Berlin flexes its muscles
Berlin residents are a sporty lot – whether they’re Roller-blading, jogging, climbing or playing golf. They don’t have much choice given the huge variety of recreational offerings in the city and its surroundings. Berlin’s sports association has about 2,000 clubs and they have more than 500,000 members who take part in fitness activities all year round.
Sports addresses in Berlin
This beach oasis summer camp offers beach volleyball players everything they could wish for, with 25 open air beach volleyball courts open from May to September.
›› Kreuzberg, Möckern Str. 44, Tel. 01 77/2 32 24 61, www.beach61.de
The BeachCenter’s outdoor area is only open in summer. It has 54 courts, floodlights, tiered seating and a beer garden. Many tournaments of all levels are held every year. In addition to beach volleyball, there’s also beach handball and beach soccer.
›› Mitte, Caroline-Michaelis-Str./Ecke Julie-Wolfthorn-Str., Tel. 0177/2 80 68 61, www.beachmitte.de
City Beach Berlin
Center with three beach volleyball courts, beach bar, tournaments, nine outdoor courts in the summer, regular barbecue evenings.
›› Beachhalle: Friedrichshain, Michelangelostr./Ecke Hanns-Eisler-Straße
›› Sommergelände/summer courts, Friedrichshain, Kniprodestr./Ecke Danziger Str.
Tel. 0177/2 47 69 07, Büro Tel. 4 44 21 22, www.city-beach-berlin.de
A 2,600 sq m center with seven indoor courts with heated sand and three outdoor courts with a beach terrace. Also offers beach soccer and handball and unusual beach sports such as footvolley and beachminton. Also has a sauna, regular courses and tournaments and four event rooms with a beach lounge.
›› Reinickendorf, Königshorster Str. 11-13, Tel. 41 40 88 88, www.beachberlin.de
At 18.7 m, Der Kegel is Berlin’s highest outdoor climbing tower; boulder course, 850 sq m of climbing area, various degrees of difficulty.
›› Friedrichshain, Revaler Str. 99, Tel. 66 76 68 37, www.derkegel.de
Kletteranlagen des DAV
The Berlin branch of the Deutscher Alpenverein (German Alpine Association) operates three climbing facilities in Berlin. Two additional facilities are reserved for DAV members.
›› Indoor-Kletterhalle, bis zu 12,5 m hoch, Dahlem, Hüttenweg 42, Tel. 251 09 43
›› Outdoor-Kletterturm am Teufelsberg, bis zu 9,80 m hoch, Wannsee
An der Teufelsseechaussee, Tel. 251 09 43
›› Outdoor-Kletterwand am Humboldthain, bis in 15 m Höhe, Wedding
von der Brunnenstraße ca. 300 m bis zum Bunker, Tel. 0179/ 721 52 72
›› Kirchbachspitze, Outdoor-Kletterturm, 12,5 m hoch, Schöneberg, Alvenslebenstr.
Tel. 0 33 22/42 78 35
›› Mercedes-Welt, Indoor, bis zu 15 m hoch, Charlottenburg, Salzufer 1-10
Indoor and outdoor climbing walls on 2,500 sq m, up to 16 m high. Walls for beginners and experts, classes, try-out lessons, beer garden, gym and spa area.
›› Wedding, Böttger Str. 20-26, Tel. 88 71 57 90, www.magicmountain.de
Germany’s first high ropes course invites potential summiteers to a very special climbing experience. The 15-m high, hexagon-shaped former steel construction has three levels and six courses, with over 80 climbing stations.
›› Mitte, Caroline-Michaelis-Str. 8, Tel. 55 57 78 922, www.mountmitte.de
Climbing fans can enjoy their sport to the full here over 1,000 sq m. A special color scheme enables beginners and experts to quickly find a suitable challenge. Highlight is the 50-m long Henkeltraverse, which is a challenge even for experienced cliff-hangers.
›› Lichtenberg, Haupt Str. 13, Tel. 55 49 94 22, www.ostbloc.de
18-m artificial wall, offering more than 200 climbing routes. Try-out and children’s climbing, body-building room, sauna and bistro. The new 300-m boulder area offers quite a few climbers tricky challenges.
›› Neukölln, Thiemann Str. 1 (Tor 4), Tel. 68 08 98 64, www.t-hall.de
ADFC Berlin e.V.
In Berlin you can cycle on extensive routes through woods or parks, along rivers and canals. The ADFC (German Cyclists Association) has detailed maps that can be downloaded from the Web site. It organizes cycle tours, has a self-service workshop and offers many additional services.
›› Mitte, Brunnen Str. 28, Tel. 4 48 47 24, www.adfc-berlin.de
Call a bike
Deutsche Bahn rental cycles are parked all over the city. If you want to rent a bike, call the hotline and you’ll be given the code that opens the lock. One minute costs 8 cents, 24 hours is € 12 (with BahnCard € 9 Euro). Winter break mid-December to mid-March.
›› Service-Hotline: 0 70 00/5 22 55 22, www.callabike.de
Mountain Bike Verein Berlin
Regular training, races and weekend tours in the Berlin region.
›› Britz, Am Irissee 4, 0172/ 3 97 77 76, www.mtb-verein-berlin.de
Ballett Centrum & Berliner Musikschule
Ballet, standard and Latin, jazz dance, tap dance, modern dance, street dance, acrobatics and musical training.
›› Charlottenburg, Kurfürstendamm 207-208, Tel. 8 83 11 75
All sorts of dancing courses and workshops: acrobatics, ballet, street dancing, modern, Pilates and children’s dancing.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Kastanienallee 79, Tel. 4 48 12 22, www.dock11-berlin.de
Jazz, street dance, modern, contemporary, contact improv, Latin fusion, African salsa, African free dance, ballet, dancing and ballet for children, yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais method and much more.
›› Kreuzberg, Möckern Str. 68, Tel. 7 86 58 61
›› Wedding, Ufer Str. 23, Tel. 7 86 58 61
Tanzschule Academia Jangada
Afro-Brazilian Capoeira and dancing, samba and children´s courses.
›› Mitte, Tor Str. 109, Tel. 4 49 57 38, www.capoeira-angola.de
Well-known Berlin dance studio offering classes for all age groups and from beginners to dancers who are ready to step out on the stage.
›› Kreuzberg, Mehringdamm 33, Tel. 44 01 07 11, www.tapatoe.de
Challenging 330-m racing course with real racing asphalt, computerized scoring and timing, large display screens.
›› Wittenau, Mirau Str. 62-66, Tel. 43 56 68 41, www.kartland.de
Kart-World & Freizeitpark
400-m racetrack with lots of chicanes, and also slopes, bridge, tunnel, 72-m straight and time measurement on large display.
›› Spandau, Am Juliusturm 15-29, Tel. 35 49 31 00, www.kart-world-berlin.de
Large practice course and challenging 3-hole course near the Wilkendorf Castle, plus large driving range.
›› I-D5, 15345 Altlandsberg GT Wilkendorf, Prötzeler Str. 1, Tel. 03 341/3 30 910, www.golfakademie-wilkendorf.de
227 holes in attractive surroundings. 18-hole championship course plus 9-hole practice course.
›› I-D2, 14641 Börnicke bei Nauen, Am Kallin 1, Tel. 03 32 30/89 40, www.golf-kallin.de
Golfclub Stolper Heide
High-class 36-hole course near Berlin, designed in part by golf legend Bernhard Langer. It now has more than 1,100 members and 14,000 green-fee guests.
›› I-D3, 16540 Hohen Neuendorf, Am Golfplatz 2, Tel. 03303/54 92 14
A city center all-weather driving range with a golf outlet store, golf school (including a swing robot) and a beach bar, between the Ku’damm and Avus car-racing spectactor stands.
›› Westend, Cordes Str. 3, Tel. 32 60 32 50, www.golfersfriend.de
On the 27-hole Scottish-style golf course, the focus is on innovation. Also one of Germany’s most challenging courses.
›› I-D4, 16348 Prenden, Waldweg 3, Tel. 03 33 96/7 79-0, www.golfclub-prenden.de
Nationwide chain of golf courses whose Berlin branch is an extensive range of 9 courses. Its focus is on affordable, accessible golf. Members can use the neighboring 18-hole course.
›› I-F3, 14979 Großbeeren, Am Golfplatz 1, Tel. 033701/3 28 90, www.golfrange.de
Golf Resort Semlin am See
Exclusive golfing resort with attractive 27-hole playing area, a 9-hole
›› I-D1, 14712 Semlin, Ferchesarer Str. 8b, Tel. 0 33 85/55 44 10
Golf- und Country Club Seddiner See
Attractive golf course with two 18-hole championship courses, plus practice areas and a driving range. For beginners and pros.
›› I-F3, 14552 Michendorf, Zum Weiher 44, Tel. 03 32 05/ 73 20, www.gccseddinersee.de
Golf- und Land-Club Berlin-Wannsee
One of Germany’s oldest golf clubs is also one of the largest and most renowned. It has 27 holes, driving range.
›› I-E3, Wannsee, Golfweg 22, Tel. 8 06 70 60, www.glcbw.de
Eisbahn nhow Hotel
Berlin’s most far out ice skating rink can be found on the roof of the nhow Hotel. It’s a dream in pink over 400 sq m with a breathtaking view of the Spree and is open to non hotel guests. Skate hire is included in the admission price.
›› Friedrichshain, Stralauer Allee 3, Tel. 290 299-0, www.nhow-hotel.com
Beginners and experts have plenty of room on this covered 1,800 sq m rink. Ice hockey and ice curling fans can also enjoy their sports.
›› Spandau, Hohenzollernring 64, Tel. 23 63 38 33, www.eisbahn-spandau.de
Horst Dohm Eisstadion
Berlin’s biggest ice rink covers 6,170 sq m, along with a 400-m speed skating track. Also offers skate hire and sharpening service. Winter season is from the beginning of October to the end of February.
›› Wilmersdorf, Fritz-Wildung-Str. 9, Tel. 8 24 10 12, www.horst-dohm-eisstadion.de
When the weather is bad, soccer enthusiasts can still play on 3 indoor soccer pitches. Large range of other sports possibilities including archery, tennis, squash and dancing.
›› Wilmersdorf, Brandenburgische Str. 53, Tel. 8 73 90 97, www.citysports-berlin.com
Offers 4 soccer pitches equipped with the most modern artificial turf that’s guaranteed to be joint-friendly and shock-absorbing.
›› Märkisches Viertel, Treuenbrietzener Str. 36, Tel. 415 30-11 & -12, www.fussballwelt-nord.de
You can play here every day on six 30 x 15 m artificial pitches. Also live broadcasts of all Hertha Berlin games.
›› Marienfelde, Richard-Tauber-Damm 36, Tel. 7 42 10 91, www.soccer-world.com
Offers newcomers to Berlin a chance to get to know the city and also get fit through a combination of sightseeing and exercise. Also organizes special runs during which even established Berliners will discover something new.
›› Tel. 53 06 68 66, www.mikes-sightrunning.de
Walkers and runners meet at the Siegessäule on Saturday at 2 pm and run for about 90 minutes between Hofjägerallee and Straße des 17. Juni, special events for kids. Free, no reservations required, newcomers are welcome at any time.
The promoter of the Berlin Marathon and many other races such as the Cross Run and the New Year’s Eve Run offers all kinds of information on running in Berlin on this Web site including health care, the most beautiful running stretches and major meeting points for routes and walkers. Large Internet forum.
Jachtschule Paul & Peter
Here you can obtain a license for motor or sailboats, for inland waters, the sea or the coast, try-out, weekend and holiday classes.
›› Kreuzberg, Böckh Str. 49, Tel. 6 9 50 78 73, www.paulundpeter.de
Courses for a motor or sailing license, for inland waters, the sea or the coast, radio certificate, skipper training. Sailing for kids, private water station, regattas.
›› Schulungsräume: Kreuzberg, Oranien Str. 69; Charlottenburg
Pestalozzi Str. 9a; Zehlendorf, Machnower Str. 6
›› Wasserstation: Siemenswerderweg 17
›› Tel. 3 24 07 39, www.segelschule-weber.de
Marina Lanke Berlin
Berlin’s largest yacht harbor with its own shipyard and hire service for paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, small sailing boats and motor boats. Also a large range of courses for sailing and motor boats from student courses to radio courses.
›› Spandau, Scharfe Lanke 109-131, Tel. 3 62 00 90, www.marina-lanke.de
Berlin’s first and oldest sailing school with courses for a motor boat license for inland waters on the Havel-Oder waterway.
›› Konradshöhe, Friederike Str. 24, Tel. 4 31 11 71, www.segelschule-berlin.de
Training center for all motorboat and sailboat licenses, also boat rentals and regular sailing trips.
›› Büro: Westend, Meerscheidt Str. 7, Tel. 30 61 29 17
›› 14467 Potsdam, Schiffbauergasse 9, 0 172/310 56 60
A classic skating track. There is a long round track (210 km) and several shorter ones. Speed-skating arena with 200-m round track.
›› I-G3, 14913 Jüterbog, Markt 15-16, Tel. 0 33 72/ 4 40 32 00, www.flaeming-skate.de
Fun is the focus here with relaxed groups meeting regularly to train together and also to enjoy barbecue evenings. At weekends club members go on tours outside Berlin and train together for the Skate Marathon.
Skate by Night
Young and old Berlin Roller-blade fans can enjoy skating during the evening from June to September. Every Sunday – if the weather is good – they’ll hear the words “On your skates, get set, go!”
›› Infos: Tel. 05 11/3 52 88 92, www.skatebynight.de
Germany’s biggest halfpipe, fun box, wall riding, BMX.
›› Friedrichshain, Revaler Str. 99, Tel. 29 36 29 66, www.skatehalle-berlin.de
Skate- und Rollsportclub Berlin
Great selection of courses for kids and adults, professionals and beginners, open to non-members.
›› Infos: Tel. 7 93 14 52, www.src-berlin.de
Three artificial slopes offer ski fans endless downhill fun. The surfaces of the slopes move in the opposite direction to the skier, allowing changes in angles and speed depending on skill levels.
›› Wilmersdorf, Berliner Str. 21, Tel. 4 79 98 13, www.der-gletscher.de
Ski center with 130-m downhill run and up to 25 degree slopes for beginners and advanced skiers. Experienced snowboarders and freestyle skiers can challenge themselves in the fun park with jumps, kickers and sliders.
›› I-J5, 01968 Senftenberg, Hörlitzer Str. 36, Tel. 0 35 73/ 36 37 00
Surf- & Segelschule Müggelsee
Leisure boat license courses for inland and open water; also rental of surfboards, catamarans, sailboats, canoes and rowboats.
›› I-E4, Rahnsdorf, Fürstenwalder Damm 838, Tel. 6 48 15 80
Surfing, canoeing, sailing on dinghies and catamarans, classes for everyone from beginner to pro, rental, shop, surfing trips and camps.
›› I-E3, Büro/office: 14469 Potsdam, Hügelweg 8, Tel. 0331/2 70 42 80
Station im Strandbad Caputh, 14548 Caputh, Weg zum Strandbad 1, 033209/20 449
Large range of sports and leisure activities including tennis, squash and badminton as well as indoor soccer, basketball, dancing, and health and fitness.
›› Wilmersdorf, Brandenburgische Str. 53, Tel. 8 73 90 97, www.citysports-berlin.com
Multi-purpose sports and leisure center covering 7,000 sq m, 4 indoor and 4 outdoor tennis courts, 10 badminton courts, 4 squash courts and 8 bowling alleys.
›› Lankwitz, Kamenzer Damm 34, Tel. 7 75 10 51, www.preussenpark-berlin.de
Sports and leisure center offering tennis, badminton, beach volleyball, beach soccer, streetball, table tennis, sauna and fitness center.
›› Niederschönhausen, Norden Str. 56, Tel. 7 40 72 50, www.spok.de
Squash on nine courts. Also badminton, table tennis, darts, tabletop soccer, bowling, sauna.
›› Lichtenberg, Vulkan Str. 3, Tel. 5 59 77 27, www.squash-house.de
Let off steam on one of the three indoor tennis courts, each with a joint-friendly surface. If that’s not enough to tire you out, there are three squash courts and a covered soccer pitch.
›› Märkisches Viertel, Treuenbrietzener Str. 36, Tel. 4 15 30-11, -12
Berlin-Brandenburg’s biggest badminton center with 12 courts. Also 5 indoor tennis courts, which can be converted into 10 Speedminton courts, 4 Funball courts, table tennis and sauna.
›› Weißensee, Roelcke Str. 106, Tel. 9 27 45 94, www.tcwsports.com
Wakeboard and water ski facility on 40,000 sq m of water, tow and a separate lake for swimmers.
›› I-F3, 14979 Großbeeren, Bahnhof Str. 49, Tel. 03 37 01/ 9 08 73
Wet & Wild
Water ski ropeway, hang-out bar, beach volleyball field, sunbathing area. Also swimming possibilities.
›› I-D3, 16727 Velten, Am Bernsteinsee 1, Tel. 0 33 03/40 01 45
& 03 30 94/5 15 63, www.wakeboard-berlin.de