Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023

City Cluster

A major goal of the Special Olympics movement is to create a broader awareness and perception for the performance of our athletes and for inclusion in general.
To achieve this, we especially want to use the popular and much visited city center of Berlin for our events.



Our sporting competitions in the city cluster are free to enter and no tickets are required.


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The photo shows the world clock at Alexanderplatz in Berlin in the foreground. In the background you can see a streetcar and a skyscraper.
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The photo shows the active Neptune Fountain and the Red Town Hall in Berlin in the background.
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Photo shows bird's eye view of Victory Column and Tiergarten in Berlin.
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The photo shows the Fernsehturm (Berlin TV tower) in front of the panorama of the city and against a picturesque blue sky.
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The photo shows a street with parked cars and in the center the Victory Column in Berlin.
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Event locations in the City Cluster

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The photo shows the active Neptune Fountain and the Red Town Hall in Berlin in the background.

Neptunbrunnen is a beautiful and well-known fountain next to Alexanderplatz. This famous water feature stands on the open space between Marienkirche (St. Mary's Church) and Rotes Rathaus (City Hall). Various events take place on the square of the Neptunbrunnen, directly under the famous Fernsehturm (TV tower), throughout the year.

Know your facts:

  • Location:
    Rathausstr. 1
    10178 Berlin
    District Mitte
  • Fun Fact:
    The four female figures on the edge of the fountain are supposed to personify the four great rivers: Rhine, Weichsel, Oder, and Elbe.

The sport hosted at Neptunbrunnen is 3x3 Basketball .


The Special Olympics Festival will also be hosted here.

The photo shows a street with parked cars and in the center the Victory Column in Berlin.
Straße des 17. Juni

The Straße des 17. Juni (street of 17 June) begins in the district Tiergarten in front of the Brandenburg Gate and ends in the district of Charlottenburg.

The street's name commemorates the East German uprising of 1953. While today its name represents a struggle for freedom, the street was widened into a prestigious parade street to provide space for large military marches during the Nazi regime.

Nowadays, the street which runs through Großer Tiergarten, serves completely different purposes: as the site of Berlin's legendary Love Parade, as a fan mile for major sporting events, and for New Year's Eve celebrations. Today it is a place of joy.

Know your facts:

  • Location:
    Straße des 17. Juni 4
    10557 Berlin
    District Mitte
  • Maximum number of spectators:
    Up to 250,000
  • Sights along the route:
    Brandenburg Gate, Soviet Memorial, Bundestag, Tiergarten, Bellevue Palace

The sport hosted at Straße des 17. Juni is Cycling.


Additionally, the Closing Ceremony as well as Special Olympics Festival hightlight events will be hosted here, right in front of Brandenburg Gate.

The photo shows a seating area with benches in the foreground and several beach volleyball courts where some people are playing beach volleyball.

With 20,000m² of sand, BeachMitte is the largest inner city beach in Europe. The 47 beach volleyball courts offer enough space for amateur and competitive athletes alike. About 100 beach volleyball tournaments take place here every year - from recreational tournaments to various German youth and senior Championships.

Know your facts:

  • Location:
    Caroline-Michaelis-Straße 8
    10115 Berlin
    District Mitte
  • Year Opened: 2006
  • Maximum number of spectators: 500

The sport hosted at BeachMitte is Beach Volleyball.