Surfing and wind surfing

Surfer am Eisbach

The fascination of Eisbach

Surferin auf der Eisbachwelle, Foto: / Benedikt Feiten
Foto: / Benedikt Feiten

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.

Surfing at Floßlände

Surfer an der Floßlände, Foto: / Katy Spichal
Foto: / Katy Spichal
Another hidden gem of urban surfing is located at Floßlände, a short distance outside of Munich’s city center, is where the Isar rafts from Wolfratshausen would dock and is not far from the Maria Einsiedel natural pool. The wave at Floßlände is frequented by surfers who prefer a quieter spot than the bustle and showmanship of the Eisbachwelle. For technical reasons, the wave can only be surfed at certain times during the season: from May until September 15 from 2 pm to 8 pm; in June until 7 pm; and from 3 pm to 6 pm from September 16 and October 2.

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