Cold town, winter in the city! We did not have much of a white Christmas in Berlin, but we sure do have a white January. And we all know what that means: Drop everything and let’s go tobogganing! Only – sledding in a big city, is that even possible? Well, since Berlin is one of the world’s greenest capitals it sure is. Admittedly, the city is more of a lowlander, but the many parks and hills offer quite a number of toboggan runs. And even when the white winter takes a thawing break for a couple of days, it will be back soon with even more snow to come. Our team from Industriepalast Hostel got that old sled from the basement and tried out the best slopes for you:
Where to get a sled:
So you really did not bring your old sled with you for the Berlin city trip? That’s a pity, but not a problem. Fahrradstation, a franchise of bicycle rentals, offers rental sleds at a very fair price. A sled will set you back 9 € a day, and they even have steerable bobsleighs at 12 €. Your best choice is probably Fahrradstation Kreuzberg on Bergmannstraße. Neighboring Viktoriapark has a fun slope and when you’re finally getting cold, there’s heaps of little coffee shops around to warm up. The opening hours of Fahrradstation Kreuzberg are Mondays to Fridays, 10 – 19, and Saturdays 10 – 6. There are further franchises of Fahrradstation throughout the city, you can find them online. On the website you can even make a reservation for your sled beforehand.
Where to find a slope:
Berlin appears to be pretty flat, at least for the better part of it. But passionate cyclists know it just too well: the hillsides and drops of the capital do exist. One of the most popular toboggan runs, especially for families, is located on the side of the Kreuzberg in Viktoriapark. On the peak you get an excellent view of the entire city, beyond lies a beautiful little slope for sledders. An even better and just as scenic sled run awaits you in the north-east of town, at Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg. No less than 600 meters of sledding fun can be found here. And one of the fastest runs is just around the corner from Industriepalast Hostel: Volkspark Friedrichshain is only a 15 minute Tram ride away and offers an excellent toboggan track. When dashing down the hill at a tearing pace here, make sure to look out for the self-made ski jumps – or even better: build an even bigger one!
Where to find even more of that:
Not quite enough sledding fun? The creative minds of Berlin-based startup LocaFox have designed a handy Berlin transit map containing all toboggan slopes. If you are fine with taking the metro to take a ride out to the suburbs, you are in for some sled runs that are even more spectacular than the ones mentioned above. Examples: Insulaner in Schöneberg, or the mystical Teufelsberg, home to an abandoned CIA facility.
In case you need further recommendations concerning your Berlin toboggan adventure, our receptions are more than happy to help you out. And maybe we can even dash down the hillsides together?
Good downhill fun,
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.