What might seem contradictory at first is actually not: smart brings together the city and the beach. The urban mobility experts are sponsors of the smart Grand Slam in Berlin.

smart Grand Slam Berlin 2013, photo: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
smart Grand Slam Berlin 2013, photo: Daimler AG
Beach Volleyball, Berlin smart Grand Slam, *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel +++

Visitors of the Berlin government district will be offered an additional highlight these days: from June 17th until June 22nd, the Washingtonplatz close to the capital’s main station will play host to the international beach volleyball elite. Altogether, 32 male and 32 female teams from all over the globe will compete for the Berlin beach volleyball crown.

Photo: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
smart Grand Slam Berlin 2013, photo: Daimler AG
Beach Volleyball, Berlin smart Grand Slam, Katrin Holtwick und Ilka Semmler #holtwicksemmler *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel +++

Kay Matysik, bronze medalist of the 2013 world championships, is already looking forward to the smart Grand Slam: “Playing beach volleyball in the heart of Berlin and in the midst of the government district will be a special experience for every athlete.”

Qualifications will take place on Tuesday (Women) and Wednesday (Men), both finals will be held on Sunday in an arena big enough for up to 4000 people, which will be erected especially for the Grand Slam.

smart Grand Slam Berlin 2013, photo: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
smart Grand Slam Berlin 2013, photo: Daimler AG
Beach Volleyball, Berlin smart Grand Slam, *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel +++

So if you happen to be in Berlin these days, why don’t you stop by and enjoy some great sports? Entrance is free for all games until Friday, 2 pm. Tickets for the weekend can be purchased here.

smart Grand Slam Berlin 2013, Katrin Holtwick (GER), photo: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
smart Grand Slam Berlin 2013, Katrin Holtwick (GER), photo: Daimler AG
Beach Volleyball, Berlin smart Grand Slam, Katrin Holtwick und Ilka Semmler #holtwicksemmler *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel +++

And that’s not all: Visitors can also take test drives in the smart fortwo electric drive and the smart ebike. The icing on the cake: Have the chance to win a brand new smart fortwo!

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Text: Alexandra Schade
Header image: Daimler AG