Length: 9.3 km (5.8 miles), terrain flat
Munich Running Routes:
Best Munich Running Routes: Overview
Old town, English Garden, Isar
Nymphenburg Palace gardens
Isar River south route
Starnberger See lake-side route
For more running routes see the route list.
Although I've been to Munich quite a few times, I'd never explored the northwest corner of the city until a work-trip this past week. And what a discovery that was! I ran through the palace grounds of Nymphenburg, which is one of the most delightful places I've ever run.
|Nymphenburg: those lilacs smell incredible!|
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The palace has a huge grounds, about 200 hectares, full of gardens, woods, villas, meandering streams, lakes, little waterfalls, grand fountains, statues and canals: everything you need to keep up your interest at every turn. In places, it looks a lot like Munich's Englischer Garten.
|Nymphenburg Park lakeside idyll|
This route will begin at the east end of the canal, at Grünwald Park, in the villa neighborhood of Gern. It is just a block south of the Gern U-Bahn (U1) station on Waisenhausstraße.
|Hubertusbrunnen at beginning of run|
When you get to the palace, you will run around a pond in front of the main palace building. Just keep running towards the central building and enter the park on either side of the building.
Exactly where you run in the park is up to you. You can't get lost: the whole thing is walled-in. The main canal and fountains run straight back from the palace, and several winding meadows also head west, parallel to the canal.
Run straight through the sculpture garden behind the palace, staying on the right side. Then, when you cross the little side-canal, follow the path that branches to the right, going through the woods. This soft path ends up following the park wall along the north side.
|Nymphenburg park oak, with Jesus statue|
Turn right at the first chance, and follow that trail all the way to the fountains on the main canal. There is a great view back to the palace here.
|View back to the palace|
|Badenburg: party house at the see-ment pond|
At the main canal, you will see the palace again, just to the right, across the sculpture garden. Run back to the palace, exit the park as you came and then follow the canal again as it leads you back to Grünwald Park. Maybe run on the other side of the canal, just for something different.
|Pagodenburg: royal garden shed|