By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
If there’s anything better than a trip to another country, it’s a skate trip. Travelling and skateboarding are two very compatible things: your board is easy to carry and store, most airlines will let you carry it as normal luggage, and it’s a great way to explore the cities and places that you will be visiting. It’s also a great way to meet some locals.
So, if you’re looking to go for a skate trip with some of your friends in Europe, we recommend these three awesome skateboarding spots around the continent.
Berlin has been one of the hottest skate spots in Europe for a long time, and Skatehalle is partly responsible for the fame that the German capital has among riders. It’s a 1,600 square meter skatepark located in the Friedrichshain zone, and it’s built-in an old factory that was once the repair workshop of the German railway system at the beginning of the 20th century.
It’s an indoor skatepark, so you don’t have to worry about rain and wind affecting your skate trip. It has verts, concrete pools and a huge street course to suit every riding style. And it also has the biggest halfpipe in Germany. One of the most versatile skateparks in the continent, for sure.
The Historic Prado Bowl in Marseille
Marseille is not just about beaches, architecture and its beautiful port. It’s also a landmark for the global skateboarding community. Just beside the Prado beaches there’s the legendary Prado bowl, a 25-year old skatepark that has hosted countless skateboarding events and competitions. It’s a very respected skate spot for all professionals because it was one of the first public skateparks in Europe. It has even been featured in several documentaries and Tony Hawk Pro Skater videogames.
Although it has been repaired several times, the pool still retains its spirit. And it’s also open 24/7 all year. If you like bowl skateboarding, but you also like the history behind this sport, the Prado skatepark is a must-go.
Streetdome in Haderslev, Denmark
If you take a 3-hour ride from Copenhagen through the E20 highway, you will arrive at Haderslev, a small city that is home to 22,000 people and one of the most beautiful skateparks in the world. The Streetdome is a 4,500 square meter skatepark designed by Rune Glifberg. It has both indoor and outdoor sections with pools, rails and verts. But it’s not just a skatepark. It also has basketball, climbing and parkour facilities.
The design of this park is so beautiful that it was one of the finalists for the 2015 Building of the Year Awards made by Architizer. If you’re looking for a modern and different skatepark that offers you possibilities beyond skateboarding, the Streetdome is, without a doubt, your place.
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