Eisbach River: how about surfing in Munich? | Photo: Seth Schoen

Located in Western-Central Europe, Germany is a major cultural and historical reference, as well as the seventh largest country in Europe, covering a 357,021 km2 territory.

It has a 3524-kilometer long coastline in the north, bathed by the North and Baltic Seas, and is bordered by Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

The climate is mostly moderate, ranging from continental in the east, with dry, cold winters and very warm summers, to a milder maritime influenced climate in the north and northeast, and mountain climate in the Alpine Regions of the extreme south.

Germany's coastline is 64% sandy beach, 18% artificial, 12 muddy and only 5% protected by soft rock. The humid westerly winds are prevailing, and rainfall occurs in all seasons.

Windsurfing and kiteboarding are very popular water sports in Germany, but surfing has kept a steady community of hardcore fans. Remember that a 4/3 wetsuit is the minimum protection required.

In the Baltic Sea, Pelzerharken, Weibenhauser Strand, Hohwachter Bucht and Damp 2000 are the best German surfing options.

In the North Sea, there are more surf spots to explore in German territory. Buhne 16 Kampen, Kartoffelkiste Wenningstedt, Brandenburger Strand Westland, Samoa Rantum, Norderney and Borkum are great wave peaks in the region.

Germany is also famous for its surfing river wave. In Munich, you can't miss the endless wave ride found at the Eisbach River.

Visit the German Surfing Federation, the German Windsurfing Association, and the German Kitesurf Association.