The Eisbach River Wave In Munich, Germany

Aug 18, 2014

Category: Living

“The Wave of Munich” sounds like some kind of dangerous punk rock band, but no, this is an actual wave in the heart of Germany that lures surfers from all around. And yes, your geography is correct; Munich has no coast.

The Eisbach is the city’s somewhat famous river wave; a phenomenon caused by water that comes gushing in from under the bridge into a 39-foot-wide channel and is then caromed off right-angled concrete walls. Some man-made assistance in the form of concrete bollards and a system of ropes, pulleys and stopper planks forces the water to crest, yielding the best waves you’ll ever find next to a four-lane highway. There’s no forward motion to the water, but there’s also no sharks, so…

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