The Isar River
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.
The Isar also presents an ideal atmosphere for picnicking or just sipping on a beer along its shoreline. BBQs are also allowed at selected locations and when the weather is pleasant, crowds emerge to take in the perfect setting. More information (in german)