Sport in Berlin
Berlin has established a high profile reputation as a host city of international sporting events. Berlin hosted the 1936 Olympics and was the host city for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final. The IAAF World Championships in Athletics were held in the Olympiastadion in August 2009.
The WTA Tour holds the Qatar Total German Open annually in the city. Founded in 1896, it is one of the oldest tennis tournaments for women. The FIVB World Tour has chosen an inner-city site near Alexanderplatz to present a beach volleyball Grand Slam every year.
Open Air gatherings of several hundred thousands spectators have become popular during international football competitions like the World Cup or the UEFA European Football Championship. The Football World Cup final took place here on 9 July 2006. Fans of the respective national football squads are coming together to watch the match on huge videoscreens.
Around 700 athletes train in almost 35 different disciplines here at this Olympic base. Berlin’s sports teams are known throughout Germany and Europe. Hertha BSC (soccer), Reinickendorfer Füchse (handball), Alba Berlin (basketball), and the Berliner Eisbären (hockey) are all in the national leagues, as are volleyball and water polo teams from Berlin. The Berlin Marathon continues to attract runners from all over the world. More than a million spectators turn out each year to cheer on the world’s best long-distance runners along their route through the city.
For wide range of Berlin citizens and guests city can offer many specific sport cours: Ice skating, wall climbing, carting and more...
Eisstadion Berlin Wilmersdorf
Ice skating is one of those past-times which is either romantic, fun and exciting, or painful, awkward and embarrassing, depending on your level of ability. If you are one of the co-ordinated many, then a day out to the Eisstadion will no doubt prove to be a lot of fun as you recreate those perfect Anna Karena moments. Choose between whizzing around the speed-skate circuit or why not get all fancy on the figure skater's inner field? If, however, you're more Mr. Bean than Torville and Dean, then bite your tongue (hopefully not literally!) and try not to take yourself too seriously.
Berlin isn't known for its natural rock formations, so if you fancy a little scrambling action then you'd best find a climbing hall. Magic Mountain is the biggest in the city, and in fact the whole of Europe, so that even experts amongst you are likely to find that a challenge awaits. After you've worked up a sweat mastering the 50ft walls you can return to 'base-camp' where you will find fitness and sauna facilities, steam bath, spa area, internet café and beer garden - as well as medical assistance if those tendons are playing up again. There are special days for women only, students and also family days...
Some people like to go abroad to soak up the unique atmosphere of a foreign city, to wander leisurely around the museums, to take photos of the evocative architecture and to watch the world go by from the confines of a cosy cafes... Others like to rip around a kilometre of racing track in a pocket FI car, performing outrageously-dangerous overtaking manoeuvres on their best mates - and then flipping them the birdie! If you one of the 'others' then a trip north to Templiner, Uckermark is definitely for you. After you have torn up the circuit, why not take a pitt-stop at the 'F1 Restaurant', which serves up hearty dishes of traditional German grub?