Imagine a winter without ice skating – not going to happen, right!? It makes for the perfect combination of fun, romance, and – let’s be honest – bruises on your butt. Whether you prefer a sporty run, maybe even hit the puck with your friends, or you simply want to do some easy laps on the ice with your partner or family, Berlin has a variety of ice rinks for you. We at Industriepalast Hostel got our skates from the attic and found out about the best rinks for you:
Big city lights
Ok, this is how Hollywood would do it: Beautiful christmas trees and warmly illuminated stalls, a stroll over the Christmas market while holding hands and drinking mulled wine, and then, finally, a few laps together on the ice. Well, you can have just that – right in the city center! At Potsdamer Platz, against the background of impressive skyscrapers, there is not only a big Christmas market, a skiing carousel for kids, and Europe’s largest mobile sled run, but also a beautiful ice rink for everyone. Famous Neptunbrunnen Fountain at Alexanderplatz has an ice rink around it, too. So right beyond the Berlin TV Tower you can put the skates on and get going. You can find a smaller, but very cozy alternative at Winterdorf, the Winter Village next to the Arena in Treptow. Their ice rink is actually floating on the Spree River, which makes for a spectacular view of the russian-like Oberbaum Bridge from a unique perspective.
Under the open sky
You are a little more ambitious than that or you simply love to have a lot of space for your figure skating spins? Hop on the circular railway and set out for Wilmersdorf in the south-west of the capital. Horst-Dohm-Eisstadion there has Berlin’s largest ice rink: 6,000 square meters! If you’re looking for something closer by you should definitely check out Eisstadion Neukölln in the borough of the same name, right next to Tempelhofer Feld. In the afternoons during the week they often have a Happy Hour that lets you skate half price. The clue: this is mostly a locals-only venue, so if you’re looking for the real Berlin experience here is your chance to skate a bit off the beaten track.
Hohenschönhausen is a part of Berlin that you’ve probably never heard of. That is, unless you are a winter sports athlete. Sportforum Hohenschönhausen is not only the second biggest sports complex in Berlin, but also the headquarter of the German Olympic ice skating team. It has several large ice rinks that make for perfect training conditions and offer enough space for regular national and international competitions. This very ice rink taught speed skater Claudia Pechstein, with a total of five gold medals Germany’s most successful Olympic athlete ever, her skills, so who says you won’t be next? But don’t be afraid, the Sportforum is open to anybody from October through March, especially on the weekends when there is little to no official training happening.
Have you found the right rink for yourself? No matter whether you feel drawn towards the winterly big city life or rather the open space of the ice stadion, Industriepalast Hostel sure is your perfect headquarter for this adventure and many more to come. And when a long afternoon on the skates has come to an end, you are more than welcome to join us at the hostel bar for a hot chocolate.
Have a great skate,
Blogger @Industriepalast Hostel
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.