Surfing in Munich

26 Dec

There is a large park in the center of Munich, Germany known as the Englisher Garten. The park stretches from the city center to the northeastern city limits. The Englisher Garten is one of the world’s largest urban public parks with an area of 3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi), which is larger than New York’s Central Park but smaller than London’s Richmond Park. The park’s name refers to the style of gardening; the term English garden is used outside of the English speaking world to refer to the style of informal landscape gardening which was popular in the United Kingdom from the mid 18th century to the early 19th century, and is particularly associated with the landscape architect, Capability Brown.

Of all the great things housed within the borders of the park, there is one thing that particulatly jumps out to me. Munich citizens, and travelers alike, are able to surf in this land-locked park. Just past a bridge near the Haus der Kunst art museum, the river forms a standing waves about 1 metre high, which is a popular river surfing spot. The water is cold and shallow (sometimes only 40 cm deep), making it suitable only for experienced surfers.  The wave has been surfed by river surfers since 1972, and surfing competitions have even been held. Check out this recent film of some locals catching waves in the dead of winter! Enjoy!

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