By Cacinda Maloney
Da-Bach-na-Fahrt Raft Race, going “Wild on the Water!”
For Carnival, there is another major event in Schramberg, Germany other than the parade that is not located on the streets, but instead located on the river. It is tub rafting called the Da-Bach-na-Fahrt Raft Race, literally going “wild on water”. Wobbly constructed, homemade rafts maneuver the best way they know how down a tiny waterfall, then down the river, as the decorated crowd of 25,000 cheer with craziness and the band plays on.
Three weeks before the start of the race, 80 contestants are chosen by the Fools Guild to pilot the 40 tubs in the race. Each tub is decorated with material provided by the guild. Each rider tries to navigate itself down the 600 yard stretch of the icy Schiltach River. Many make it one piece, but most have varying degrees of success to pure failure (and fun for the crowds).
I have never experienced anything quite like my time spent in Schramberg, so if you are ever in Germany during Carnival season, it is the place to be to join in German tradition.
Know when to go …
When: The big days in Schramberg are Sunday, for the Hanselsprung (2:30 pm) and Monday for the Katzenmusiken (10 am), the Bach-Na-Fahrer parade (11 am), the Da-Bach-Na-Fahrt (1 pm) and the big parade at 2:30 pm. Check the internet for the actual days in February they will have it.
Getting there: The closest airport to fly into would be Stuttgart, Germany. Take the Autobahn 81 south, then follow Highway B462 West past Dunningen and Sulgen to Schramberg.
Read about the Carnival parade I attended earlier that day in Schramberg.
Disclosure: My trip to Schramberg was a sponsored trip by the German National Tourism Board, however, the giggles, laughs and fun I had was all my own doing (with the help of the Fools, of course!).
To read more about Germany’s Black Forest:
“#JoinGermanTradition: Carnival Craze in Rottweil & Schramberg”
- “Carnival: Enchanting Creatures Lurking in the Black Forest”
- “Carnival: Enchanting Creatures Lurking in the Black Forest” Part 2
- “Carneval en Allemagne: 15 Photos de Schramberg“
- “Rottweil Fasnet 2015 – YouTube Video“
- “Making Time: The Cuckoo Clock Tradition“
- “Black Forest, Germany’s Traditional Bollenhut Hat“
- “Panun Matkat: Schwarzwald“