Hamburg running routes:
Aussenalster lake loop
Altona Elbe River run
Planten en Blomen downtown park
Elegant Eppendorf and Stadtpark
Klein Flottbek and eastern Elbe
For other running routes, see the Route List.
I've lived in Hamburg for many years, and this, in my opinion, is the classic running trail in the old Hansa-town. Have fun!
Hamburg is a very green city, with most neighborhood streets tree-lined, and with an abundance of rivers, canals and lakes. The Alster River was dammed-up hundreds of years ago, and has since been the recreational heart of the town. There is a small Binnenalster lake directly in the town center, providing a watery view right from downtown. The Binnenalster lake is separated by the bigger Aussenalster by a causeway and bridge.
NOTE: see the Destinations Tips page for tips about spending your free time in this great town!
The Aussenalster, though, is the place to run, lined with parkland, making it the perfect place to run in Hamburg. In fact, it's the main jogging track, comparable to the Central Park reservoir in New York, with lots of runners at peak times. But the Aussenalster is even better than Central Park: the scenery is nicer and you don't have to do 10 laps to get in a decent run, given its 7.5-km circumference.
|Hamburg's beautiful Alster|
Hamburg Aussenalster RouteTo choose a random starting point on the loop, let's go to the restaurant and boat landing at Fährdamm, on the west side of the lake. This is in the nicest, widest part of the Alster park, not far from the Hallerstraße U-Bahn station (U1 line). Most races around the Alster start here. And now we'll choose a random direction, because it doesn't matter which way we go. Let's head south, rounding the lake counter-clockwise, with the water on our left. Guidance isn't really needed here, there is only one way to go, but I'll describe it anyway.
|A pond right near the start|
After the Little White House, you'll pass a couple of rowing clubs and boat docks on the water side, and the path curves to the left where the Kennedy bridge separates the Aussenalster from the Binnenalster.
|Chugging by the rowing clubs|
|Crossing the Kennedybruecke|
|It starts getting tighter here, and loud!|
|Looking towards Bobby Reich's restaurant and dock|