Berlin's top athletes train at Sportforum Hohenschönhausen, site of Germany's largest Olympic training centre. The 45 hectares and 35 sports facilities make Sportforum Hohenschönhausen the second largest sports facility in the capital. The training centre was built in 1954 and was where top athletes and future Olympic champions trained during the Communist era. The site remains dedicated to all aspects of sport.
The site is home to 20 sporting clubs, ten national training centres, a centre for school and competitive, and the "House of Athletes" with about 200 rooms to rent. Daily, more than 3,000 athletes use the Sportforum as their training venue, including Olympic gold medallist Robert Harting (discus) and the handball players on the professional Füchse Berlin team. As such, the Sportforum is the most important centre in Berlin for both peak and junior competitive sports.
From boxing to archery
Sportforum Hohenschönhausen offers training for almost any sport. In addition to the classics of football and swimming, there are also centres for fencing, boxing, archery, and judo. There are rinks for in-line skating, tennis courts, and shooting ranges.
The ice rink at Sportforum Hohenschönhausen is legendary in its own right. The 400 metre has been hosting international competitions since 1986, but the rink is open to the public, too, between September and April. A perfect spot for your first steps on the ice or to practise your sweeping pirouettes.
Berliners probably associate Sportforum Hohenschönhausen especially with the "corrugated steel palace" where the Eisbären Berlin hockey team practised and played in front of their enthusiastic fans until 2008. The Eisbären Berlin junior team now uses the centre for their matches. Other major users of the Sportforum in addition to the Olympics training centre include former East German football masters BFC Dynamo, SC Berlin, Berliner TSC, and the ALBA BERLIN youth team.