Whether you’re a graceful gazelle or more of an awkward Bambi on the ice, there’s a place for you at one of Berlin’s many ice skating rinks. Most places offer skate rental (and even lessons for the extra wobbly-legged), so there’s truly something for everybody. While a few rinks have delayed their openings due to soaring energy costs, you’ll still be able to enjoy a good roller disco on the ice – mulled wine in hand.
Sportforum Hohenschönhausen Speed Skating Rink
Boasting a grand, brightly lit ceiling decorated with the flags of the world, the Hohenschönhausen Sports Forum ice rink is a true cathedral of skating. In DDR times it was the training centre for top athletes and future Olympic medallists. The rink is normally reserved for professionals, but it’s open to the public on Sundays. And if you’re in the mood for a bit of a light show, there’s an ice-skating disco every second and fourth Friday of the month from 9pm to 11pm.
- Eisschnelllaufhalle im Sportforum Berlin Konrad-Wolf-Str. 39, Hohenschönhausen details.
Charlottenburg Ice Rink
Located in Berlin’s second biggest sports venue, the Charlottenburg Ice Rink is a solid choice for a day of skating. With skate rental and lockers available, everything’s taken care of. And once you’ve worked up a nice appetite, you can grab a currywurst and cup of mulled wine at the concession stand.
- Eissporthalle Charlottenburg Glockenturmstr. 14, Westend, details.
Strandbad Grünau Ice Rink
The Strandbad Grünau hosts a regular ice skating disco and perfectly kitschy themed evenings from Thursday to Saturdays. You can also try out the full winter experience, as this venue offers a 25-metre toboggan run and market stalls.
- Eisbahn im Strandbad Grünau Sportpromenade 9, Grünau, details.
Rübezahl ice rink at Müggelsee
Although a little out of the way, the Rübezahl Ice Rink at Müggelsee is still definitely worth the visit. Its indoor rink is hardly crowded, so you’ll have plenty of room for all the triple axels you desire, but also enough space to fall down a few dozen times if need be. Finish up your day on the ice at the venue’s bistro, which overlooks the lake.
- Eisbahn Rübezahl am Müggelsee Müggelheimer Damm 143, Köpenick, details.
Lankwitz Ice Rink
Certainly the most family-friendly option on our list, the Lankwitz Ice Rink even offers ice skating classes for the little ones. You can also try out curling and get down on the ice at their all ages-friendly skating disco every Saturday night. The restaurant has a full Christmas menu, complete with goose, red cabbage and, you guessed it, mulled wine.
- Eisbahn Lankwitz Leonorenstr. 37, Steglitz, details.
Neptune Fountain Ice Rink
The 600-square-metre ice rink at the Neptune Fountain in Mitte is the centrepiece of the surrounding Christmas market. Here you can glide around the fountain and enjoy all the festive must-haves like mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwurst stands. But expect crowds of tourists, as this rink is located in a sight-seeing hotspot (nearby the TV Tower, Rotes Rathaus and St. Mary’s Church).
- Eisbahn am Neptunbrunnen Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 8, Mitte, details.
Erika Heß Wedding Ice Stadium Wedding
Named after the former mayoress of Wedding, this rink offers a large open-air skating area and ice hockey rink that’s open to the public. With the help of Christmas music and twinkling lights, the stadium is transformed into a winter wonderland. You’ll have to wait a little longer to enjoy this one though, as its opening has been pushed back to December due to increased energy costs.
- Erika-Heß-Eisstadion Wedding, Müllerstr. 185, Wedding, details.
Horst Dohm Ice Stadium Wilmersdorf
If you value your personal space on the ice, Horst Dohm Ice Stadium Wilmersdorf may be your best bet as it’s by far the largest ice skating facility in Berlin. With a newly-installed sound system and kiosk serving hot chocolate and fast food classics, this rink has it all.
- Horst-Dohm-Eisstadion Wilmersdorf Fritz-Wildung-Str. 9, Wilmersdorf, details.
Neukölln Ice Rink
Just a snowball’s throw from Hermannstraße and with happy hour offers at half price for admission and skate rental, the Neukölln Ice Rink is one of the most popular in Berlin. Unfortunately, due to technical defects, it will now only reopen in early 2023. But when it is up and running again, you can enjoy the fresh winter air while doing your laps on the two outdoor ice rinks.
- Eisstadion Neukölln Oderstr. 182, Neukölln, details.
Friedrichshagen Ice Rink
If you’re a cautious skater, then the Friedrichshagen Ice Rink is probably for you. Here you can rent helmets and knee pads along with your skates. Finish off your day with something from the cafe’s vegetarian and vegan menu and if you get too chilly, cosy up in the fireplace room.
- Eisstrand Friedrichshagen Müggelseedamm 216, Friedrichshagen, details.
Ice rink at the Zenner Inn
The Zenner Inn is really pulling out all the stops this winter. Their outdoor skating area along the Spree is decorated for Christmas, complete with fireplaces, cosy corners and lots of fairy lights. As well as skating, you can also try out curling and even ice hockey. A live DJ is what sets the Zenner Inn’s skate disco apart from the rest. Christmas stalls offer a wide range of seasonal treats such as Brandenburg venison goulash, cheese spaetzle and Belgian waffles with various toppings. Homemade mulled wine and hot chocolate will of course be available too.
- Eislaufbahn am Gasthaus Zenner, Alt-Treptow 15, Treptow, details.
Zehlendorfer Christmas Market Ice Rink
Visitors to this small but cosy Christmas market can skate on the 360 square metre ice rink under the colourfully lit trees of the Dorfaue. For a small snack in between, there are Christmas stalls with the usual classics like bratwurst, mulled wine and roasted almonds.
- Eisbahn am Zehlendorfer Weihnachtsmarkt Kirchstr. 1, Zehlendorf details.