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Fitness Centres

Gyms in Berlin vary greatly in style, price, equipment and scene, so it’s best to take a good look at what is available in your area before joining. Contracts usually have a six-month minimum, and you can expect to pay much, much more for shorter contracts. Many gyms have multiple locations, and for an extra fee tacked onto your contract you can avail yourself of all the city’s locations.

Some decent centres are listed below, but keep an eye out for local independent places that might be more convenient or cheaper. A good place to check is http://www.citysports.de (only in German).

Swiss Training
Immanuelkirchstr. 14, 10405 Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg, Tel: 443 58 344
http://www.swiss-training.comNOT open on Sundays. Extensive class schedule, but no free weights.

Healthland - Fitness International
Behrenstr. 48, 10117 Berlin - Mitte, Tel: 20 63 53 00
No website, but has four locations and is used by the rich and famous of Berlin.

Fit Sportstudio
Richard-Wagner-Platz 5, 10585 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 342 65 02
No website, four locations as well, and English-speaking staff. Serious about working out, and not much of a social scene.

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Golf

While you’re not going to find any courses within the city limits, the area’s golf courses are within easy driving and public transportation distance.

Sporting Club Berlin Scharmützelsee e.V.
Parkallee 3
D-15526 Bad Saarow
Telephone +49 33631 63300
http://www.sporting-club-berlin.com
Three 18-hole courses (designed by Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo and Stan Eby, respectively) and one 9-hole par three designed by Jake McEwan; covered, heated driving range; practice area; small restaurant and changing rooms, as well as massages are available to members and visitors.

Berliner Golfclub Stolper Heide e.V.
Am Golfplatz 1
D-16540 Stolpe
Telephone +49 33 03 5 49-214
Email only, Info@golfclub-stolperheide.de
Small restaurant and changing rooms are available.

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Tennis

After football, tennis is the second most popular sport in Berlin with over a million members in the German Tennis Federation (http://www.dtb-tennis.de).

Public courts are widely available, both indoors and outdoors. Many sporting centres and health clubs will also have courts as part of their facilities.

Non-members will be expected to pay around €15 for a court.

A sample of courts to consider are listed below:

Grunewald Tennis Club
Flinsberger Platz 8-14,
Charlottenburg
030 825 3028
http://www.grunewald-tennis-club.de

Internationaler Tennis-Club Berlin
Kurt-Schumacher-Damm 160A,
Reinickendorf
030 4170 4631
http://www.itc-berlin.com

Havellandhalle
Alte Dorfstraße 32,
Spandau
030 333 3335
http://www.berlin-tennis.de

To find a court closest to you, visit http:www.isb-berlin.net

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