Surf’s Up in Munich Airport
By Helen Zook
We already know that Munich International Airport is one of the best for a long layover—and now it's even better, thanks to “Surf & Style,” an indoor wave-riding pool located between Terminals 1 and 2.
Through August 24, the 2,200-square-foot standing wave pool is open daily from 3:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Access to the area is free—and that includes the loaner surfboards and wetsuits. Ten people at a time are admitted to the pool in 45-minute windows, and advance online registration is required. Those who’d rather grab a seat at the beach bar can walk right in.
Beginner slots are available from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., when a support bar will be put in place. Meanwhile, aspiring Kelly Slaters (above the age of eight) can pay $20 for a three-day surfing camp. Jan Vogt, winner of the 2013 Slovak Open Riversmash Contest, and other well-known members of the regional surf scene serve as instructors. The cost includes admission to the basin, professional supervision, and fresh fruit and beverages. For out-of-towners, the Kempinski Hotel Airport Munich is conveniently located between the two terminals.
On August 9 and 10, Munich’s “urban surfers”—who hone their skills in the landlocked city’s Eisbach river—will take over the pool for the European championship in stationary wave riding. The public can watch the international river surfing elite vie for a $13,000 prize from the grandstand or viewing area complete with palm trees, lounge chairs, and a cocktail bar—a slice of Maui in the land of lederhosen.
Helen Zook is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.