The competition is centered around the Europa-Sportpark, a unique sports complex, close to the famous Alexanderplatz in the center of Berlin. All swim meets will take place at the Velodrom, whereas the diving and synchronized swimming events will be at the adjoining ‘Schwimm- und Sprunghalle’ (SSE). The historical ‘Regattastrecke Grünau’ provides the venue for the athletes in open water swimming.
All these attractive venues ensure high technical standards for “fast” competition, and also include training pools. The venues SSE and Velodrom are within walking distance to a number of hotels and directly linked to public transportation, which leads you to the sights of Berlin, that are worth the trip.
|Swimming||Velodrom im Europa-Sportpark|
|Diving, Synchronised Swimming||Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europa-Sportpark|
|Open water swimming||Regattastrecke Grünau|
Velodrom – Swimming
The ‘Velodrom’ is one of the most impressive multipurpose arenas in Berlin and Germany. With a diameter of 142 meters, this suspended ceiling structure is unique in Europe and the largest of its kind in the world. The arena was originally built for the cycling competitions as part of the Berlin Olympic Games bid in 2000 and is now a regular venue for the ‘Berliner Sechstagerennen’ (Berlin Six Day Race).
In order to use this extraordinary location for the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships in 2014, a temporary pool will be installed to hold all the swimming competitions. With a maximum capacity of 12,000 spectators and numerous adjoining rooms for press, catering etc. this multifunctional arena is a perfect venue to hold the event. The direct connection to Berlin’s public transport system allows the audience a few minutes to reach a variety of Berlin’s attractions, while waiting for her next favorite race.
In short, the ‘Velodrom’ provides a stunning backdrop which makes it the perfect setting for the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships in 2014; guaranteeing an unforgettable experience.
Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europa-Sportpark (SSE) – Diving and Synchronized Swimming
Both the ‘Velodrom’ and SSE are located within a stunning sports complex that rises only a few feet above the ground. Today, the SSE is now the largest and the only fully accessible indoor swimming competition venue in Berlin. Viewers of the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships 2014 can be fascinated by the graceful movements of synchronized swimmers at the SSE’s competition pool. In the subsequent diving pool, top European divers will present their skills to an international audience. Furthermore, participants of the European Championships are provided with a training and relaxation pool adjacent to the competition area.
A variety of national and international swimming events, like the annual German Championships and the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup have proven the SSE to be an exeptional venue. In the year 2002, the SSE has offered a compelling atmosphere for the European Swimming Championships. In 2011, the IPC Swimming European Championships were also held here. So be there in 2014, to celebrate the successes of top international athletes and European Championship glory.
Regattastrecke Grünau – Open Water Swimming
The historic ‘Regattastrecke Grünau’ is the perfect place for hosting competitions for open water swimming during the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships 2014. It is regarded as one of the most traditional venues in Berlin. Since the Olympic Games, the 5, 10 and 25 km routes have been regularly used for national and international events such as rowing and canoe competitions, as well as dragon boat and motorboat racing. Moreover the natural atmosphere attracted many fans and athletes to Berlin-Grünau for the IPC Swimming European Championships in 2011.