Harness racing is the top discipline for wagering. But you only need a euro to place a bet and possibly win if you pick the right horse. Exciting races take place year-round at Trabrennbahn Karlshorst. The main racing days are Fridays and Sundays. Special family days offer a varied programme for children.
Besides race days, Trabrennbahn Karlshorst also offers entertainment for the whole family. You can even take lessons in harness racing! The track also hosts children's birthday parties, complete with cocoa, cakes, horseshoes, and horseback riding, of course.
Equestrian tradition since 1884
The Karlshorst track opened in 1884, first for steeplechase races. It was only after the Second World War that harness racing has been held here. In 1945, General Berzarin, commander of the Soviet occupation zone in Berlin, had the track rebuilt for harness racing, almost doubling it in size. During the Communist era that followed, the track was a state-run enterprise.
To get things back on track after German reunification, part of the site was sold after the fall of the Wall and some stables, the casino, and the riding school were demolished. The remaining 4 km² are now operated by Verein Pferdesportpark Berlin-Karlshorst e.V. The success of this work is seen in the growing audiences, higher wager levels, and advertising sponsorships. The concept was designed to be down-to-earth from the start with the focus on the majority of visitors. To this day, you can get involved in the race with a minimal wager.
Events at Trabrennbahn Karlshorst
The open and large grounds near the Karlshorst S-Bahn station are also the perfect setting for festivals and parties. For example, the German-Russian Festival is held here every year. A 1990s-themed party and a Zombie Run have also been held here. Another highlight held here were the 2013 Icelandic Horse World Championships, that brought in up to 13,000 visitors a day to the park.