Spot check: Munich, Germany
Eye of the beholder
Skate spots in Munich abound if you know where -- and how -- to look. From October to April, for example, an empty kids' outdoor swimming pool in Nadisee, situated in the Olympic Park, turns into an unofficial skatepark. Fabian Lang takes advantage with a frontside flip.
Maxi Fuchs, pop shoveit
The grassy Laim gap bridges one parking level to another.
Conny Mirbach, backside nosegrind
A quite perfect low-to-high ledge in the middle of the Olympic Village. Unfortunately it's a real bust, since most of the residents don't like skateboarders, but no risk, no reward, right?
Patrick Zingerle, step-off ollie
The Arabellapark is a unique spot made of bricks. Unfortunately you have to ollie the bank, so you lose a lot of speed, but it's still one of Munich's best-rated spots.
Fabian Lang, switch frontside feeble
The curb at Maillingerstrasse can be skated from both the inside and outside. It's close to the U-Bahn station of the same name.
Kilian Heuberger, switch kickflip
Petuelring's probably the best-known indoor spot in Munich. This 11-stair flight has a perfect run-up and landing, though it's quite hard to skate, as the floor is slippery and the ceiling's low enough that it seems like you're going to hit your head.
Sebastian Kempf backside crooked grinds the Hansastrasse rail in front of a very photogenic wall.
Lea Schairer ollies the street gap in front of Munich's crematorium.
Patrick Zingerle, frontside 180 ollie
Raise a glass: This 10-stair flight is located right in front of Munich-based brewing company Lwenbru.
Lea Schairer, gap to tailslide
Schwanthaler Hoehe used to be the meeting point in Munich. It's a curb spot legendary for its endless lines. Unfortunately, you're not allowed to skate here anymore due to residents complaining about the noise.
Tommy Brandelik, bomb drop
The Giesing bank's really high and narrow. The ground is very rough, but it remains one of the very few skateable banks in Munich.