Berlin is not only a paradise for night owls and party people, but also for runners and joggers. In every district of the Spree metropolis there are secluded parks, wide boulevards and lots of interesting locations that invite you to run all year round. To make your decision easier, we have compiled the 5 best running routes and hotspots for runners in Berlin. Whether sightrunning in the city or relaxed through the countryside - here is the right running route for everyone.
#1 Berlin Tiergarten - the "green lung".
The Tiergarten is one of the largest and most popular green spaces in Berlin. If you cross it from the Siegessäule in the direction of the Congress Hall, the Chancellor's Office, the Reichstag building and the Brandenburg Gate, you will see five Berlin highlights in the first two kilometers. Via the Luiseninsel it goes back in the direction of the Siegessäule. If you like, you can make a detour to the Zoologischer Garten and treat yourself to a refreshing drink at the Café am Neuen See.
#2 Around the Museum Island: The Spree Tour
The Spree Promenade offers many beautiful views of old and new sights around the famous Museum Island away from the traffic. In summer, there's plenty of hustle and bustle at the steamboat docks and bars on the banks of the Spree, which are popular with tourists and locals alike. If you start at the Jannowitzbrücke in the direction of Museum Island, you will first pass the DDR Museum and enjoy a great view of the imposing Berlin Cathedral. Passing the Gropius Ensemble you walk along the Schiffbauerdamm and then over the Marschallbrücke to the Reichstagsufer. At the Schleusenbrücke you can make a short detour to the Museum Island and get back to the Jannowitzbrücke via the Märkische Ufer. The almost 7km long running route through the heart of the capital is suitable for beginners as well as advanced runners.
#3 Ab durch die Mitte: Sightrunning in the city center
This almost 7km long sightrunning loop leads through the middle of the turbulent city of Berlin. During the day it is only for hardened runners who don't mind the endless streams of traffic and tourists, but it is a real insider tip for evening and night runs. At late hours, the running course is less crowded, perfectly illuminated and the sights shine in beautiful light. The start is at the Brandenburg Gate on the street Unter den Linden. Over the Schloßbrücke you reach the Museum Island and run past the Lustgarten and Berlin Cathedral in the direction of Alexanderplatz. At the television tower you turn around, before you walk back to the museum island via the Rathausstraße. Then you pass the Foreign Office and the Gendarmenmarkt to follow Friedrichstraße in a southerly direction. Via Leipziger Straße you reach Potsdamer Platz and walk past the Tiergarten and Holocaust Memorial back to the starting point at the Brandenburg Gate.
#4 Berlin Charlottenburg: Through Grunewald Forest
If you like it quiet and green, the Grunewald is the right place. The roughly 3,000-hectare wooded area in western Berlin is especially popular with triathletes and, with its long straights, is ideal for tempo training and driving games. Thanks to its numerous elevations (Teufelsberg, Drachenberg, Havelberg), the Grunewald also offers you the opportunity to build a few meters of elevation into your running route, which is otherwise relatively difficult in flat Berlin. An 11.5km circuit leads from the Mommsen Stadium through the middle of the idyllic Grunewald. From Harbigstraße, the course follows Schildhornweg past the gravel pit and Teufelssee. At the level of the Grunewald-Forst cemetery, turn left into Saubuchtweg and continue south to the "Alte Saubucht" forester's lodge. From there you walk past the Pechsee back in a northerly direction to Schildhornweg, which leads back to the starting point at the Mommsenstadion.
#5 Along the Landwehr Canal through Berlin Kreuzberg
Along the green spaces and city streets around the Landwehrkanal, you can explore the trendy district in a relaxed way. Worth seeing are not only the beautiful Kreuzberg old buildings and extravagant apartment buildings of the architects Inken and Hinrich Baller along the Fraenkelufer, but also the Urbanhafen with its restaurant ships, the America Memorial Library at Blücherplatz and the former wall strip with Japanese cherry trees at Lohmühlenstraße. Starting at Hallesches Tor, the nearly 9km long running route first leads through Böcklerpark along Paul-Lincke-Ufer. At the Görlitzer Ufer you cross the Landwehrkanal at the Ernst-Heilmann-Steg. Via the Wiesenufer, the Lohmühlenbrücke and the Maybachufer you continue along the south bank to the Mehringbrücke, which brings you back to the Hallesches Ufer. Thanks to the numerous bridges, the length of this extremely popular running route can be varied to suit your mood.
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