Just like in many other countries, tennis is one of the most popular sports in Germany as well. With famous players like Boris Becker, Michael Stich and Steffi Graf the sport has a rich history. In Germany about 15% of the population plays the racket-sport and it is getting increasingly popular in the last couple of years. All of this is not different for its capital city, there are many different opportunities if you like to play tennis in Berlin.
Update: Tennis in Berlin during Corona
The limitations because connected to Corona locked us in our homes for many weeks. In the end of April, the great news was shared that tennis was allowed again in Berlin. I am not aware of the corona-rules in other Berliner clubs but at the Treptower Teufels (#2 in the list below) the members have to stick to the following rules to make sure there will be no corona setback :
- Do not share a bench
- No high-fives, handshakes or and body-contact
- After playing tennis, players should go home straight away
Only single games are allowedDoubles allowed since the 15th of May
- If possible, arrive at the courts with your tennis-clothes on already
- No showering possible
- You are only allowed to play after booking online (for free)
Tennis in Berlin
Only in the province Brandenburg-Berlin, there are already 197 registered tennis-clubs. Obviously a large amount of these clubs are located in Berlin. Most of the tennis-courts in Berlin are located in the western part of the city. This has to do with the the Berliner Wall: The city was divided in two parts and the west was more wealthy than the east. After the war, tennis in Berlin was still a sport for the upperclass and only the richer habitants were able to play it for many years. But times have changed and playing tennis in Berlin is available and affordable for almost everybody since many years.
What does a club-membership in Berlin cost?
One of the first questions you might ask yourself is: How much does a membership in a tennis-club in Berlin cost? We have compared quite a lot of clubs and the prices vary quite a lot. The upperclass-clubs go up to 500 Euro but there are also plenty of places where you can be a member for around 200-250€. Some of the clubs also expect you to pay a registration fee. For people who are not sure they will live in Berlin for a long time this might be less interesting. In our comparison of the tennis-clubs in Berlin below, we have also added this information.
Can you play tennis without a membership?
Is it allowed to play tennis in Berlin without being a member? Yes it is! Most of the tennis-clubs we checked allow visitors without a membership to play tennis on their courts. Often you will have to pay a one time fee and in that case you can use the court for a limited amount of time. It is always important that you follow the rules of the club: Always wear the right shoes and know what you have to do if a member wants to play on the court you are currently playing. It’s best to check out the websites of the tennis-clubs to make sure you know their policy around guests.
Five great tennis-clubs in Berlin
You can play tennis in Berlin in almost every part of the city but the clubs differ in price, amount of courts and guest-policy. Besides that, most tennis courts in Berlin offer clay courts but there are also some clubs who other surfaces. When you are planning to play some tennis in the near future, it can be helpful to keep all these factors in mind. Therefore we have listed some of the best tennis-clubs in Berlin in this article for you.
1. Central and affordable: SV Berliner Brauereien
The tennisclub SV Berliner Brauereien has more often been referred to as “The club of the people”. The club is located in the Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg and the story goes that SV Berliner Brauereien was the first club who brought the game tennis back to the middle-class in Berlin. The tennis courts are located in the middle between a lot of threes and the club advertises with their laidback atmosphere and many after-the-game events.
Only 12 Euro per court for guests
If you want to play without being a member, you can. During the day, it costs 12 Euro per court for 1 hour and 20 Euro for two hours. If you want to play during the night it costs 15 Euro per hour + 2 Euro for the lights. You do not have to make a reservation in advance, you can just go there and arrange it. Members have priority so it is smart to go on weekdays between 10.00 and 16.00.
If you decide to play more often it might be smart to become a member. You will have to pay a one time fee of 200 Euro but after a few years it will definitely will pay off because the yearly contribution is 200 Euro. This is one of the lowest contributions to play tennis in Berlin. The fact that the courts are lit up is also a great benefit, this enables you to play tennis after dark.
Name: SV Berliner Brauereien
Address: Hohenschönhauser Str. 76, 10369 Berlin
Amount of courts: 6
Price for guests?: Yes, 12 euro per hour
Price per year for membership: 200€ (140€ for students)
Registration fee: 200 Euro
2. Friendly club in the east: Treptower Teufels
If you live or stay in the east of Berlin you can consider playing tennis at the Treptower Teufels. This tennis-club is located not far from the Treptower Park and has 8 outside courts. I am a member in this club myself and love the friendly atmosphere and well maintained courts. Besides that the terrace and roof of the small bar/restaurant offer a great place to have a beer after the match.
Free training for new members
A membership at the Treptower Teufels costs 270€ per year. A great thing is that new members are entitled to free beginner-training during the first year. This is a great way to get to know new people and get your previous form back. I’ve had an hour of training with the trainer (Stephan) myself and can only recommend his capabilities.
In the winter you can play on two courts in an indoor hall which is build up by the members of the club themselves. This is part of the philosophy of the club: Every member of the Treptower Teufels is expected to do at least 5 hours of work on and around the courts every year.
Name: Treptower Teufels
Address: Köpenicker Landstraße 186, 12437 Berlin
Amount of courts: 8
Price for guests: 10 Euro per person
Price per year for membership: 270€
Registration fee: No
Website: Website Treptower Teufels
3. Perfect without membership: SG Am Hain
A place to play tennis in Berlin which is definitely interesting for tourists is SG am Hain. These tennis courts are literally located in the middle of Volkspark Friedrichshain and therefore the courts are very easy to find. Besides the fact that it is very easy to reach, you can also combine a visit to this club with an afternoon in the park. Unfortunately there are only 3 courts available so it is possible that they are occupied when you want to play.
No Membership? No problem
At SG am Hain guests are more than welcome. You can play a round of tennis for 12€ per hour and you do not have to be a member anywhere. It is important that you bring the right clothing though. As mentioned, there are only three courts so it is smart to play on least popular hours. The courts are closed on Monday’s by the way. You can make an online reservation and see exactly which courts are still available.
Name: SG am Hain
Address: Marienburger Strasse 30, 10405 Berlin
Amount of courts: 3
Price for guests: 12 Euro
Price per year for membership: Unknown
4. Surrounded by green: TC Grün-Weiß-Grün
If you do not mind to take a small drive, it might be worth the time to visit the Berliner Tennisclub Grün-Weiß-Grün. This club is located northwest of Berlin and is totally surrounded by nature and lays close to a lake. With a cosy canteen, which used to be an old horse-stable, this tennis-club offers a very nice atmosphere. The tennisclub has 6 courts with both clay and grass as surface.
Special courts for non-members
This club offers three extra courts for visitors who are not a member (yet). The courts are located closely to the club itself and are part of a so called Freizeitpark. You can pick up the key for these courts at the restaurant of Grün-Weiß-Grün. The prices are very reasonable: You can already play an hour of tennis for 10 Euro. If you would like to be a member at this tennisclub in Berlin, the yearly contribution is 320 euro.
Name: TC Grün-Weiß-Grün 1919 Tegel
Address: Gabrielenstr. 74, 13507 Berlin
Surface: Clay, grass
Amount of courts: 6
Price for guests: 10 Euro per person
Price per year for membership: €320
Registration fee: No
Website: Website GWG
5. Large club in the west: SCC Berlin
Earlier we already concluded that tennis in Berlin used to be quite an elite-sport. As we speak, you can see that the west of Berlin still has the larger clubs with more courts and more impressive properties. The tennis-club SCC Berlin, which is located in Charlottenburg, fits in this last category. This club has almost 8.000 members and is one of the 5 largest sport-clubs in Berlin. Besides tennis you can become a member here if you like ice-hockey, kung-fu, soccer, American football and about 20 other sports.
19 Courts and 750 members
That SCC Berlin is one of the larger and more luxury tennisclubs in Berlin, also influences the prices. Being a member costs 470 Euro each year and besides that you also have to pay a 250 Euro registration fee. If you want to play as a guest you can book the inside-courts for 15-20 euro an hour. On their website you can find more information and you can also make an online reservation there.
Name: Tennis-Club SCC
Address: Waldschulallee 45, 14055 Berlin
Surface: Clay, carpet
Amount of courts: 19 (14 outside and 5 inside)
Allowed to play as guest?: Yes, 20 Euro per hour
Price per year for membership: 470 Euro
Registration fee: 250 Euro
Summary of tennis in Berlin
As you can read in this article, there are plenty of possibilities if you want to play tennis in Berlin. If you want to play for once, it might be beneficial to become friends with someone who is a member at one of the tennisclubs. You will pay less and normally you will be able to play longer than one hour.
If you want to play tennis in Berlin at a regular basis you should consider becoming a member at one of the clubs. First you have to decide how large your budget is and what you are looking for in a tennis-club. At some of the clubs membership only costs 200€ but others are 5 times as expensive. To summarise all the prices of tennis in Berlin, you can find a small table below:
|Yearly Price |
|SG Am Hain||12€||—||3|