At the foot of the Alps, Munich’s natural landscape is a runner’s paradise. Boasting considerably more green space than other German cities, running in Munich is always an experience. Surrounded by numerous lakes and expansive mountainous scenery, Munich has views and activities to entertain you along the way. Whether you like to run, walk or bike, these are some of the top spots in Munich for outdoor exercise.
Olympiapark © Flickr/Jenny Lam
Located in northern Munich, Olympiapark was built for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Comprising four different areas, the Olympic Area, Olympic Village, Olympic Media City and Olympic Park, it’s not hard to see why it’s known as ‘Disneyland for Runners’. Olympic Park is where you can get a good run in, but you can do other activities such as swim, play tennis or ice skate in the Olympic Area. The park is in the modern skyline near BMW and the “Uptown” skyscraper of O2. There are plenty of routes to take, so you can always switch up your routine depending on your running level or how far you want to go. www.olympiapark.de
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Englischer Garten © Flickr/tribp
Englischer Garten is one of the world’s largest parks, even larger than Central Park. Starting from the city centre, the garden stretches out to the northeast of Munich. The extensive network of paths is more than 48 miles long. The garden will make your daily run a bit easier with its picturesque views. For some, running can get a bit boring after the first mile. Englischer Garten is sure to keep you entertained as you make your way through it. Make sure you stop by Eisbachwelle between Prinzregentenstrasse and Lerchenfeldstrasse and where you can watch surfers in the river. There are also a few biergartens throughout that you can treat yourself to a much deserved cool-down after your long work out. www.muenchen.de
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Nymphenburg Park © Flickr/LuxTonnerre
While running through the Nymphenburg Palace gardens in western Munich, you’ll feel like you’re running through a fairy tale world. Left and right you’ll see baroque style villas, waterfalls, statues and beautiful fountains. You can also run through the woods or the meadows that surround the grounds, or run alongside the canals straight back from the palace. www.schloss-nymphenburg.de
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Along the Isar River
The Isar River © Flickr/Metro Centric
Running along the Isar is great for long distance runners as the trails are extensive and take you through quite a bit of Munich. You can kill two birds with one stone and sight see as you run, admiring landmarks such as Englischer Garten, Deutsches Museum, Alpines Museum and many churches. Most of the path is shady and unpaved, making for a relaxing run along one of the most scenic routes.
Ostpark © MichaelHofmann2703
Ostpark, located in eastern Munich, has something for every level of runner; from challenging hills to calming, scenic pathways along the stream. The park is very popular in the winter because you can ice skate and play Bavarian curling when the lake ices over. But the summer is the perfect time to explore this park and soak in all of its magical views on your run. www.muenchen.de
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