Get Your Skates On!

There is nothing that inspires you to get out on the ice and snow more than a decent snowfall – especially if you can find a charming outdoor rink or a great fluffy slope with a fresh blanket of snow. Berliner’s are passionate about getting out on the ice and snow ice skaters and there is a good selection of ice skating venues, as well as places to sled, across the city. We have chosen just a few for you to consider. Don’t worry – there are indoor options too!

Ice © Aaron Burden

Horst-Dohm Ice Stadium, Charlottenburg

Less than 5 kilometres from the hotel, the Horst-Dohm Eisstadion is said to be Berlin’s largest ice skating venue with both indoor and outdoor rinks, skate hire, dining facilities and decent changing rooms and places to sit and rest after all those laps of the ice. It’s open 7 days a week but the seasons finishes on the 24th of February so if this is your top pick you’d better get your skates on and get there soon!

Ice Skates © Terry Matthews RS

Skate with the locals at Eisstadion Neukölln

Sometimes it’s great to take some time away from the tourist route and see local life when visiting a city. Eisstadion Neukölln is a well loved suburban rink situated at Oderstrasse 182, on the edge of Tempelhofer Park in Neukölln. The stadium is more than 50 years old and has seen generations of local families come and go. Families go there to skate together and ambitious young figure skaters can be seen practising their craft. If you’re lucky you may even see young love blossoming. It’s worth the journey to enjoy the warm and friendly community atmosphere and hear some German voices!

Eisstadion Neukölln is about 30 minutes from the hotel by train (U1 and U8) and you can find information about session times and prices here.

Skating with the locals at Eisstadion Neukölln. Image © Eisstadion Neukölln

Skating with the locals at Eisstadion Neukölln. Image © Eisstadion Neukölln

Sledding in the Parks

You may need to speak to the concierge about where to hire a sled but there are plenty of great parks in Berlin and with some such snow recently, there is plenty of sledding action happening right now – you could even just wander by as a spectator. Our top picks are Temphelfoher Feld at the old Tempelhof Airport (Oderstrasse entrance), Viktoria Park in Kreuzberg (Katzbachstrasse entrance) and the Große Bunkerberg at Volkspark Friedrichshain (Friedenstrasse entrance).

Sledding © Jesse Orrico


Melinda Barlow is an Australian freelance writer and editor, based in Berlin since 2012. Melinda works with print and online media and has a natural curiosity that informs her work. She is passionate about travel and great content. She loves to write most about the world, its people and why we all do what we do.