Friedrichshain has much to offer for sporty people. As I was scouting locations for my new travel guide in Friedrichshain, I found a lot of gems in this Kiez. So here are my Top 5 sporty activities in Friedrichshain.
The Kegel is a former bunker in the RAW area. In addition, an adjoining building was converted into a bouldering hall, so you can climb indoor and outdoor and round the cone. There are also a few climbing routes at the tower, which lead to the top for summit register and a lovely view (2 rope lengths). The Kegel is the most favourable climbing hall of Berlin.
Der Kegel, Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin (Friedrichshain), www.derkegel.de, Station: S3, S5, S7, S9, S75, U1, U3 Warschauer Straße
This skatepark offers ledges, gaps, hubbas, rails, banks and transitions in different shapes and sizes all crafted from the smoothest concrete. From absolute beginners, motivated and advanced amateurs, all the way to the world’s top professionals – this skatepark offers fun and challenging terrain for every skill level. Whether it's raining, snowing or freezing cold, the skatepark Nike SB Shelter offers pure skating pleasure all year. On over 800 m² you can find a street course built of the finest concrete. The variety of the ramps leaves no wish unfulfilled. Besides the indoor vertramp, bowl and mini ramp they provide an climbing cone, an open-air cinema, a summer garden and a café. Also premieres of skateboard videos or show events take place here (just check their website).
Skatehalle Nike SB Shelter, Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin (Friedrichshain), www.nikesbshelter.com, Mon, Tue, Thu 14-20h, Wed, Fr 14-24h, Sat-Sun 13-20h
If this is not enough, you can move on to the skate park Dog Shit. Beside curbs, a rail and a hip, the demanding quaters with concrete paving slabs as cooping gets the adrenaline pumping in skaters of all abilities.
Dog Shit Spot at Warschauer Straße, 10245 Berlin (Friedrichshain), Station: S3, S5, S7, S9, S75, U1, U3 Warschauer Straße
The benches of the Warschauer Straße are a true bedrock of the skate scene in Berlin. Between the streetcar rails you can find a row of benches with metal surface, which invite to skaters to try one trick after the other.
Warschauer Straße, 10245 Berlin (Friedrichshain), Station: S3, S5, S7, S9, S75, U1, U3 Warschauer Straße
Since 2010, the Ostbloc bouldering hall can be found close to Ostkreuz, directly at the Rummelsburger Bucht. Moreover, the inside terrace of the former warehouse offers a wonderful view of the happenings surrounding and the river Spree. And a tip, for those who have a lot of energy, the club Sisyphos is just round the corner.
Hauptstraße 13, 10317 Berlin (Friedrichshain), www.ostbloc.de, Station: S3 Rummelsburg
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