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Fun activities in Berlin

- Sports
Gyms
College Sports / “Hochschulsport”
Other sports clubs and hobby leagues
- Wellness
Indoor swimming pools
Spa’s, Wellness Centers, Sauna’s, etc.
- Winter activities
Ice-Skating
Toboggan run
Chrismtas markets (“Weihnachtsmarkt”)
- Summer activities
Lake shores & swimming areas
Public Swimming Pool / “Freibäder”
Parks
Summer sports
Beach bars
Open-air movie theaters (“Freiluftkinos”)
- Further links


Sports

Gyms
The following list provides the top 3 gym chains in Berlin voted by fellow students.

Company

Monthly Student Payment

Initial payment / admission

Comment

McFit

16.90 €

19.00 €

Open 24/7, showering costs 0.50 € extra/per shower, no work-out classes, no Sauna

SuperFit

18.50 €

19.00 €

Open 24/7, new equipment, showering costs 0.50 € extra/per shower, all types of work-out classes, Sauna available

Fitness First

29.00 - 45.00 €

0.00 € - 200.00 € depending on current promotion incentive

Middle-class with work-out classes, wellness area and partly even pool, prices may differ due to club type and promotion incentives, some of Fitness First Gyms are only for women.
They offer a FREE trial session!



Low end: The HU provides a gym in Mitte which can be used for 6 months for only 60.00 €:

High end: The most exclusive and expensive gyms / wellness centers in Berlin are
Holmes Place
Aspria
Meridian Spa

This website provides an extensive list of gyms in Berlin

To find gyms which are located closest to you check out this site and enter your zip code

College Sports "Hochschulsport"
Here you will find any kind of sports offered for a very low payment:

HU-Berlin

TU-Berlin

FU-Berlin

HTW-Berlin

Other sports clubs and hobby leagues

IIf you are committed to a certain sport type like soccer, basketball et, you should check on clubs to join since there are several in Berlin.

We have checked for you the most liked sports:

Soccer clubs
Basketball clubs
Karate
Canoe
Ping-Pong
Volleyball
Swimming

You couldn’t find your favorite? You will find it here

Wellness

Here you will find all state run indoor swimming pools (some provide wellness areas and Saunas) for a low price. For a student discount, show your student ID before paying

This is a selection of rather pricey Spa’s, Wellness Centers, Sauna’s, etc:
-        Aspria Spa & Sporting Club
-        Meridian Spa
-        Holmes Place
-        Liquidrom
-        Badeschiff (video about it)
-        Tranxx Schwebebad
-        Float Berlin
-        Hamam in der Schokoladenfabrik (women only... sorry guys!)
-        Thermen am Europa Center
-        Tropical Island (1,5 hours away from Berlin, but it feels like a short holiday)
-        Gewölbesauna
-        Kaminsauna

Winter activities

-        Ice skating

Tip: During During the x-mas season it is also nice to do some ice-skating at the Potsdamer Platz <sights>, since it gives you a little bit of that NewYorkCity-Ice-Skating-Feeling.

-        Toboggan run (“Rodeln”) Tip: Once the city is full of snow, Berliners go toboggan running in a park nearby <parks>
-        Indoor skiing


Christmas markets "Weihnachtsmarkt"

Some Christmas markets open in November, but most of them will not open until the 1st of December and are traditionally open until Christmas Eve "Heiligabend" the 24th of December. Since everyone loves Christmas markets, last years some markets on Kurfürstendamm stayed open until New Year’s Eve.
The most famous ones are at Gendarmenmarkt, Kurfürstendamm, Schloss Charlottenburg, Unter den Linden (Opernpalais) and Rathaus Spandau. The following link provides an overview of all "Weihnachstmärkte."
Tip: "Glühwein" (hot spiced wine punch) is the ultimate drink at the “Weihnachtsmarkt”.

IIn case you get depressed during the winter season, we recommend you to take a sun bath in a solaria or take a short trip to Tropical Island, where you can even stay over the night.

Summer activities

Lake shores & swimming areas
-        Wannsee & Strandbad Wannsee
-        Krumme Lanke
-        Müggelsee & Strandbad Müggelsee
-        Plötzensee & Freibad Plötzensee
-        Am Weißensee & Strandbad Am Weißensee
-        Baggersee Biesdorf

Public Swimming Pools "Freibäder"

Here you will find all state run outdoor swimming pools for a low price. For a student discount, show your student ID before paying.

A lot of people also like the private run "Badeschiff"

Parks

Berliners love to sit out in the sun, getting tanned, reading a book, doing a picnick…simply hanging out.
Other students recommend the following:

- Tiergarten
- Mauerpark
- Viktoriapark

- Volkspark Hasenheide
- Former Flughafen Tempelhof used to be an airport but has opened in summer 2010 as a big public park

- The former Görlitzer Bahnhof used to be a train station. Today it is a park.
- Lietzenseepark
- Volkspark Friedrichshain
- Buga (big, beautifull & flowerfull, but they charge a cover of about 2 €)
Here you will find the top 10 rated picnic parks as well as the top 10 gardens
Since the crowd in the parks differs, we suggest you go out to discover your favorite one.

Tip: There is a beer garden called "Cafe am Neuen See" in the Tiergarten. There you can also rent little canoes and paddle around in the water. Canoeing is also fun at Schlachtensee.

Summer sports
- Volleyball at Beach Mitte

Beach bars
After lying around the whole day at the waterside or a park we Berliners love to go for a nice cold beer at one of our beach bars. Find the top 10 beach bars here.

Open air movie theaters "Freiluftkinos"
You don’t go to movie theaters in summer? Bet you will in Berlin!

For more fun activities, please also check out those websites:
Berlin for free
Berlin Top 10's by category
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