If You Like to Surf, Munich Is the Town for YouTHE BAVARIAN METROPOLIS IS AN IDEAL PLACE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PRACTICE ALL KINDS OF SPORTS, EVEN THE MOST UNUSUAL IN THESE LATITUDES, AS EXPLAINED BY ALUMNA FRANCESCA DE SALVO WHO HAS LIVED AND WORKED HERE SINCE 2013
Munich is known around the world for beer, sausages and Oktoberfest, but not for surfing. The latter is one of the most curious aspects of the Bavarian city. This is not an urban legend, but a trend that has won over many young people in the city. Every year, with the arrival of the spring, the Englischer Garten attracts sports fanatics of all kinds: there are running devotees, cycling enthusiasts, and also those who come to surf. Located in the city’s north-west, the green area is traversed by the river Isar which flowing through the park with all its force creates a series of currents, rapids and jumps, thus offering ideal conditions for people who want to have fun on the board. Nobody is here waiting for the wave of the century, because it will never come; many get to the park just to have a good time on a Sunday.
Munich is a green city and Munichers are athletes in their DNAs: in their free time, almost everyone devotes serious effort to some sport. Perhaps this is because Bavarians were originally mountaineers and that propensity for physical exertion is still very much alive. Another favorite weekend destination is the Olympia Park, the large park north of the city which hosts the facilities of the 1972 Olympic Games. There you can practice all sorts of sports, including swimming and hockey, since pools and rinks are still in working order. This place mainly attracts families with children who go to the aquarium or climb the stairs of the Olympia Tower, which offers a spectacular 190-meter high view of the city. The green districts around the urban perimeter are much sought after by Munich’s inhabitants, while downtown almost exclusively caters to the international community of expats arriving in the city to work in research institutions or attend prestigious universities such as TUM, Technische Universität München. Returning to Munich’s suburbia, Aubing, with its garden homes where it’s not uncommon to see horses grazing, and Gräfelfing, the wealthiest area of the city, both to the city’s east, are the neighborhoods of those who made it. The beauty of Gräfelfing's residences is reminiscent of enchanted places, but those who want the true fairytale experience must go to Füssen and visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, which inspired Walt Disney for the manor of Sleeping Beauty.
Francesca De Salvo has lived in Monaco since 2013. She works as Tax & Treasury Director for Diaverum Group, a corporation specialized in dialysis treatment and transplant clinics. For Diaverum, she manages liquidity, which means optimizing the use of the parent company's credit lines, investing funds, and supporting subsidiaries through intra-group loans. She also deals with banks on issues of cash management, credit lines and guarantees, and assists the M&A team in structuring acquisition operations. Francesca holds a Bocconi graduate degree in Finance and a Bocconi undergraduate degree in Public Administration.
by Francesca De Salvo
Translated by Alex Foti