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Eleven tips for the best ice skating rinks in Berlin

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Berliner Weihnachtszeit
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

We get it. Berlin winters can be long and tough, and sometimes it seems that hibernating until spring is the best way to survive. But there’s a lot of fun to be had when the temperatures are dropping. Whether it’s to entertain kids, impress a date with your spectacular pirouettes, have fun with friends or just get some exercise, ice skating is one of the most enjoyable winter activities available in Berlin. And there are so many great places to do it! From the Erika-Heß-Stadion in Wedding to Snowtropolis in Brandenburg, here are the best places to skate in and around Berlin.

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Tip 1: Family friendly: Eisbahn Lankwitz

Ice skating in Berlin
Ice skating © Getty Images, Foto: zsv3207

This open-air ice-skating rink nestled among community gardens in Lankwitz is run by a family of skating enthusiasts who do their best to ensure other families feel welcome at their rink. They have a skating school catering to learners both young and old and for all disciplines: figure skating, ice hockey or, of course, just for fun.

When: Mon 10am – 1pm, Tue to Thu 10am – 2:40pm, Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 12pm – 9pm, Sun 12am – 6pm

Where: Eisstadion Lankwitz, Leonorenstr. 37, Berlin-Lankwitz

Tip 2: Best value: Eisstadion Neukölln

Couple ice skating
Ice skating in winter © Getty Images, Foto: Emir Memedovski

Just a short walk from the U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations at Hermannstraße, this skating rink runs happy hour deals for the final hour of their afternoon and evening sessions. For these hours, the already affordable €3.30 entry tickets are half price – but be warned, it can get quite full at the discounted times. Further discounts are available for kids, students, seniors and others.

When: Mon to Fri 9am – 1pm/3pm – 6pm/7pm – 9.30pm, Sat 9am – 12pm/3pm – 6pm/7pm – 9.30pm, Sun 9am – 1pm /2pm – 5pm, Closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day: 9am – 1pm/2pm – 5pm, New Year’s Day: 2pm – 5pm (closed from October 18th to October 21st)

Where: Eisstadion Neukölln, Oderstr. 182, Neukölln

Tip 3: Best for spectators: Eisstadion Wedding – Erika Heß-Stadion

Brother and Sister Skating Together
Bruder und Schwester beim Schlittschuhlaufen © Getty Images, Foto: FatCamera

Named after Erika Hess, a former mayor of Wedding, this stadium has both an indoor and an outdoor rink. The indoor one, however, is mostly used for events and is only open to the public for a couple of hours a day. When you’re tired of skating, check the event listings to catch one of the many figure skating championships that happen here.

When: Mon to Sat 9am – 12pm & 3pm – 5.30pm, Wed & Thurs 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Fri & Sat 7.30pm – 10.00pm, Sun & holidays 9am – 12pm & 2pm – 5pm, Closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 

Where: Erika Heß Eisstadion, Müllerstr. 185, Wedding

Tip 4: Most Christmassy: Eisbahn am Neptunbrunnen in Berlin Mitte

Christmas time at the Neptun fountain - ski skating around the fountain
Christmas time around the Neptun fountain in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

If ice skating is mainly a Christmas activity for you, this is the only rink you’ll need. It circles around the statue of Neptune at the foot of the TV Tower. When you’re done skating to holiday tunes, there's an entire Christmas market full of mulled wine and Yuletide treats to enjoy.

When: open daily from 22 November 2021 to 2 January 2022, Monday to Friday 12pm – 10pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 10pm. Christmas Day and Boxing Day 11am – 9pm, Final day 2 January 2022 11am – 9pm. Closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Where: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 8, Mitte

Tip 5: Best all-weather rink: Rübezahl am Müggelsee

Eislaufen im Eisstadion Wilmersdorf
Eislaufen bei jedem Wetter © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

This excellent rink is covered and equipped with side panels, so wind and rain won't affect your spectacular twirls, pirouettes and falls. It’s a bit of a trip to Müggelsee from central Berlin, but it’s worth the journey. The views over the lake are lovely. There’s a beer garden and bistro here as well as plenty of outdoor activities if the weather cooperates. 2G applies.

When: Every day 10am – 12.30pm/1pm – 4.30pm/5pm –7.30pm

Where: Müggelheimer Damm 143, Köpenick

Tip 6: The party rink: Open-Air-Eisbahn at Potsdam Harbour

Cocktailbar
Cocktailbar © Getty Images, Foto: gradyreese

From 6.30 to 9pm on a Saturday evening, this rink lets loose. On comes the music and out skate those brave and inspiring souls who have the confidence to not only be the first people on the dancefloor, but to do it in skates. To help the party atmosphere along (or to give yourself a bit more confidence), you could always visit El Puerto restaurant. They have sangria and cocktails. 

When: Tue & Wed 1pm – 9pm, Thur & Fri 1pm – 6pm, Sat 10am – 9pm, Sun 10am – 6pm

Where: Lange Brücke 6, Potsdam
 

Tip 7: Best for athletes: Paul-Heyse Eisstadion

Eislaufen im Eisstadion Wilmersdorf
Eislaufen im Eisstadion © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

This is the place to go when you’re just too fast and skilful on skates for the public rinks. This rink is used by members of the Berlin TSC sport club and is not open to the general public. But fear not! The club has experienced trainers for a variety of disciplines, and is open to new members – even kids as young as four are welcome.

When: separate training times depending on discipline and age group.

Where: Paul-Heyse-Str. 25, Prenzlauer Berg

Tipp 8: Weihnachtlich im WinterWunderland: XXL-Eisbahn der Rennbahn Hoppegarten

Berliner Weihnachtszeit am Roten Rathaus
Berliner Weihnachtszeit am Roten Rathaus (Symbolbild) © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Es weihnachtet sehr auf dem Rennbahngelände Hoppegarten. Hier öffnet ein großer Weihnachtsmarkt seine Türen: mit festlicher Beleuchtung, dem größten Riesenrad in Berlin und Brandenburg und einer XXL-Eisbahn. Schlittert nach Lust und Laune übers Eis und lasst euch vom weihnachtlichen Ambiente verzaubern.

Wann: 22. November 2021 – 2. Januar 2022, Montag – Freitag 13 – 22 Uhr, Samstag und Sonntag 10 – 22 Uhr

Wo: Rennbahnallee 1, 15366 Hoppegarten

Tip 9: Contemplative at the Zehlendorf Christmas Market

WEihnachtsdekoration auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt
Weihnachtsdekoration auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt © Spätsche Baumschulen, Foto: Daniela Incoronato

The traditional Zehlendorf Christmas market invites you to skate on an artificial ice rink again this year. On an area of 20 x 18 metres you can do your pirouettes and enjoy the view of the festively decorated Christmas market. For all those who love the Christmas ambience in December: After your training on the ice, stroll through the lovingly decorated Christmas market and admire the arts and crafts on the small stalls.
 
When: 22 November - 30 December 2021

Where: Kirchstraße 1, Zehlendorf

Tip 10: A trip to Brandenburg: Snowtropolis

Ice rank Wilmersdorf in Berlin
© visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Senftenberg is only a couple of hours from Berlin by train and is well worth a trip for winter sports enthusiasts. Besides a high-quality skating rink maintained several times a day, Snowtropolis boasts a large hall for skiing and snowboarding offering lessons for beginners along with advanced areas for the more experienced snowbirds.

When: Wed to Sun 10am – 9pm (opening times for ice rink not yet released, but probably end of November)

Where: Tropolis 1, 01968 Hörlitz

Tip 11: Sledding with a view of the Müggelsee: Friedrichshagen ice beach

Weißer Müggelsee
Weißer Müggelsee © visumate

The Seebad Friedrichshagen is not only worth a visit in summer. During the skating season, a beautiful open-air ice rink awaits you. On 600 square metres of ice, you can pirouette to your heart's content, try curling and melt away with a view of Lake Müggelsee. 

When: From 25 November 2021, Monday - Friday 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday and during holidays 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday and public holidays 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

Where: Müggelseedamm 216, Köpenick

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