Sometimes winter in Berlin can seem a bit so-so: instead of being freezing cold, the temperature hovers a few degrees above zero, and instead of snow you get rain. But skating fans can still buckle on their blades. The Erika-Heß-Eisstadion in Wedding
not only has an open-air ice rink, but if the weather's nasty you can also retreat inside, although only at midday for around two hours.
Freezing cold and central
Although the ice-skating stadium is in the Wedding district, it's only a stone's throw away from busier tourist areas. The Hamburger Bahnhof, a former railway station that's now a museum, and the Museum für Naturkunde
(Museum of Natural History) in Mitte are just a few hundred metres away. Families who suddenly feel like doing a few pirouettes on the ice after visiting the museum can also borrow skates at the Erika-Heß-Eisstadion (ice stadium)
. Of course, you can also bring your own ice skates with you and even have them sharpened at the rink.