Trabrennbahn Marienfdorf remains a popular destination for equestrian enthusiasts and anyone else who wants to spend an entertaining day at the track.
At the track
Trabrennbahn Mariendorf is one of the most successful harness racing tracks in Germany and hosts more than 650 races a year. And it is also one of the most beautiful sites with chestnut trees surrounding the 32 stables on the 24 hectare site. A particular treat for the eyes is the Art Nouveau grandstand that fortunately survived the war.
Also worth a visit in their own right are the 32 stables, which blend the look of historic half-timbered buildings with the modern architectural style of the wooden stalls. More than 800 horses can be accommodated here. The site also includes several small spots offering a bite to eat such as Traberpause and Champions Teehaus.
History of the track
The Mariendorf harness racing track celebrated its opening more than a hundred years ago. At the time, it was the most modern track in Germany. It then experienced a rebirth in the years after the war. The German harness-racing derby has been held in Mariendorf since 1952. The battle for the Blue Ribbon is considered the greatest harness-racing event in Germany. It concludes eight days of racing known as Derby Week.
The grandstand at Mariendorf was opened in 1972. The five-storey building can accommodate 5,000 guests and, with its glass front, is one of the most modern grandstands in Germany.
The most important harness racing event in Germany and one of the most important in the world is Derby Week, which has been held at Trabrennbahn Mariendrof for more than a century. The event lasts eight days.
In the south of Berlin, things are much more tranquil in the village of Mariendorf, which was founded in 1230. Its biggest attraction is without doubt the racecourse, but there is also the memorial to the Marienfelde transit camp, where more than 1.3 million people who fled from the GDR were fed and sheltered.