The Harness Racing Course Berlin-Mariendorf

Germany’s most famous harness racing sports facility, the harnes racing track Mariendorf, was ceremonially launched in 1913 and represents the history of this prestigious sports uniquely. Surrounded of chestnut trees, 32 stables enframe the historical ambiance of this 20 hectares area. Over 800 horses can appropriately be accommodated during race days. 

On the harness racing track Mariendorf, in the heart of the multi-million metropolis Berlin, exciting and high class races take place throughout the year. In every season, over 150,000 spectators attend the track. 45 percent of the betting turn-over on german courses is generated in Berlin-Mariendorf. That state, that the Berlin Harness Racing Association (Berliner Trabrenn-Verein e.V.) is the leading german organiser because of its continuous and successful work.

The race track belongs to Berlin’s cultural asset and is an important economic factor. Near Mariendorf you can find the business location Adlershof and the Airport Schönefeld. It is located near of the government district and the economically strong south of Berlin.

The Derby Week - The biggest event series in european harness racing

The socially and sportly most top-class event series is the German Derby-Week with its highlight the German Traber Derby – the most important of classical racing, where the best three year old horses take part in preliminary rounds and finals. The first German Traber Derby was held on 23 March 1895. The harness racing track Mariendorf has been the organiser since 1952. Approximately 700 horses battle about a total earning of one million euros for one week.

You can follow exciting reports and live transmissions in the media as well as on private and public-law TV broadcasters nationwide. Every year, the harness racing track Mariendorf experiences its utterly height of the season. Not only clear increase in sales, more and more spectators come to Mariendorf every year. The total attendance of the German Traber Derby, that is annually held at the first August weekend, is approximately 40,000 guests.

Kaiserlich Endell’sche Tribüne - The crown jewel of the track

The track’s piece of jewellery is the Kaiserlich Endell’sche grandstand. It was ceremonially opened by prince Oskar of Prussia and has been classified as an historical monument. The architect August Endell minted the appearance of this building, which was built in art nouveau. 

Foto: Endell'sche aktuell

The grandstand is the centrum for guests from all over Europe, especially for the highlights of the year, the German Derby Week and the German Breeders Crown Meeting. Approximately 950 people can take their seats on this outstanding VIP stand. You can exclusively watch the races from the terraces and loges. The guests are fed by culinary highlights and drinks from the VIP marquee. The VIP tickets are mostly sold several months before the Derby. From April until October, the grandstand can be rented for every kind of events, such as for firms, events, film recordings and as well as for own race days etc.


The Berlin Harness Racing Association

The Berlin Harness Racing Association carries regularly out up to 50 harness racing events in a year.The socially, culturally and sportly highlight is the annually Derby week. On the last day of the Derby week, that mostly starts at the end of July and ends at the first Sunday in August, is to be decided the final of the German Traber Derby. An utterly, sportly highlight, which is far popular over Berlin’s edges. Other highlights in the calender, like the Adbell-Toddington and the Buddenbrock race, are also of great interest for horse racing fans.

The Berlin Harness Racing Association actually employs 15 employees. At race days, there are even up to 100 employees on the harness racing track and take care of process of the event. 

Apart from horse racing events, the 20 hectares big area offers several opportunities for events, fairs and presentation of every kind. The exquisite equipped rooms for birthday and christmas parties, are very popular at our guests. Please do not hesitate to contact us!