Though Germany’s football team might be well known, Munich has more of a reputation for maß lifting than sports. But appearances can be deceptive: as well as being just an hour or two from the Alps where you can go skiing, paragliding, or rock climbing, there’s also a whole host of sports you can try in Munich. From underwater hockey to roller derby, here are seven of the most unusual. Let’s exploce Top The Unusual Sports to Try in Munich below.
Top The Unusual Sports to Try in Munich
Yes, you read that correctly. To compete in this rapid underwater game you’ll need a snorkel, a 30 cm stick, and some fins guys, be prepared to dust off your speedos as well! Much like ice hockey, players have assigned defending or attacking positions marked by the colour of their swimming cap and continually switch with a so called “flying change” depending on where the weighted puck is.
Underwater, however, players can’t call out to one another, so teams need to be in sync and anticipate when other players will need to come up for air. Munich takes this sport pretty seriously with a dedicated club, the Munich Marlins.
We love to bike! A bicycle is not only a piece of sports equipment, but also a perfect means to get from A to B. You can rent bikes at several places throughout the city. Some of our nicest beer gardens like Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe can best be reached via bike. We also used to have a very popular Six Days Track Cycling Event, that unfortunately has been canceled due to the doping issues a few years back.
Hiking is a favorite sports in MunichProbably every person in Munich (except my husband) loves to hike in the nearby mountains. Standing on the summit and looking down at the spectacular panorama is just that pinch of freedom that every city person so longs for. The day trip to Andechs is something everyone will enjoy and is easy enough even for kids. This is once of Top The Unusual Sports to Try in Munich.
This traditional Gaelic game is alive and well in the city, thanks to a group of Irish expats who started playing in the Englisch Garten in 2001 and formed the Munich Colmcilles. The game has elements that are similar to rugby, basketball, and hockey.
Players use a wooden stick called a hurley to dribble by bouncing the sliotar (a small ball) on the stick, with the aim of hitting it into the goal for three points, or between the rugby style posts for one point. You’re also allowed to hold the ball for a maximum of four steps.
Fast, furious and strangely addictive to watch, roller derby sees teams of women battle to score points by racing around a track on roller skates. This is not a sport for wimps: it’s full contact as each team’s “jammer” tries to fight their way through the opposition’s “blockers” in an attempt to score.
More than a sport it has its very own culture with players adopting a roller derby name, such as “Germanatrix” and “Pina Collider”, and even taking a derby wife. You’ll find the Munich Rolling Rebels and Municorns fighting regular bouts against international teams.
This sport is becoming increasingly popular around the world, and Munich is no exception. The boat itself is similar to a canoe, but longer and wider to accommodate the 16 rowers and a drummer who dictates the pace.
With just one oar each, paddlers must pick sides, often ending up with one very muscly shoulder as a result. Each year, Munich hosts the Alpenland Drachenboot Cup at Lake Chiemsee where local teams, such as the Bavarian Kongs, fight it out to be the quickest and take home the prize.
The edge of the Englisch Garten opposite Bruderstrasse is home to one of Munich’s favourite and most unlikely pastimes surfing. As water thunders out from beneath a small bridge, lines of surfers wait patiently on either side of the bank for their turn.
Surfers need to jump off the bank and onto their board, as well as making sharp turns to avoid the river walls that’s why you’ll find Munich surf shops selling small boards with kevlar protected edges. Even in Munich’s bitter winters you’ll find people tackling the waves, and Eisbachwelle is strangely mesmerising.