly through the Englischer Garten. Here it is thoroughly enjoyed by surfers, who are offered a permanent wave at the southern tip of the park, bikers, swimmers, lots of happy dogs, and passers-by.
Bridges over the Isar
The Isar river is spanned by many graceful bridged, adorned by elegant statues and monuments.
The most beautiful ones are Maximiliansbruecke, Ludwigsbruecke, Wittelsbacherbruecke, Reichenbachbruecke and Leopoldbruecke (by the Angel of Peace).
Isar river crose Munich and part it in two ... nearly every tourist places are in the side of the rail station and of the Marianplatz ... but at the other side you can find beautiful things like the beautiful golden Angel of the peace (Friederis angel crosing Ludwigs brucke) ... the Deutche Museum over the river ... or ... a incredible place that looked like a palace of crystal ... that I dont remember or know the name ...
Its beautiful walk along the river at knight ... I did it from Friederis Angel to ... the next bridge after Deutche Museum ... a long way ... but so beautiful ... and magic ...
In summer I can imagen there must be many people at greats green spaces at the sides of the river ...
This gorgeous river is green because of the minerals in the water that make it so pure. It runs off of a glacier and is very clean. The river runs through the English Gardens, which is Munich's 'Central Park' of sorts. Very large and pretty. Many nude people hang out here.
Take a walk on the Isar
The Isar river flows through the city and the inhabitants of Munich love it!
It is an always active place, with people sunbathing, swimming, playing sports, or barbequing. In some places they are even surfing - and all of that right in the middle of the city!
There is lots of space to do those leisurely things, since the whole river is surrounded by green parks and sandbanks.
Also many sights are located on this beautiful green river, like the Deutsches Museum, the Maximilianeum (Bavarian parliament), the Angel of Peace or the "Alpines Museum".
Rafting down the Isar. This is...
Rafting down the Isar. This is summertime activity. Only possible to attend if you live in Munich are booking the place one year in advance. So, this is very popular. The idea is such that first you go by bus to Wolfratshausen (south from Munich), then rafting along the river Isar to Thalkirchen. The raft has band, food and lots of beer. It also has kind-of-toilet. Even if you cannot attend but you have a bike, go see the event! It is really fun and something really unique.
Music, food, beer, good mood, splendid sceneries.
Isar River - Isarauen
The Isar river contributes much to the tranquil athmosphere of Munich. It is most attractive along the stretch that lies between the bridges Luitpoldbrücke, Maximiliansbrücke and Ludwigsbrücke.
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