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Berlin flexes its muscles

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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.

The operators of the roughly 200 fitness centers in this sporty city certainly don’t have to worry about a lack of customers. And for those who prefer to be active outside a studio Grunewald has the longest bridle path network in Germany after Lüneberger Heath in Lower Saxony. The Berlin area is also known among golfers from all over the world for its internationally renowned golf courses.

Fans of aquatic sports who move to Berlin don’t have to give up their hobby. The Berlin-Brandenburg region has Europe’s largest interconnected network of waterways, which makes it a paradise for sailors or for extensive boat trips, surfing excursions or diving. Berlin’s kids can learn to swim in one of 37 indoor or 26 outdoor public swimming pools run by the Berliner Bäder-Betriebe, Europe’s biggest swimming pool operator. Many other sports trends, such as beach volleyball, indoor soccer and squash, also keep Berliners on the go.

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