Eisbach Surfing in Dirndls Lederhosen
Eisbach Surfing in Dirndls Lederhosen - Photo: Joerg Koch/ddp

River surfing
A land-locked city might not be the first place you’d expect to find a killer surf scene, but Munich has it’s very own metre-high standing wave which is a popular spot for surfers. You’ll often find queues of board-carrying thrill-seekers queuing under a bridge at the River Eisbach (in the Englischer Garten (above), just by the Haus der Kunst art museum).

Surfing on the Eisbach in Munich
Surfing on the Eisbach in Munich – munichFOTO

‘Eisbach’ means ice stream, which should give you a clue about the chilly temperature of the water – yes, you’ll need that winter wetsuit. But the cold isn’t all you’ll have to worry about, as the wave is actually a tricky one to surf. A sign nearby warns, “Due to the forceful current, the wave is suitable for skilled and experienced surfers only.”

Ingenious surfers-cum-engineers have used ropes and planks to adapt the break and increase its height, and it’s now also used by kayakers and playboaters, too.

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If you don’t want to wait around for your go, other standing waves can be found at Floßlände (near the Thalkirchen U-Bahn station) and the Isar river (near the bridge Wittelsbacherbrücke).


Roberto Beach in Aschheim
Roberto Beach in Aschheim – munichFOTO

Hitting the beach
Sea-free Munich not only has it own surf scene, but beaches too. One of Munich’s best loved summer traditions is to hang out on one of the city’s man-made stretches of sand.

Beach 38 is an indoors beach in the Ostbahnhof neighbourhood, open year-round. Housed in an old industrial complex, it even has heaters inside to give you that ’I’m really in the tropics’ kind of feel. You can do any and all sand-based activities here from beach sports to lazing around with your friends, drinking.

More upmarket is the also artificial Roberto Beach, next to Aschheim Wasserskipark. This is a scenic spot for water sports and other activities such as beach golf and yoga. There’s also an excellent cocktail bar here.

-courtesy TNT Magazine