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We're six guys going to Berlin in July on our yearly trip. We've been there seven times before, and we're looking to do something physically fun.

We've previously:

  • played a lot of soccer / basketball in one of the many outdoor courts;
  • climbed on Mount Mitte (great fun!);
  • gone canoeing on the Spree.

We're looking to do something different and fun. Last year we did Mount Mitte and that was great.

We're physically somewhat fit, and we can communicate fine in German. Ideally, we want something which costs less than €100 per person, so that rules out skydiving.

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    Activities in Montreal for a bachelor party gets +9 votes, but this gets a downvote? How does it differ? – Thorst May 8 '15 at 12:33
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    Most downvotes are meaningless animalistic grunts, sadly... – user568458 May 8 '15 at 21:44
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Bubble football! It's not unique to Berlin, but it seems to be popular in Berlin and it fits the bill: it's physically demanding, absurdly fun (also, absurdly absurd), different, and probably suits someone called "soccerman" :-).

Image search explains the idea better than I could: (also, there are lots of great videos, here's one).

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There are lots of results for it in Berlin. Looks like it's also known as Bubble Footbälle, Loopybälle and Bubble Fußbälle in German. I've only played it in London so can't vouch for individual companies.

Some tips from my experience:

  • It really is as much fun as it looks :-)
  • It's more tiring and physically demanding than it looks! Those things get hot and heavy. I recommend short games, short bursts, take breaks. It's most fun when you've got the energy to charge your friends full speed, head first, and see who can stay upright!
  • If you take it seriously it does work as a competitive sport (there are actual leagues), and you can come up with all sorts of creative strategies (my personal favourite was having teammates charge down the opponents while lobbing the actual football over all of their heads while they were distracted). It's also lots of fun when you forget the goals for a while and just bounce around or do stunts. I recommend a mix of the two!
  • You end up upside-down, a lot. Don't eat or drink too much before! Sometimes you get stuck perfectly upside down with your legs waving in the air like an upturned beetle - you can right yourself, but it's not easy (or wriggle out, but that's less fun).
  • Your upper half (including head) is extremely well protected, but your ankles will hit the ground at speed, often... if you're not limping for about an hour afterwards, you weren't playing hard enough :-)
  • nice, great idea! – Thorst May 10 '15 at 8:32
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Considering you liked the climbing:

Hochseilgarten/high rope course in Berlin

I do not know this one personally, but every similar place in Germany I know has very simple courses you can even do with small kids to hard ones that will REALLY tire you out. Prices look ok, too :).

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Tour E (page only in German) from Berliner Unterwelten e.V. might fit what you are looking for. It's probably only somewhat demanding, so if you aren't tired after, I guess you can climb the outside too.

  • According to the site 2015 is completely booked out... – UZi May 8 '15 at 17:15
  • Every participant has to speak German, according to the linked page. – lejonet May 8 '15 at 19:03

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