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The source of the river Isar

From a safe source: The Isar is a tirolean

It' s journey is as long as it is turbulent, as eventful as exciting. It starts at an altitude of 1162 metres and on its European journey every drop of water only needs three days until it flows into the Black Sea. The Isar, Bavaria's fourth largest river, learns Tyrolean on its first 22 kilometres. In the Karwendel Mountains, just behind the Austrian border on the high plateau of the Olympiaregion Seefeld, the clear water gushes from three springs. It is a tranquil cradle at the foot of impressive peaks.

The origin of the Isar is located in the municipality of Scharnitz in Tyrol, surrounded by the mighty Karwendel mountain massif. Today, the river is still part of the culture and history of the Alpine region. The route to the origin of the Isar, also known as "by the rivers", can be travelled from Scharnitz by foot, bike or e-bike. The crystal clear, blue water accompanies visitors through the impressive Hinterautal valley. At the source of the Isar, there are numerous water exit points that flow all year round. New information boards, a beautiful resting place and a natural path leading directly to the first springs characterise this scientific jewel.

A short distance further ahead, the cosy and original Kastenalm invites you to have a snack, framed by magnificent maple trees. Beside families and sports enthusiasts, also photographers find their way into the unspoiled valley to capture the natural spectacle with their cameras. In the Karwendel area you will find relaxation and a variety of fauna and flora. The upper Isar is also a well-known route for canoeists and paddlers. The excellent quality of the water and the beautiful landscape lure you to take a break in the heart of the Alps.

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Tours to the source of the river Isar