Berlin may not be classically known as a winter sports destination, but you will be surprised by the many possibilities. Show your moves like an Olympic skater at one of Berlin's ice rinks, fly downhill by sledge, or forget the world in any of Berlin's spas and saunas.
Berlin ice rinks for ice princesses and racers
Ice skating is very popular in Berlin. Heading out on the ice, especially for children, is one of the highlights of winter. Sports enthusiasts engage in Olympic disciplines while young people simply come to have fun and maybe show off some. For romantics, skating is considered one of the most beautiful things in the world. So pack your skates and get ready to take a few rounds around Berlin's skating rinks.
Wedding Müllerstraße 185, 13353 Berlin
In the afternoon, this ice rink in Wedding is especially popular with young people. Skate rental available.
Wilmersdorf Fritz-Wildung-Straße 9, 14199 Berlin
The ice stadium in Wilmersdorf offers plenty of room to skate and have fun. You can make your rounds on a 400 metre outer circular track and a 30 x 60 m inner rink. On-site skate rental.
S 41, 42, 46 Hohenzollerndamm
Oderstraße 182, 12051 Berlin
This ice rink is particularly popular with families with children, students, and seniors alike.
Konrad Wolf Straße 39, 13053 Berlin
With a little luck, you might even run into an athlete here, because around 30 sports clubs and various German Olympic athletes train at this facility, too. Ice sports enthusiasts can skate the 400 metre track and, depending on the crowds and training schedules, the high-speed outer ring might also be open.
Leonorenstraße 37, 12247 Berlin
Enjoy skating under the open sky at Eisbahn Lankwitz. The ice rink also offers ice disco, children's ice disco, curling, skating lessons, and fire huts to warm up. Skates can be borrowed.
Müggelheimer Damm 143, 12559 Berlin
This 300 m² ice rink at Restaurant Rübezahl on Müggelsee offers ice skating, ice hockey, and curling. Ice skates can be borrowed.
Love sport, but aren't interested in wet shoes, thick woolen caps, and frozen fingers? Fear not: Berlin has a varied indoor programme of sport to check out during the winter season. Be inspired by our selection:
South Beach Berlin
Trachenbergring 85, 12249 Tempelhof
Take off the winter boots, put your feet in the sand, and play a game of beach volleyball, all in wintry Berlin!
Stendaler Straße 25, 12627 Berlin
In Europe's largest indoor climbing park, everyone from your little monkeys to pros will love what's on offer! Regardless of the season and daylight, the action's here.
Less stress and more relaxation: recharge in any of Berlin’s many saunas and spas as you leave the hustle and bustle outside. Go for a swim or forget the world in the saltwater pool at the Liquidrom, for example. We have put together an overview of beautiful places for your perfect wellness day.
Berlin has plenty to offer beyond winter sports, of course. The year in Berlin is full of major sporting events that you definitely won't want to miss. Be there to watch the best football clubs in Germany at the DFB Cup or cheer on the fastest runners in the world at the marathon.
An overview of all sports highlights can be found in our events calendar.
Heading downhill: Berlin's best toboggan runs & ski slopes
As soon as the first layer of snow has settled over the city, people are strapping their skis on and hauling their toboggan sledges up from the cellar. Young and old love to romp around in the snow and Berlin is just the place for it, whether in the idyllic countryside or in the middle of the city.
Here are some of the best toboggan runs in the city:
Teufelsseechaussee, 14193 Berlin
At a height of 120 meters, the Teufelsberg is one Berlin’s highest mountains (well, hills) and therefore obviously a popular place for all winter sports enthusiasts.
Müggelberge 12559 Berlin
The Müggelberge are between 70 and 90 m high and are considered the most famous "ski area" in the capital.
Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg
Hohenschönhauser Straße 10 10369 Berlin Pankow
The Trümmerberg, built from the rubble of World War II, might have once gotten its own ski lift. That it didn't work, unfortunately, but it’s still a tobogganer’s paradise here.
Der Insulaner Munsterdamm 12169 Berlin
Located on Berlin’s south side, Der Insulaner offers one of the longest toboggan runs in the city. You can also put on skis and give the 75 m mountain a try, too.
Freizeitpark Lübars Alte Fasanerie 13469 Berlin
The kites dominate the skies here in autumn, but, in winter, it’s the sports fans who cover the slopes. This extensive leisure and recreation park is very popular with families.
Viktoriapark Kreuzbergstraße 10965 Berlin
In the middle of Kreuzberg, the Viktoriapark is a perfect spot to go tobogganing on snowy days. The hills are very popular especially for families with children, since speed isn’t necessarily their top priority.
Fichtenberg Am Fichtenberg 12165 Berlin
The Fichtenberg in Steglitz offers beginners as well as professionals different downhills and tobogganing fans will get their money's worth. Beautiful views of the botanical gardens are free.
Hahneberg Weinmeisterhornweg 13593 Berlin
The Hahneberg in Spandau offers one of the longest pistes in Berlin. The 500 m runway is not the steepest descent, but for smaller children it offers a perfect run to practise their skills.
Tip: If you don’t bring yours skis with you, you can easily borrow them in many shops in Berlin.