A long tradition accompanies the rafting in Franconia. Due to favourable conditions with a large forest stand and many watercourses, the timber trade in Franconia has been established by means of water transport since around 1390. Since the Middle Ages, the region has been supplying construction timber to large parts of Europe as far as Amsterdam. For many centuries, rafting has shaped the landscape with weirs, raft ponds and raft ditches. Commercial rafting has not existed in the Franconian Forest since the middle of the 19th century. It was completely replaced by ship and rail transport.
But long-cherished traditions are cultivated in Franconia and so you can enjoy a trip on the raft with one of the local rafting communities.