Berlin for hang gliders? That works! And how it works - former piles of rubbish and large parks turn out to be Eldorados for hang-gliders. Generally speaking, the following applies to a trip with a hang-glider: A little wind is a must, and it can't hurt to have some tasty provisions in your luggage. Here comes our selection of the most beautiful and windiest kite spots in and around Berlin.
Tip 1: The Drachenberg on the Teufelsberg
Not a natural mountain, but in any case the highest elevation in Berlin and therefore an excellent place to fly kites. The 120-metre-high rubble mountain, which incidentally was stated to be 114.7 metres high until it was remeasured in 2013, is of course no insider tip, but it is rightly in first place: the Drachenberg next to the former Teufelsberg spy station is a place that couldn't be more fantastic for kite flying. Even if the journey and the ascent to the hill are a bit arduous, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view. There is always a good breeze blowing here. Ideal conditions for kite pros and amateurs to spend a wonderful day.
Where: Teufelsseechaussee 10, Wilmersdorf
Tip 2: The vastness of the Tempelhofer Feld
A wide field, hardly any trees and always sufficient wind speed - the largest open space in Berlin, right in the middle of the city, is an ideal place for kite flying. On this flat plain the wind can pick up speed, which is why the field is not only suitable for kite flying in autumn. Also out of season you can always see a colourful bustle of windsurfers and kite enthusiasts here.
Where: Tempelhofer Damm, Tempelhof or Columbiadamm and Oderstraße, Neukölln
Tip 3: Hahneberg – twice
Attention: There are two Hahneberg mountains next to each other: the smaller natural Hahneberg with its historical fortress and the higher rubbish mountain directly next to it, also called the new Hahneberg. The smaller of the two offers a relatively small area compared to other hang gliding airfields, but the wind conditions are ideal.
Where: Hahnebergweg 50, Spandau
Tip 4: Lübars leisure park - kite flying on an airy hill
Even further north you can catch the perfect area for the perfect gust. The amusement park in Reinickendorf is an El Dorado for kite lovers, because there is - right, a great mountain of rubbish here too. This forms the heart and centre of the extensive natural area, which also houses a park and an adventure playground and invites you to take a nice walk.
Where: At the Malche/Campestraße 11, Reinickendorf
Tip 5: Meadow in front of the Reichstag
It couldn't be more central: here, where there is always a strong wind blowing, not only politically, the colourful kites like to cavort in autumn. The open space between the Chancellery and the Reichstag is particularly suitable for small kites and offers you a very special panorama. The visitors* inside the dome of the Reichstag also enjoy this heavenly spectacle.
Where: Platz der Republik 1, Mitte
Tip 6: Britzer Garten
The Britzer Garten is one of the most beautiful and extensive parks in Berlin: wonderful garden art, nature and hilly landscapes are spread over 90 hectares of land. The ideal place to go is the play and sunbathing area at Britzer Höhe, which is best reached from the entrance at Buckower Damm. Afterwards, stroll through the beautiful garden, which is particularly impressive in autumn with its dahlia exhibition andin spring with its tulips exhibition.
Where: Buckower Damm and Mohriner Allee, Neukölln
Tip 7: Treptower Park - Kite flying next to monuments
The park is especially suitable for children and the first kite tricks. You will surely find a place on one of the many meadows. If you've had enough of kite flying, take a look around - the park has a lot more to offer: its own harbour where you can rent kayaks and pedal boats, the popular Island of Youth, the heart of which is the Island Café with its large garden and green lawn for sunbathing. Here you can enjoy coffee and cake as well as healthy and hearty meals. In the park you will find a new playground and last but not least the impressive Soviet Memorial, which commemorates the liberation of Berlin by the Red Army. Nearby is also the Archenhold-Sternwarte Treptow, the oldest and largest public observatory in Germany, which invites you to observe the stars. It has the longest refracting telescope in the world.
Where: Old Treptow, Treptow
Tip 8: Volkspark Potsdam - dragon dance
On the former site of the Federal Horticultural Show, there are enough open spaces to let your kite soar up into the air, in addition to the botanical tropical house, the mini-golf course and a water playground. The large meadow park in the Volkspark is a particularly good place to do this. The park is about 65 hectares in size - enough space so that the kites do not get tangled up or disturbed by others.
Where: Georg-Hermann-Allee 101, Potsdam
Tip 9: Mauerpark Berlin
As a former Wall no man's land, there are few to no tall trees or buildings on the grounds of the Mauerpark, making the park a popular place to fly kites together on windy days. Those who need a break can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in the park, listen to street musicians or watch the action from the hill at the edge of the park. Since the extension opened this summer, there is even more space and the park has won incredibly. Tip: take advantage of the slightly quieter days during the week, as it can get very crowded here at the weekend.
Where: Gleimstraße 55, Prenzlauer Berg
Tip 10: Freizeitpark Marienfelde - Flying fun for everyone
You will also find ideal conditions on the southern outskirts of Berlin. The Marienfelde leisure park is one of the best kite locations in the capital. With a height of 77 metres, the former rubbish dump attracts visitors with a good all-round view of the surrounding area. The best place for your kite is on the large open space east of the Diedersdorfer Weg - here flying fun is guaranteed for beginners and professionals alike. Please note that this is a nature reserve and rare birds breed here in spring and summer - then please switch to another airfield.
Where: Diedersdorfer Weg, Tempelhof
Tip 11: If you do not have a kite
If you don't have a kite of your own for the many possibilities, then take a look at Flying Colors. They offer you a large selection in all colours, shapes and variations. Kids kites, stunt kites and traction kites - a paradise for kite and kite fans. Here you will also find frisbees, juggling articles, yoyos, bummerangs and much more.
Where: Eisenacher Straße 81, Schöneberg
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