Located at the southern end of the Englischer Garten park, it is one of the few places in Europe where you can find consistent waves throughout the year.
The Eisbach was created by accident when engineers constructed a dam to divert water from the Isar River into an artificial canal back in 1972. The resulting standing wave has been used by local surfers since 1975, and its popularity has grown ever since. It’s now considered to be one of the most famous urban surfing spots in all of Europe.
Surfing on this wave requires skill and experience as it’s quite powerful; due to strong currents and eddies caused by water flowing over rocks beneath the surface, even experienced riders have come off worse for wear after riding here. That said, many people are drawn to this spot because of its challenging nature – if you’re up for a challenge, then there’s no better place than The Eisbach Wave.
Despite being illegal until 2010 (due to safety concerns), today The Eisbach Wave is regulated with strict rules enforced by lifeguards who patrol during peak times between April and October each year. This ensures everyone stays safe while still enjoying what makes this location so special: adrenaline-filled rides down some serious rapids.
For those looking for something more relaxed than full-on surfing, there are plenty of other activities available around The Eisbach Wave too; take a leisurely stroll through Englischer Garten or enjoy some refreshments at nearby cafés or beer gardens before heading out onto your board.