Are you an experienced surfer and looking to be a tad more adventurous than usual when touring Germany? This man made wave called Eisbach is the perfect touch for your wild side.
The Eisbach is an artificial stream that runs through the English Garden, Munich’s largest public park. The surf wave is located at the southern edge of the park, next to the Haus der Kunst.
The wave is about 1 m high and about 12 m wide. The flow velocity is about 5 m per second. The wave has been surfed by river surfers since 1972, and surfing competitions have even been held. Due to the more recent development of playboating, kayakers have only more recently and so far not in great numbers started to surf the wave.
The wave is unstable and can sometimes disappear for months at a time. The instability is due to variations in the amount of water flowing in the river, as well as the build up of silt.
Beginners are extremely discouraged from surfing here. The flow-braking rocks that the stream’s builders set into the concrete of the riverbed are invisible but dangerous.
Munich has a reputation as a surfing hotspot. Local surfers are a popular photo motif and a hit with visitors to the city. Have you visited Eisbach? If so, share your experience in the comments below.