Surfing in the city? You can do it at the English Garden, in the center of Munich. One of the largest urban parks in the world is also known for Surf!

Have you ever thought you could surf without moving from the city center of Munich? Yes, that’s right, in any season it’s possible! Walking through the beautiful pedestrian streets of downtown Munich, among elegant shops and restaurants, you might meet a girl with a surfboard under her arm and flip-flops on her feet. If curiously, you decided to follow it, you would arrive at the English Garden. One of the World’s largest parks is a free attraction not to be missed in Munich. A green destination, relaxing and very popular with the inhabitants of the city. In short, a place where you can live “like a local” and experience the authentic essence of Munich.

Map of the Englischer Garten in Munich
Map of the Englischer Garten in Munich

With its 3.75 km of greenery, the Englischer Garten is one of the largest urban parks in the world, even bigger than Central Park in New York. In the northeast corner of the beautiful park, designed in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson, you will meet young surfers who have just emerged from the cool, crystal-clear water of Eisbach (Isar).

The point of the river near Prinzregentenstraße attracts many surfers, who in turn challenge each other in facing the waves and the strong currents of the Eisbach.

Surf at the English Garden in Munich

The river, which runs through the park, creating pleasant urban beaches, at that point offers all surf lovers the chance to ride a perfect wave. It is a wave that is always “ready” to surf: you don’t need to wait for it as it is in the ocean. One by one, surfing enthusiasts ride it doing various stunts and then diving into the canal.

White temple in the Englischer Garten in Munken
Photo by Sven Mieke on Unsplash

The Englisher Garten is an enchanted park, where you can do lots of things. Lying in the sun, taking a bath, admiring ducks, or fish swimming in crystal clear waters, visiting historic buildings, playing sports, relaxing in playgrounds, enjoying a local beer, or a vegan dish at the Fräulein Grüneis … Who would have never thought, in the Englisher Garten you can even surf!

Author: Silvia Ombellini

I am an architect with a passion for travel. I think it is urgent to be able to live in harmony with the ecosystem we are part of. After the birth of my second baby, Leo, I began to work at Ecobnb, an adventure undertaken to change the way we travel, to make it more sustainable, respectful of the environment, places and people.
More posts by Silvia Ombellini →

This entry was posted in curiosity and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.