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Eisbach Swimming

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++ First of all, an important note: swimming in the Eisbach is dangerous and prohibited. Currently it's only tolerated by local authorities. If you do decide to jump into the ice-cold water, you can use the following tips to better assess the dangers ++

Among experienced locals a popular way to cool off on a hot summer day is to swim down the rapids of the Eisbach, a man-made river that flows through Englischer Garten. People start their ride at the surf spot close to Haus der Kunst and swim down the river until arriving at the second wave, which is called E2. At this spot swimmers can get out on the left side of the canal just before the wave. Here there is a steel cable across the canal that you can hold onto to pull yourself to the exit on the left side of the river. If swimmers decide to dive through the wave and past the surfers (they always have to make sure the surfers notice them) they can keep on floating downstream until they reach Tivoli Bridge (about 250 meters downstream). This is where swimmers NEED to get out of the river, because there is a dangerous waterfall only a few meters downstream, where getting out is almost impossible. At Tivoli Bridge they can use one of the ladders on the left side. From here they can walk back along the river to Haus der Kunst.

If you decide to swim down the Eisbach please bear in mind, that the current is very strong and floating down the ice-cold river requires excellent swimming skills! Also be aware, that at the bottom of the river there may be objects scattered around (such as broken bottles) which can hurt your feet. Try not to touch the ground or maybe even wear old sneakers to protect your feet. If you're in doubt, walk down the river first and check out the route and exit spots.

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