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2019 IAKS Study Trip
to Hamburg, Germany

27. - 28.05.2019

2019 IAKS Study Trip programme

The 2019 IAKS Study Trip gives the unique opportunity to get to know Hamburg’s lighthouse projects in the exercise sector over two days.

The Hanseatic city has been one of the first cities worldwide to receive the recognition “Global Active City” in September 2018 – a commendation for the fact that Hamburg enables its population to adopt an active and health-conscious life-style.

Cast a glance behind the scenes in areas which you would have no access to without the study trip. Get to know successful operating strategies. Find out which forward-looking ideas are applicable to your region. Meet the architects and operators of these facilities: „Eimsbütteler Turnverband“ sports centre, „Kaifu-Bad“ pool, „Parkour Creation Center Hamburg“, „“ – Arena, „Welt der Bewegung“ open air activity area, the community centre in Neugraben-Fischbek, and the „Barakiel Halle“, Germany’s first and completely inclusive sports hall.

photo credit: Hamburg Speicherstadt aerial view: Andreas Vallbracht

Kaifu-Bad and Kaifu-Sole

Guided tour by Michael Dietel, Director Communications of Bäderland Hamburg GmbH

These two combined bathing opportunities can be found in a dual-purpose pool designed firstly as a brine pool and, in a second hall, as an indoor swimming pool plus an outdoor pool, spa and sauna area. This pool facility is associated with Germany’s oldest outdoor pool and cooperates with a fitness provider (Kaifu Lodge). The Kaifu-Bad (swimming pool) is Hamburg’s oldest swimming pool. Its history stretching back more than a century has given the pool cult status.


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photo credit: Bäderland Hamburg

Parkour Creation Center Hamburg

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photo credits: Olaf Janko

Guided tour by the operator


This former warehouse converted by adolescents themselves provides the ideal conditions for the trend sport of parkour. The history of the hall has been one of much opposition, but today the sports hall and club hold sway with groups, youth work and events.

Edeloptics Arena

This basketball hall is the former Flower Show hall of the 2013 International Garden Show in Hamburg. After the Flower Show it was converted into a basketball arena for 3,400 spectators and is now the home venue of the Hamburg Towers (BBL Pro A) and is also available for other sports events. The interesting feature of this hall in terms of urban planning is that this competition venue has brought the Elbinsel (island in the Elbe) closer to Hamburg’s residents north of the river Elbe, i.e. the centre of Hamburg. It has thus for the first time successfully accomplished the “leap across the Elbe”. The hall is situated in the middle of the Elbinselpark (created by the International Building Exhibition and the International Garden Show in 2013) in a building complex that includes an indoor swimming pool (Land elite training centre for water polo) and is situated in the immediate vicinity of the ‘Welt der Bewegung’ (World of Exercise) Arena - basketball match - 2019 study trip - wikipedia

Wikipedia - Arena Towers Panorama

"Welt der Bewegung" (World of Exercise)

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credit: ParkSportInsel e.V.

The ‘Welt der Bewegung’ (World of Exercise) is an open-air exercise zone that was created at the park entrance next to the
Edeloptics-de Arena in connection with the 2013 International Garden Exposition. Its conceptual creator was Beate Wagner-Hauthal,
who now runs the facilities with ParkSportinsel e.V. and activates up to 2,000 people with the ParkSport offering. The World
of Exercise also includes a high ropes course and the Nordwandhalle climbing wall (both privately operated), an outstanding skate
park which is also suitable for wheelchair users, various items of sports equipment, an outdoor basketball court and a beach
volleyball area. A highly innovative approach, particularly with regard to the cooperation among sports clubs, and private and
municipal operators.

Civic Centre Neugraben-Fischbek

Guided tour by Nathalie Leibold (School Sports Coordinator) and Jan Pastoors (former Center Manager).

This new, green-field development dating back to 2011 was built initially as an infrastructural element and was subsequently
joined by housing development. This is a fine example of urban development policy in terms of the community centre’s shared use by sports clubs (studio, sports halls), league volleyball (2nd division), and cultural and social welfare facilities.

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credit: GMH Gebäudemanagement Hamburg GmbH

Barakiel hall

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credit: Evangelische Stiftung Alsterdorf

Guided tour by Christina Göpfert, the foundation’s Sports Department Director


The ‘Barakiel Halle’ is Germany’s first and only fully inclusive sports hall, operated by Evangelische Stiftung Alsterdorf (a foundation of the Protestant Church). The triple-section hall is distinguished by its design and fittings that make it easier people with a disability to participate in sport (induction loop for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; colour scheme for the various door functions; special damping for those with poor hearing; flashing bells). A highly impressive building with successful activities. Plans are currently underway to add an educational training centre.

Hamburg, Germany

53.544, 9.98698


IAKS study trip Hamburg 2019 - progamme Final.pdf
Agenda of 2019 IAKS Study Trip to Hamburg, Germany