Berlin is running - whether for the half marathon in spring, for the marathon in autumn or for all these little intermediate races. And since it isn’t ordinary that 21 or 42 kilometres of Berlin's city centre will be blocked off for me and my fellow runners, here are my recommendations for the most beautiful running routes in the German capital:
Tempelhofer Feld (Tempelhof Field)
It goes on and on for several hundred metres on the runway of the former airport. Since Tempelhof Airport was closed down in 2008, the people of Berlin reclaimed the place for leisure activities. Plenty of space and freedom to enjoy the views and let your thoughts ramble into the horizon. One lap around Tempelhofer Feld is about six kilometres. You will be running past an old aircraft, community gardens and picknick areas.
Every year in April more than 7,000 runners gather for the annual Airfield Run.
Stralau Peninsula and Treptow Park
All the way along the water! Around the Stralauer Peninsula and then further on at Treptower Park there are moored houseboats, and on sunny days many people on the green meadow. Starting at Ostkreuz, you can follow the banks for almost ten kilometres. On the way back it goes through the Plänterwald, past the former amusement park.
Whoever wants to do more than just run a route, but would like to work on strength and stamina, should head to Friedrichshain Park: a couple of times up and down the "Bunkerberg" and then onto the fitness trail. Sore muscles guaranteed!
Through Berlin Mitte
Berlin's largest park – the Tiergarten – is the starting point for a jogging tour of Berlin Mitte. On the way there are numerous sights, such as the Bellevue Palace, the House of World Cultures, or the so-called ‘Band des Bundes’, or band of federal buildings. There are many paths branching through the park for taking your own individual routes.
The Park at Charlottenburg Palace
Royal jogging: it makes for a regal run, set against the backdrop of the Charlottenburg Palace, although you may want to stop here and there and stroll a bit with the other visitors. The almost four kilometres distance through the palace park leads past the mausoleum, the rococo pavilion, or the teahouse.
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