Berlin - Monday saw more snowfall than we've seen in the capital in years. Cross-country skiers were out Monday as well as thousands of kids and parents with their sleds. What better way to forget all corona pandemic for a moment than by hitting the slopes.

Despite its location on a plain, the Hauptstadt offers a number of decent slopes, thanks to the piles of leftover war rubble or Trümmerberge.

Photo: dpa/Christoph Soeder
Be the sled, Danny.

The city's best sledding spots

  • The 120m-high Teufelsberg – the highest point in the city – offers Berlin's fastest toboggan run. Not for the meek.
  • The Oderbruchkippe in Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg in the far east of the district offers a broad, long slope that's not too steep.
  • The Insulaner hill in Schöneberg is a Wessi classic – and even attracts the occasional snowboarder.
  • Perhaps the longest slope, almost 600 metres long, can be found on the Hahneberg in Spandau, a little-visited district on the western fringe of the city.
  • Preußenpark in Wilmersdorf, next to the famous Thaiwiese. Finally another reason to visit Wilmersdorf.  
  • Hasenheide in Neukölln offers a good downhill stretch under the statue of the "father of gymnastics", Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, and plenty of other spacious sledding areas, especially suitable for small kids.
  • In Mauerpark, the steep slope to the west of the stadium can be a little hairy when very full. Also hairy when not full because you'll go faster than you want.
  • The "bunker mountains" – more war rubble – in Volkspark Friedrichshain, have several great runs. The Kleiner Bunkerberg is home to a long purpose-built toboggan track with a pretty step beginning section. Not for novices.
  • Cafe Rodelhütte, about 300m from Onkel Toms Hütte U-Bahn station in Grünewald, is, as the name intimates, adjacent to a pretty great hill in a forest. Despite the posh setting, the cafe (and its menu) is anything but.
  • The Müggelberge in the far southeastern suburbs offer two "summits" - at altitudes of 115m and 88m - and some fine sledding.

Did we miss anything? Tell us your favourite slope!

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