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Here you'll find a list of sites I found helpful or inspirational or both.  If you are new to climbing and want to climb either in the north of Germany or Berlin, you might appreciate the links to indoor places and databases for actual topos and regions.

Indoor Climbing

Hannover

There are several indoor climbing places in Hannover.  I have only checked out Campo and the Escaladrome.

Campo

You'll find some interesting routes on 800 square meters at Campo.  The maximum height is 12 meters.  They have a roof section and structured artificial rock.  In addition to normal lead and toprope areas, you have routes with Topaz, which allow you to climb on your own.  There is a small bouldering section with a variety of problems.

One of the drawbacks is that it is part of an amusement park - the noise level is much higher than in other indoor places, and it is not cheap. You have a lot of people trying to climb there for the first time as part of their day at the amusement park, as you can avail yourself of many other interesting sports activities, if you are such inclined - some of which incur an additional charge on top of the € 14 entrance fee. However, they do have a happy hour after six (entry is € 8,50 then) and a special discount for DAV members (€ 10,50). Students don't get discounts there.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.  The routes range from UIAA 3 to 10- (5.4 to 5.13a).

Escaladrome

The Escaladrome has 300 square meters of bouldering problems of all difficulty levels, in addition a few torture instruments to bring your muscles up to speed. The atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed, the staff creates a cozy atmosphere with barbeques and a little cafe to kick back and relax between sessions. For all people drawn to bouldering, this is the place to go, even when it is not raining.

There are regular training groups there, check their timetable if you don't want to run into their busiest times. The regular entrance fee is € 7,50 - they have discounts for students and the unemployed.

Level Up

From what I understand Level Up is a combination of a fitness gym, wellness area and climbing facility. As in a regular gym, you have a nominal registration fee of € 49,95 and then it's € 34,95, presumably monthly? As I'm not living in Hannover, this is a little too steep for my budget, so I'm afraid I can't check it out.

All these three have a root site called hannover-heights, where you find descriptions of the current available routes and the occasional comment on them.

Hildesheim

Climbing Gym of the DAV

The climbing gym of the Hildesheim section of the DAV is located at the Hildesheim University. It is 6,80 m high and has routes ranging from UIAA 3 to 10- (5.4 to 5.13a). You don't have to be a member to climb there, but you either need to know what you are doing or arrange for an introductory lesson with Claudia or others (see website). They now offer courses for beginners and intermediates as well.

IG-Bouldern e.V. Boulder room

This is a bouldering facility set up and owned by the IG-Bouldern e.V. Hildesheim.  It offers a variety of problems, mostly overhanging. I haven't been there for a while, since it is privately owned, and you should go there, when actual members of the IG-Bouldern are present. You'll find contact details on their site.

Berlin

T-Hall

T-Hall is located in Neuköln, Berlin. It offers a variety of routes, a gym and a sauna. It is a pleasant place, which can get very busy on the weekends. The entrance fee is € 12,50, but you get discounts for students and DAV members of the Berlin section. There are very easy shorter routes for kids and beginners, but also very hard ones for the pros - I couldn't find any detailed info about that on their site, but I would guess it's about UIAA 3 to 10 (5.4 - 5.13b).

They also have a small bouldering area with some pretty tricky problems.

All in all a very nice place, my personal favourite at the mo.

Magic Mountain

Another place I haven't been to personally. From what Rikita tells me, it is quite nice and offers a variety of routes (again no info on their site). The entrance fee of € 14 is somewhat steep, but you get discounts for students and special offers. I'll have to go there some day to check out the problems that are doing her head in.

Bouldering Area of the Kegel

The Kegel has a small bouldering gym with a variety of routes. It is comparatively cheap ( € 4, € 3 concession). This is where I had my first contact with climbing, so I will always look back fondly at it.

 

Outdoor Climbing

Artificial Rock

Berlin

The Kegel

The Kegel is a massive old tower, 18 m high (with the roof), 10,7 m to the ledge where most routes end. The 72 routes range from 3+ to 10 (5.4 - 5.13c/d). You'll find a variety of problems there, with artificial holds and structures chiseled into the concrete. In spring the proprietors open the outdoor bouldering section - you can also boulder indoors or on the kegel itself. You can rent ropes, shoes, harnesses and quickdraws.  The entrance fee is low, € 2,50 for climbing outside (€ 2 concessions) and € 4 indoors (€ 3 concessions). The indoor charge includes climbing outdoors.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable - the whole thing is part of an alternative cultural and sports center, so you have ample opportunity to relax and kick back with a coffee or other beverages.

Kirchbachspitze

The Kirchbachspitze is artificial rock garnished with artificial holds, but also very well structured. It has routes ranging from 3 to 8+ (5.4 - 5.12b). Usage is free of charge. You can find topos here: Kirchbachspitze_topos.pdf. There are also opportunities to boulder there, else you have routes including grooves, edges and even a tiny overhang. It is rarely crowded, but nevertheless busy most of the times - unless you go there in the mornings. There are two main sections, one around 5 or 6 m, the other 12,5 m.

Other places in Berlin

There are several other climbing places in Berlin, the most famous ones being the Bunker and the Teufelsberg tower. Since I have not climbed in any of those, I would like to refer to the page in the link for further info and topos of the areas.

Rock Climbing and Bouldering Areas

Northern Germany

Bodensteiner Klippen

The Bodensteiner Klippen are located near Bockenem, roughly 40 km away from Hildesheim. You'll find routes ranging from 1 to 9 (5.2 - 5.12d) on the sandstone rocks, both sport and trad routes, mostly a combination of both. The northern part of the area is privately owned and apparently the owner isn't exactly happy about people climbing there. However, according to the IG-Klettern Niedersachsen e.V., it is perfectly legal. There is a climbing agreement in place for the southern part, and a proposal for the north - which have been negotiated with the local authorities, so please adhere to it. The sandstone can be quite brittle, especially after rain, so please make sure the rock has dried up sufficiently to avoid destroying routes.  There aren't any topos available on the net as yet, so I am planning to put those up in my topos section - however, you can find some route descriptions on the routes database of climbing.de (you'll have to chose "Weser Leine Bergland" under "DB wählen" (left top) and then "Bodensteiner Klippen" in "ODER Gebiet"). You can find details of the agreement on the IG-Klettern site. For those of you who do not speak German - all rocks marked I are barred from climbing, all rocks marked II allow for climbing on established routes, all routes marked III allow for putting up new routes. The "Felskopf offen" or "gesperrt" refers to the top of the rock, which might be open (offen) or barred (gesperrt) for environmental reasons.

I am planning to spend quite some time there, as it is the area closest to my hometown and in reasonable cycling distance. I will update this section and put up topos as soon as I can get hold of some out of print books and have Rikita do her magic with her camera.

Harz

The Harz is a vast area with different types of rock - predominately granite though. UK fans of hard grit will feel right at home.

There are several great sites for information and topos. I would recommend the IG-Klettern Niedersachsen site for an overview of the currently free areas and routes in the Westharz and Südharz. You can find great topos for the Westharz at this site: www.bergefelsundeis.de/.

The best area for bouldering is certainly the Okertal. I would recommend the book HarzBlock by Heiko Apel (it's got some English pages in the back with helpful information). However, you can find topos and infos in the boulder.db of www.kletternimnorden.de

I will add to this and the following section with some personal impressions, once I have started climbing there, which, health and time permitting, will be some time during the spring.

Ith

The Ith is one of the most popular climbing areas in Northern Germany. The limestone offers a variety of routes, which attracts both beginners and serious climbers. There is an actual route database including topos available on www.kletternimnorden.de.

Training, information and inspiration

There are so many interesting sites out there - one could actually spend most of the time reading about climbing. However, right now I am busy trying to put up this site here, so I suppose many more hopefully useful links will follow. For the time being, I'd recommend this one above all: Dave MacLeod's site.