Sporting activities in Berlin
Whatever time of year you visit Berlin, there's plenty to keep
you busy - it's a city on the move..
Spectators have the choice of watching Ice-Hockey, Basketball,
or following the fate of Berlin's football team - BSC Hertha -
in the company of surprisingly amiable crowds. And soccer fans
shouldn't forget that in 2006 Berlin hosts the World Cup.
The National Pony and Trap Race takes place in south Berlin,
at Marienfelde, and, in the east, Hoppegarten provides a traditional
day at the races - that is when they're not parading elephants
and camels to promote a local circus.
A winter visit? Although Berlin lies in the middle of a plain,
an improbable five ski slopes are at your disposal, together with
in- and outdoor skating rinks, in public squares and on the surrounding
Follow up with a trip to a sauna, like the palatially reconstructed
oriental public baths in Neukölln, or the swimming bath. There
are 33 indoor public pools in the city, including leisure centres
like SEZ with a range of fun pools (currently looking for a new
owner), and the massive 50 metre pool next to the Berlin Arena
In the summer Berlin's city-wide cycle lane network (and, yes,
you can easily hire a bike) lures you to the edge of the city,
where you can wander down shady paths through forests like Grunewald,
or visit lakes like the Wannsee or Müggelsee to idle away
the time fishing, swimming, hiring a rowing or paddleboat for
a few hours.
Golf and mini-golf, tennis and yoga, skate-boarding and martial
arts, balloon rides and bungee-jumping - you take you pick. Or
perhaps an attempt at one of the artificial climbing walls for
the family album. And whether spectator or competitor, don't miss
the Berlin Marathon in September.
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