The last couple of years Stand Up Paddling got increasingly popular in Berlin. This summer all you only to do is walk past the Spree and you will probably see some stand up paddlers. Stand up paddling, (or supping as some people like to call it) enables you to get away from the busy touristic spots, enjoy the water and do some exercise as well. In this article we will try to cover as much as possible regarding stand up paddling in Berlin so you do not have to miss out on this lovely activity.
Not interested in an introduction? Click on the following links and jump straight to our selected places to rent a stand up paddling-board in Berlin:
Where does it come from?
Stand up paddling was originated in Hawaii. Back in the days many fisherman already used this method because the equipment is affordable and you can still reach great fishing-spots. Many years later, in 2013, stand up padding was the outdoor activity in America with the most first-time participants. A few years later it got popular in Europe and Berlin as well and as mentioned it is one of the most popular summer-activities in 2018.
What is stand up paddling
In the end stand up paddling is nothing more and nothing less than standing on a surfboard and moving around on the water. The great thing is that you do not need experience or a lot of skills to be able to do it. You always start by sitting on the board and getting comfortable. Then after a while, when you feel confident enough you stand up (or even use sitting on your knees as a step in between). Although most people can do it you should not underestimate stand up paddling, you will have to use a lot of different muscle-groups to pick up some speed. During the whole time you are keeping your balance and paddling against the stream can be challenging. Obviously you can always decide to sit on the board and just float around to get away from the busy touristic spots in Berlin.
Stand up paddling in Berlin
In Berlin there are several companies where you can rent equipment for stand up paddling. Obviously the prices, location and conditions differ from place to place. A few places are located directly in the center of Berlin but others are based close to the nice lakes surrounding Berlin. In the end it all depends on what you are looking for and how much time and money you want to invest. But to make it easier to compare the different options, we have created a list with the best places to rent equipment for stand up paddling in Berlin. If you have any suggestions, please share them with other readers in a comment.
Below you can find four places to rent supping-boards in Berlin:
1. Stand Up Club (Spree)
Obviously it is great to go supping and see some interesting sights of Berlin at the same time. The eastern part of the Spree is perfect for supping: You will be able to see touristic places like the Warschauer Brücke and the Molecule Man from up real close. You can rent a board from a company called Stand Up Club, which is located inside the property of the famous Badeschiff. The great thing is that you can combine stand up paddling with visiting this unique swimming pool inside the Spree. Another great thing is that there is a large area with music and drinks here as well.
The first hour of renting a board at the Stand Up Club costs 12 euro and every additional hour costs 10 Euro. If you want to rent a board for a full day (8h), you will have to pay 50 Euro. You can also rent a so called Big Board, which can fit four people on it at the same time. This could be great for groups or families. The Stand Up Club is the easiest location for stand up paddling if you do not want to travel far, you can reach the entrance of the Badeschiff by foot from station Treptower Park. The only disadvantage is the fact that you have to get into the Badeschiff first: So you will have to stand in line and also will have to pay entrance.
Name of the Water: Spree (Eastern Part)
Renting-Company: Stand Up Club
Address: Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin
Price per hour: 12 Euro + Entrance Badeschiff
Opening-Hours: Weekdays 12.00 – 21.00; Weekend 10.00 – 20.00
2. Steh Paddler (Schlachtensee)
The Schlachtensee is one of the nicest spots to go for a swim close to Berlin: It has very clear water and there is plenty of space to chill directly at the water. The water is located in the south-west of Berlin and can be reached directly with the S-Bahn: It will take you about 35 minutes with the S1 from station Friedrichstraße. Besides chilling you can also do some stand up paddling in the Schlachtensee: You can rent SUP-boards at a company called Steh Paddler.
A company called Steh Paddler will rent you a board for one hour for 15 Euro. You will get a small discount of 1 Euro if you book online (see website below). A full day of 8 hours will cost 60 Euro. I would personally recommend to go supping at the Schlachtensee in the late afternoon because the temperatures are just a bit nicer. Do not underestimate the exercise of stand up paddling.
Name of the Water: Schlachtensee
Renting-Company: Steh Paddler
Address: Fischerhüttenstraße 136, 14163 Berlin
Price per hour: 15 Euro
Opening-Hours: 10.00 – 20.00
3. Nalani (Müggelsee)
Another option for stand up paddling in Berlin is located at the Müggelsee in the east of Berlin. This water is a little harder to reach with public-transport but if you have a car it is quite easy to get there. The Müggelsee is a great place to go supping and personally I love the eastern part of Berlin a lot. The prices of the sup-boards are also a bit lower here. The Müggelsee is also a great place to rent a raft by the way.
The renting company in this area of Berlin is called Nalani Supsurfing and you can already rent a board for one hour for only 10 Euro. Keep in mind that this will mean you will get a starter-board: If you want a more advanced board you will have to pay 15 Euro. On sunny summer-nights Nalani sometimes stays open till the sunset, which is obviously a great thing to experience.
Name of the Water: Müggelsee
Address: Müggelseedamm 216, 12587 Berlin
Price per hour: 10 Euro
Opening-Hours: 10.00 – 20.00 in the summer
4. Stand Up Wannsee (Wannsee)
As mentioned before, it can also be a great idea to travel a bit and visit one of the waters surrounding Berlin to go stand up paddling. If this sounds like fun to you, you might want to consider travelling to the Wannsee, which can be reached from station Alexanderplatz with one direct S-Bahn train. From the station you will still have to walk for about 2,5km but the surroundings are lovely and you can always stop and chill at the water for a bit. You can also choose to take Bus 114 if you want to save all your energy for the supping.
A renting company in this area is called Stand Up Wannsee. Compared to the popular Strandbad Wannsee, it is located on the other side of the Wannsee. Still you could combine some supping with laying on the beach: Just rent a board for a day and paddle to the other side. The prices of the SUP-Boards are similar to the ones of Stand Up Club: Renting a board for 1 hour will cost you 12 Euro.
Name of the Water: Wannsee
Renting-Company: Stand Up Wannsee
Address: Am Großen Wannsee 58 B, 14109 Berlin
Price per hour: 12 Euro
Opening-Hours: 10.00 – 20.00 (Closed on mondays!)
Supping in Berlin summarized
As you can read, most of the options for supping in Berlin are located a bit further outside of the city. Interestingly enough the prices do not get much lower there, so if you do not want to travel that much the Stand Up Club is definitely worth considering. If you like it more quite and want to combine stand up paddling with a swim, you should probably take one of the other alternatives. The water is not so clean in the Spree and the options 2,3 and 4 are also more peaceful and quite. We will definitely do more stand up paddling in Berlin ourselves so hopefully we can update this article soon.