The Eisbach (German for "ice brook") is a small, two kilometer long, manmade river in Munich. It flows through the park known as the Englischer Garten, and is a side arm of the Isar River. A manmade wave has been created on one section.
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I've never seen anything like this before! It's similar to the surfing simulators that you would find on a cruise ship or a water park. There were about a dozen surfers (6 on each side) that would trade off back and forth to surf the wave. I stood there for 10 or 15 minutes in the shade observing. It was about 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the water felt good to the touch. It was really exciting to watch. There's a level of danger with the activity as a surfer could fall and hit their head on the riverbank but it seems like that doesn't happen. You can jump in the river right after this and float down in the water. A lot of people were in swimtrunks doing it on the hot day. The river moves quickly but is only 4ft deep or so. The water is pretty clean too. There's another surfing spot downstream about 2km. I think it is where the beginners start as there are not as many spectators watching them fall quite often.
How cool is it that serious surfers can catch a wave right in the middle of Munich. For photographers the best perspectives -- depending on light and time of day is from down low next to the bridge. But be carefull: you'll get a little wet from the spray and my daughter once saw an overly eager photographer fall in to the extremely swift current.
This wave has been surfed since the early 70s. It is a fun place to sit and watch river surfing year round. It is not the place it learn how to surf a river. This wave is fast and dangerous. Even if you have been surfing on the ocean for 20 years this is not the wave to learn. River surfing is a totally different sport and you can get really hurt. There is a great beginner wave about a 5 minute walk down the river.
It's so fun to watch the surfers do their thing. I've heard the water is freezing! There is space on the bank to sit and watch. You could even bring a picnic. Dogs are welcome to watch too. When the surfers crash they get swept away quickly, because the water is so fast!!!
Best experience in Munchen! If you can spare one hour, and don't mind the possibility of getting some scratches, I highly encourage you to jump in the fast stream and let it carry you for a few minutes. It's so fast that I found it difficult to catch on to something on the edge and exit. It's easiest to enter at the bend of the stream, and exit by holding on to some rope and rails, 200m or so downstream.
Fun to see the (usually pretty impressive) surfing skills on display. Throughout the day there can be a dozen or more surfers taking turns at the artificial waves created by a "bump" in the small Eisbach river. Many surfers last about just 20-30 seconds, but the steady stream of them makes for an interesting side trip in town.
A stunning accidental find in the heart of Munich. We walked into the English garden, headed for the river and noticed something moving through the trees. Upon investigation it turned out to be people surfing on a standing wave of water as it emeges from under a low bridge. What a fun find and the surfers seem to want to perform for the crowd.