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.
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!