Surfing and wind surfing
The fascination of Eisbach
The waves on the Eisbach river at Munich’s Haus der Kunst art gallery attract surfers and onlookers from around the world. Another spot, at Floßlände, is famous for being the largest, best and most consistent city centre location for river surfing. Those who prefer to brave the wind with their board can enjoy some excellent windsurfing opportunities in the area around Munich.
You can often find a crowd of excited spectators thronged on Prinzregentstrasse. They stand along the railing of the small bridge located directly in front of the Haus der Kunst gallery or hang about on the banks of the Eisbach between the trees in the Englischer Garten (English Garden). They’re all drawn here by a popular Munich attraction: the “Eisbachwelle,” or the waves on the Eisbach river. It is Munich’s most famous standing wave. This is where Munich’s surfer scene congregates – all year round. Although it was illegal to surf the waves of the Eisbach until just a few years ago, it is now legal following an exchange of land between the City of Munich and the State of Bavaria. Only professional surfers should attempt to ride the waves as the spot is not easy nor without risk and is unsuitable for beginners. Swimming and bathing are not permitted here.