Rock Climbing in Germany
Berlin is not a city for climbers. Unfortunately, it’s flat and doesn’t offer any interesting rock getaways within easy reach. However, if you love the German capital for all the other reasons and still wish to strain the tendons somewhere, you’re unlikely to be disappointed. There are many well-equipped climbing and bouldering gyms in which you can make a first attempts to reach the top or simply build up your strength and stamina for any outdoor conquests. This article will guide you through the walls in the city.
Berlin has three huge gyms to climb with a rope, couple of outdoor concrete towers and the famous Bunker. If you sign in to Der Deutsche Alpenverein (DAV – German Alpine Club), you would be able to use some of these places easily (including special facility called Mercedes-Welt am Salzufer).
Unfortunately, all of the outdoor options for Berlin’s climbers are artificial. The oldest tower for open-air climbing is located in Teufelsberg. It reaches up 9,80m and has over 60 routes. The second one worth trying (Kirchbachspitze in Schöneberg) is higher, but grants only 45 routes.
For indoor climbing, you should head to T-Hall in Neukölln or Magic Mountain in Wedding. Both gyms are relatively big, well equipped (including gym equipment and sauna) and offer both leading and top-rope routes (the ones at Magic Mountain are longer). In both of them, you can boulder too, but it’s more of a warm-up option rather than an alternative to other bouldering places.
Bouldering is defined as climbing without ropes to a height from which you can still jump down. Boulderworx offers something for everyone, whether you are a professional or a beginner. For safety reasons there are thick mats on floor, so it’s a good place for children too.
Magic Mountain is one of newest and largest climbing halls in Europe. It covers an expanse of over 2,500 square meters, complete with vertical walls. In fact, Magic Mountain offers a complete package with climbing courses, walls, new outdoor climbing facilities and climbing shops. It also feature a nice café and wellness centre with a sauna to relax in after tiring exercise.
There are lots of good places to climb in Germany, but MountMitte is the most fun – especially for children. It's an aerial adventure garden, like an urban GoApe. There is lots to explore in this surreal complex, where real Trabant cars are suspended in the air and canoes seem to be flying. You wear a climbing harness and are attached to the vertiginous rope course so you can't fall off. Climbers must be at least 130cm tall to take part.