Beach Park Cologne
On three professional courts volley balls are served, passed and blocked from April to the end of September. Players can cool off in the beach bar.
›› Bocklemünd/Mengenich, Freimersdorfer Weg 4, Tel. 0 151/25 35 31 51, www.altespoststadion.de
Playa in Cologne
Five beach volleyball pitches that can also be used for beach handball or beach soccer. Also has a nice sunny beer garden and beach bar, helping to create a vacation feeling in the middle of Cologne.
›› Müngersdorf, Junkersdorferstr., Tel. 5 00 55 60, www.playa.de
Soccer Center Bonn
Three indoor synthetic turf pitches and three outdoor summer beach volleyball pitches keep players on the ball all year round.
›› Bonn-Lessenich, Bonner Logsweg 131, Tel. 0 228/7 48 10 41, www.soccer-center-bonn.de
Soccer Treff Pesch
Two indoor soccer pitches for five-a-side games.
›› Pesch, Waffenschmidt Str. 10, Tel. 965 35 63
Soccer World is the region’s biggest indoor football center and offers the ultimate playing pleasure on 11 pitches. All have professional standard synthetic turf and offer enough space for small and large teams.
›› Lövenich, Otto Str. 7, Tel. 0 22 34/98 84 88, www.hallenfussball.de
Indoor soccer is among the large choice of different sports offered here. You can play until your feet glow on three indoor soccer pitches.
›› Sülz, Rhöndorfer Str. 10-13, Tel. 44 11 69
A multi-choice sports complex with two beach volleyball and two soccer pitches, badminton and fitness training.
›› Bonn-Buschdorf, Otto-Hahn-Str. 96, Tel. 0228/
67 76 75, www.soccermeilebonn.de
You can bash the fine quartz sand at any time of the year on three indoor and three outdoor beach volleyball pitches.
›› 53859 Niederkassel, Gladiolenweg 100, Tel. 0 22 08/40 26, www.indoor-beachsport.de
Climbing fans can scale heights of up to 11 m on over 120 routes in this former railway servicing hall.
›› 51379 Leverkusen, Werkstättenstr. 25, Tel. 0 21 71/5 80 98 78, www.a-werk.com
Bronx Rock Kletterhalle & Kletterwald
You can climb and boulder to your heart’s content in this 2,500 sq m indoor hall. If you have strength for more, there’s a 220 sq m outdoor climbing area with a 5 m high climbing tower and a bouldering facility. Bronx Rock has also just opened a new climbing landscape at Hardtbergbad in Bonn, offering even more climbing variety.
›› 50389 Wesseling, Vorgebirstr. 5, Tel. 0 22 36/89 05 70, www.bronxrock.de
›› Kletterwald, Bonn-Duisdorf, Hardtbergbad, In der Dehlen, Tel. 0 22 36/89 05 68, www.kletterwald-bonn.de
Indoor high wire area as well as a 1,100 sq m wall area and two climbing towers with varying grades of difficulty. Bouldering is also possible.
›› Chorweiler, Weichselring 6a, Tel. 5 34 35 10, www.canyon-chorweiler.de
Climbing fun for beginners and experts in one of Germany’s biggest indoor climbing areas (1,450 sq m). You can climb up to 14 m on routes with different difficulty levels.
›› 50226 Frechen, Ernst-Heinrich-Geist-Str. 18, Tel. 0 22 34/27 34 10, www.chimpanzodrome.de
Climbing as high as 16 sq m on 160 different routes. With its 180 sq m bouldering area with artificial boulders as well as courses for beginners and experts, this is the perfect place for those with climbing fever.
›› Ehrenfeld, Lichtstr. 25, Tel. 5 02 99 91, www.kletterfabrik-koeln.de
ADFC Köln & Bonn
Germany’s national cycling club, the ADFC, organizes cycle rides to many different destinations around Cologne and Bonn and offers lots of useful advice. Occasionally the club has a sale of second-hand cycles.
›› ADFC Kreisverband Köln: Neustadt-Nord, Melchiorstr. 3, Tel. 32 39 19, www.adfc-koeln.de
›› ADFC-RadHaus Bonn: Bonn-Zentrum, Breite Str. 71, Tel. 0 228/6 29 63 64 & 0 228/63 00 15, www.adfc-bonn.de
Call a Bike
Deutsche Bahn rental cycles are parked all over the city. If you want to rent a bike, call the hotline and you’ll be given a code that opens the lock. One minute costs 8 cents, 24 hours cost € 15 (with BahnCard € 9). The first 30 minutes are free if you pay an annual subscription of € 36 (€ 27 for BahnCard holders). Winter break is from mid-December to mid-March.
›› Service-Hotline: 0 700/05 22 55 22, www.callabike-interaktiv.de
Informative cycle route along the Rhine that starts in Bonn and continues through Cologne, Düsseldorf, and beyond to Duisburg. There are signs bearing the route’s logo to help you find your way as well as info boards detailing interesting highlights. If you cycle along the left Rhine bank one way and return on the right bank, you’ll have covered a grand total of 357 km.
›› Bonn-Zentrum, Berliner Platz 2, Tel. 0 228/77 44 84, www.erlebnisweg-rheinschiene.de
Guided city cycle tours that last about three hours. If you want to discover Cologne by bike on your own, you can hire one of the modern city bikes and pedal away.
›› Altstadt-Nord, Markmannsgasse, Tel. 0 171/6 29 87 96, www.koelner-fahrradverleih.de
Cologne Dance Center
Jazz, hip hop, ballet as well as Afro-Samba, contemporary and street jazz – the courses here offer something for every age, level and dance style.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Venloer Str. 41, Tel. 52 88 10, www.colognedancecenter.de
Hip hop for kids, rumba and merengue for couples as well as lessons for singles who are not shy about making new friendships on the dance floor.
›› Sülz, Weißhausstr. 21, Tel. 44 24 20, www.tanzschule-koeln.de
You can experience the magical world of belly dancing at Ellen Varsamis. Beginners and experts swing their hips in the courses and workshops.
›› Sülz, De-Noel-Platz 11, Tel. 73 76 90, www.ellenvarsamis.de
Hop Spot Cologne
Lovers of Lindy Hop meet nightly in a newly renovated studio, Lindy Hop is regarded by connoisseurs as the original form of swing and Hop Spot Cologne is a relaxed place to enjoy swing dancing.
›› Ehrenfeld, Lessingstr. 5, Tel. 0 173/900 89 29, www.hopspot.de
La Danza is closely tied to the passionate rhythms of salsa and tango. The newest developments in Latin American dance are taught here, so you can gyrate to Tango Argentino or Zouk Brazil.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Engelbertstr. 29, Tel. 2 40 66 44, www.la-danza.de
Modern dance school with lots of courses including exotic dances such as a disco version of the foxtrot known as Knotentanz or Friesenrock and also Zouk dancing.
›› Bonn-Zentrum, Maxstr. 7, Tel. 0 228/2 66 68 34, www.max7.de
This dance school has a Cuban flair. You’ll feel like you’re in a dance bar in Havana trying out reggaeton, samba, AfroBrazil or a hot bachata.
›› Ehrenfeld, Keplerstr. 9, Tel. 5 89 03 52, www.omilaye.de
Dance courses for almost every style for couples, singles children and seniors.
›› Bonn-Vilich, Gartenstr. 102, Tel. 0 228/46 22 88, www.tanz-haus-bonn.de
Tanz Fabrik Paulo Franco
As well as samba, jazz, ballet and hip hop, you can learn Capoeira, a Brazilian dance that combines martial arts, music, and dance.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Moselstr. 60, Tel. 2 32 69 19, www.tanz-fabrik.de
If you’ve ever dreamed about stepping on stage like Fred Astaire, the Tap Club is the right place to come. The club has courses for tap dance fans from beginners to experts. To add a little more zest, there are workshops for unusual Latin tap dancing choreography.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Sudermannstr. 1, Tel. 72 61 41, www.steptanz-koeln.de
You can practise whatever the weather on 25 covered teeing grounds. Also a putting green, a chip and pitch area as well as three short courses.
›› 50354 Hürth Fischenich, Bonnstr. 409, Tel. 02233/204 80, www.tincup.de
Golfclub am Alten Fliess
The complex is divided into three nine-hole courses that can be combined as 18-hole courses. Also a training center for beginners.
›› 50129 Bergheim-Fliesteden, Am Alten Fliess 66, Tel. 0 22 38/9 44 10, www.golfplatz-koeln.de
Golfclub Bonn-Godesberg in Wachtberg e.V.
18 courses suitable for elegant and accurate golfers, located in a pretty woodland landscape.
›› 53343 Wachtberg, Landgrabenweg, Tel. 0 228/34 40 03, www.gc-bonn-godesberg.de
Awarded the Premier European Golf Course seal of quality. The 75-hectare golf complex is in the middle of a beautiful landscape with wetland areas. As well as an 18-hole course, there’s a driving range with six covered teeing off areas and about 300 grassy teeing off spots.
›› Flittard, Am Hirschfuß 2-4, Tel. 0 214/50 04 75 00, www.golfclub-leverkusen.de
Golf Course Bonn
Dignified 18-hole course with a golf school and a hotel.
›› 53757 Sankt Augustin, Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 100, Tel. 0 22 41/3 98 80, www.gcbonn.de
Indoor Golf & Lounge
Golf lovers can enjoy their favorite sport even in winter in this 1,300 sq m indoor golfing complex with a golf simulator and fitting station. The only facility of its kind in Germany.
›› Weiden, Kronstädter Straße, Tel. 0 22 34/9 67 61 30, www.indoorgolf-koeln.de
A golf practice center for beginners and experts with 300 teeing off areas and lots of other attractions from an adventure playground to beach chairs.
›› 50226 Frechen, Bonn Str./Gut, Clarenhof, Tel. 0 22 34/94 34 34, www.konzept-golf.com
This public golf complex only 15 minutes from Cologne city center opened in 1995. A highlight is the spacious practice area with a driving range with 35 covered teeing off areas (14 of them covered), two large putting greens as well as a pitching and chipping area with practice bunkers. People interested in golf can play here without complicated rules or the need for membership or a minimum handicap.
›› Roggendorf/Thenhoven, Parallelweg 1, Tel. 0 221/71 61 61 50, www.koelnersportstaetten.de
Racing around at 60 km/h in small but furious 7.5-hp karts – if you can’t get enough of that, here you can bomb around two tarmac tracks with banked curves and tunnels in two giant halls.
›› Hahnwald, Kelvin Str. 5-7, Tel. 0 22 36/87 88 88, www.kartcenter-cologne.de
Michael Schumacher Kart- & Event-Center
You’ll almost feel like Formula One champion Michael Schumacher racing round the 600 m indoor track. There’s also a 710 m outdoor track where you can race in the latest EVO karts. For youngsters there are electric karts. Safety is emphasized and there’s professional advice.
›› 50170 Kerpen-Sindorf, Michael-Schumacher-Str. 5, Tel. 0 22 73/6 01 90, www.ms-kartcenter.de
Le Mans Karting
A 400 m racing track covering 4,000 sq m, which you can conquer in karts with 4-hp – 8-hp. Great fun for young and old.
›› Ossendorf, Köhlstr. 37, Tel. 5 95 23 02, www.lemanskarting.de
Eissporthalle Bergisch Gladbach
It’s not just fun skating here on the regular nights from Monday to Thursday. From Friday to Sundays there’s a skating disco when you can swing and slide to chart hits.
›› 51469 Bergisch Gladbach, Saaler Str. 100, Tel. 0 22 04/6 47 48, www.eissporthalle-bergisch-gladbach.de
Ice Dome Troisdorf
There’s plenty of room for beginners and experts on the 1,800 sq m rink, although only during the cold months from September to April.
›› 53844 Troisdorf, Uckendorfer Str. 135, Tel. 0 22 41/40 02 66, www.icedome-troisdorf.de
A new, unique in Europe, ice-skating racing track on the first floor is ready for skating fans in time for the 2011/2012 season with a 1,800 sq m skating surface. On the ground floor there is a swimming pool with a sauna complex and outdoor sauna garden.
›› Neustadt-Nord, Lentstr. 30, www.koelnbaeder.de
Köln & Bonn Marathon
Cologne’s marathon was launched in 1997 and is very popular with more than 25,000 runners taking part in early October. The route traditionally runs through the city center and is 42.195 km long. It’s also Germany’s third-largest marathon and in-line skaters and racers using hand-powered cycles are welcome to take part. The event includes a half marathon, 10 km run, individual section runs and children’s races. With 700,000 spectators, the marathon resembles a giant party with something new to enjoy every year.
›› Sportpark Müngersdorf/Radstadion, Peter-Günther-Weg, Tel. 33 77 73 11, www.koeln-marathon.de
Laufen in Köln
Web site covering everything to do with running in Cologne including dates of public running events and meetings.
Concentrated on 11,000 sq m are 15 squash and 10 badminton courts as well as a large tennis hall.
›› Neubrück, Neubrücker Ring 48, Tel. 8 90 20 01, www.acr-sportcenter.de
Badminton Center Haribo
Seven badminton courts and a bistro where you can replace the calories you just burned off.
›› Bonn-Dottendorf, Hermann-Milde-Str. 1, Tel. 0 228/23 47 71, www.badminton-center-haribo.de
Large center with 12 badminton courts and a nice eating area.
›› Bonn-Pützchen, Pützchens Chaussee 202, Tel. 0 228/48 04 51, www.badminton-center.de
Work up a sweat on 8 badminton courts with special surfacing that protects joints, 11 squash courts and 3 tennis courts.
›› Sülz, Rhöndorfer Str. 10-13, Tel. 41 10 92, www.sportcenter-kautz.de
Large fitness and course choice, along with four squash courts and a sauna “village.’’
›› Bonn-Beuel, Auguststr. 32, Tel. 0 228/40 36 90, www.sportfabrik.de
A chance for a good work out on two squash courts and five badminton courts. If that’s not enough, there are three indoor and seven outdoor tennis courts.
›› 50389 Wesseling, Im kleinen Mölchen 36-40, Tel. 0 22 32/4 30 18, www.sport-oase.de
Squash and badminton are just two of the attractions at the 20-year-old Sportpark. Fitness training, saunas, food and childcare are among other attractions.
›› 53757 Sankt Augustin, Am Kreuzeck 2a, Tel. 0 22 41/33 42 00, www.sportpark-kreuzeck.de
Squash und Tennis Pützchen
Five national league standard squash courts and four tennis courts. The center is an established promoter of wheelchair tennis.
›› Bonn-Pützchen, Am Herz-Jesu-Kloster 15, Tel. 0 228/48 29 10, www.squash-tennis-puetzchen.de
Nice outdoor area with eight sand courts. Non members are welcome.
›› Marienburg, Heinrich-Lübke-Ufer 18, Tel. 39 34 77, www.tenniskoeln.de
As well as sailing theory, Albatross organizes exciting sailing trips, including trips just for single people to Denmark or Sweden.
›› Ostheim, Henri-Dunant-Str. 41, Tel. 8 90 51 81, www.segel-albatros.de
One of Cologne’s biggest canoe clubs and an accredited training center where you can learn everything from basic paddling to competition skills.
›› Rodenkirchen, Uferstr. 81, Tel. 39 24 32, www.kcg.de
Sailing school that offers training for various certificates including sailing and radio skills. Those wanting to get across the water quicker can rent out jet skis.
›› Junkersdorf, Horbeller Str. 31, Tel. 2 95 37 44, www.sportschiffahrt.de
KRC Köln 71
This rowing club’s boat house is on the pretty Fühlinger lake. Newcomers can try out the sport from 10 am to 1 pm Saturdays.
›› Bickendorf, Am Rosengarten 58, Tel. 5 30 67 51, www.krc71.de
Dinghy, yacht and motor boat training or take part in a sailing trip on the Baltic Sea.
›› Bonn-Buschdorf, Sprottauerstr. 91, Tel. 0 228/66 66 95, www.lord-nelson.de
Sailing Office Segelschule
Various certificates from motor boats to coastal sailing.
›› Neustadt-Süd, Karolingerring 5, Tel. 9 32 27 60, www.segeln-macht-spass.de
Training for budding sailors and motor boat fans for over 40 years.
›› Ossendorf, Rochusstr. 214, Tel. 5 30 11 60, www.sssk.net
Large area with four courses where you can enjoy water skiing and wake-boarding. By the lake there’s a beach bar, restaurant, summer bathing area as well as lots of barbecue spots where you can relax after a strenuous outing on the water.
›› 40764 Langenfeld, Baumberger Str. 88, Tel. 0 21 73/39 46 22 22, www.wasserski-langenfeld.de
Former factory complex that has become one of Cologne’s most popular leisure spots due to its wide variety of sports offerings. In the 1,000 sq m indoor hall there’s a climbing wall, street soccer and in-line skating. Outside skaters and cyclists can enjoy themselves to the full on a spacious “bike&skatepark.’’ Also has a 3,000 sq m area for mountain bikers. Great fun for all the family.
›› Kalk, Christian-Sünner-Str. 8, Tel. 8 80 84 08, www.abenteuer-halle.de