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Old 09-22-2011   #1
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Bavarian Sweep Boats

In former times, the Isar river in Bavaria was used to transport timber from the alps to the cities downriver (Munich, Landshut and others), but that ended with the invention of the railroad. Also, the Isar river was dammed to be able to build power plants. Nowadays, there is only rafting for fun on a 25 km long portion of the river. The rafts are basically floating beer gardens, including a band and a camping toilet (the logs are re-used for rafting). To let the rafts pass by the power plants, raft ramps were built. This one is the longest in Europe, 345 meters long and 17 meters high, with the incline starting at 9%, then 7%, then 5%. The rafts reach up to 40 km/h when going down. You can also go on the river (in this case, on the canal) by rubber boat or kayak, but the power plant people won't let you ride down the ramp (they control the water flow and the entry gate). --- Die Floßrutsche am Kraftwerk Mühltal (bei Straßlach, unten gibt's das empfehlenswerte Gasthaus zur Mühle) und darauf ein Floß. Viel Spaß!

Looks like one of them "puncture proof" rafts, must be a Saturn....

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Old 09-22-2011   #2
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Who says Germans don't know how to have fun?

BTW - that looks like a champion squirt spot off the left side of the end of the ramp.

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That is awesome! Bavaria = amazing chocolate, beer and raft ramps... why would they ever want to leave the country?
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And its a self bailer!
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we don't need no stinking life jackets...
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