The last of the summer sunshine is nature’s sign that the season is starting for the Berlin Recycling Volleys and the Füchse Berlin at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. The squads have been overhauled and the title is up for grabs again. It has room for 8,500 fans, so depending on who’s at home this week, it’s a volleyball temple or a foxes’ handball den.
Are there parking spaces at the arena?
Parking spaces near the arena are scarce, especially on match days, which is why we recommend using public transport to get there.
The Max-Schmeling-Halle is not far from Kastanienallee in Prenzlauer Berg and is directly beside the Mauerpark – the former no man’s land between East and West Berlin. Give yourself plenty of time to take a relaxed stroll around the area.
The Albatrosses have flown the nest
The arena also used to be the home of the Alba Berlin basketball team before they moved to the Mercedes-Benz Arena (formerly the O2-World) in 2008.
If you don’t like sport, then that’s no problem either. The multipurpose arena is regularly used for concerts and other events. International stars such as Madonna, Robbie Williams and Bob Dylan have played to packed houses here. At concerts there is room for up to 12,000 fans, which makes the Max-Schmeling-Halle, along with the Velodrom and the Mercedes-Benz Arena, one of the biggest venues in Berlin.
A look behind the scenes
The arena is named after the German world boxing champion Max Schmeling, and was originally planned purely as a boxing venue. How it became a multi-purpose arena becomes clear when you take a look behind the scenes. Book a tour and find out more about the history and unusual architecture of the Max-Schmeling-Halle. You can get a first visual impression of the arena and its halls with the 360° tour.