Sports Centre Kienbaum

Kienbaum – Olympic and Paralympic Training Center for Germany is situated in the sector of the municipality Kienbaum, about 35km east of Berlin. Existing houses and buildings were used as a recreation park since 17th September 1949.

Already since 1951 the facility was used by athletes as a recreation place. On 24th June 1952 the whole real estate was officially given to the competitive sports as training facilities. At first it was only the natural conditions of the magnificent scenic location that made the training possible, but in the following decades the sports facilities were extended more and more. Training facilities that offer the best conditions for a lot of sports today developed.

Between 1952 and 1990 the sports facilities were under the administration of the German gymnastics and sports union (DTSB) of the GDR. After the reunion of both German states the utilization of the complex for the training of competitive sports could be secured. Today responsible for the sports operation and also the catering is the Kienbaum – Olympic and Paralympic Training Centre for Germany e.V.. They coached a part of the German competitive athletes in preparation for the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens.

The association will also meet these purposes in the future. Therefore the Sports Centre Kienbaum received in1997 the status as a Federal performance centre (“Bundesleistungszentrum” (BLZ)). Since 1998, in arrangement with the Federal authorities, German Sports Union and the association, they started to redevelop the sports facilities and buildings step by step and build new facilities.  With that the good training conditions for athletes here remain and will be extended in the future.

In 2000 5 pavilions summary with 58 double rooms were newly built and meet modern requirements of a hotel facility. Last year the new three-field ball sports complex including a conference area and the sports medicine was finished, and in April 2002 the urgently needed athlete’s hostel could be handed over to its destination after a short time of reconstruction.  In 2003 the canoe centre, the boat house, a new body building room and the new Finnish Sauna were built.

Short chronicle of the Sports Centre Kienbaum

around the year 1400

the name „Kynbom“ appears in old chronicles and also the landmark of the village: the gnarled „Kynbom“

1400 - 1600

development into a little village with 120 people who work in the field and as beekeepers; it was destroyed twice by fires but always rebuilt

at the beginning of the 20th century

the „Liebenberg-mill“ turns into a sawmill but soon thereafter it is closed down after that the poor people of the village live in these buildings

during WW I and II

utilization of the rooms as an ammunition factory for building grenades


expropriation of the owner and dismantling of the machines

until 1948

unoccupied and then decision to build a recreation park

17th Sep 1949

opening of the recreation park mainly for artists, scientists and state officials

in 1951

on the occasion of the world games, stayed the first domestic and foreign sports delegations in Kienbaum


changing of the function as a recreation park into the sports and training centre Kienbaum


development into a competitive sports school of the German gymnastics and sports union (DTSB) and the GDR

in the 60s

start of an extensive building program with the building of sports facilities and supply utilities


opening of the pressurized cabin to simulate training conditions in heights up to 4000m


completion of a second, separate complex with accommodations, sports facilities and supply utilities – Kienbaum II

until 1990

sports and training operation for competitive sports. A lot of the top athletes of the GDR in sports like track-and-field, canoe, gymnastics, handball, volleyball and cycling, stayed in Kienbaum in preparation for Olympic Games, World Games, European Championships etc.

31st Dec 1990

stoppage of training operation under the administration of the German gymnastics and sports union (DTSB) and the GDR

1st half of 1991

maintenance of sports and training operation in cooperation with the German sports union (DSB) ot FRG and the German gymnastics and sports union (DTSB) in liquidation of GDR

14th Jun 1991

foundation of the „Trägerverein Sportzentrum Kienbau e.V.“ takeover of 40 employees and continuation of the sports and training operation for competitive sports

from 01st Jan 1997

definition as Federal performance centre (Bundesleistungszentrum (BLZ)) for a lot of sports, especially for:

  • track-and field
  • table tennis
  • canoe
  • triathlon
  • gymnastics
  • handicapped sports
  • speed skating
  • volleyball
  • bob and sleight sports
  • archery

since 1997

  • the BLZ Kienbaum is becoming more and more an integrated part in planning and realization of training measures of top sports clubs.
  • new building of accommodation pavilions
  • new building of three field indoor facility
  • redevelopment of accommodation Kienbaum II
  • new building of body building facilities
  • redevelopment of gymnasium
  • new building of canoe centre and boat house
  • new building of the Finnish Sauna
  • redevelopment of multi-usage-indoor-facility Kienbaum I
  • redevelopment of the culture and conference building

General Information


  • 199 rooms with 400 beds
  • possibilities for at the moment 200 guests in Kienbaum I and  199 guests in Kienbaum II
  • accommodation in single, double or triple rooms
  • rooms include bathroom unit. Partly accessible by wheelchair
  • at the premises of Kienbaum I the accomodation is divided onto 10 buildings. 5 buildings were build in 2001 and meet international hotel standard (116 beds)
  • at the premises of Kienbaum II all rooms are located in one building which was redeveloped in 2002 (meets national hotel standard)

Supply and conference rooms:

  • 1 dining hall with 250 seats (redevelopment 09/2005)
  • restaurant with 65 seats
  • 1 hall (200 people capacity) for conferences, events and parties. (redeveloped 09/2005), catering in this area possible
  • different smaller seminar and conference rooms with capacities between 10 and 80 people (11 rooms all together), supply of the following equipment possible: overhead, flipchart, beamer, TV and video

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