Length: 6 km (3.7 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.
NOTE: Please excuse a few surrealistic pictures, but when I ran this route the first time, on a dark December evening, I was hit by a sleet-storm. I ran it again on a nice May day and got the nicer pictures!
I've been working in Munich a lot lately, and here's a scenic route that I've discovered. It covers lots of the classical (Greek revival) buildings in the area just north of the town center, around the universities.
|Temple of Diana in the Hofgarten at the Residence|
NOTE: see the Destinations Tips page for tips about spending your free time in this great town!
Unfortunately for the Wittelsbachers, the first king of Greece, Otto I, was soon overthrown by a revolt, had to escape back to Bavaria, and that was the end of the Greek adventure.
But the buildings remain, and make a nice backdrop for a good run through town. So, off we go...
This route starts at the Odeonsplatz, in front of the old Bavarian royal residence, on the edge of the old town. The monument flanked by stone lions is the Feldherrnhalle, honoring some generals of long ago.
|Feldherrnhalle and Residenz in Odeonsplatz|
Start the run by going to the front door of the church and turn left. Run straight south on Theatinerstraße until the first side-street on the right, Salvatorstraße. Turn right and run the one block to the old red-brick Salvatorkirche, one of Munich's oldest churches.
Run straight past the church, then turn right to go into the churchyard at the church's main entrance. The building just past the church is the Literaturhaus, an ex-school now devoted to books, with its own literary café for bookworms. It's amazing what the city spends its money on.
|Beam me up from the Salvatorkirche and Literaturhaus during blizzard|
|A bit of city walls|
|Hiding from the blizzard at the Glyptotek|
|And the Glyptotek by nicer weather...|
|The Propyläen at Königsplatz|
At Theresienstraße, turn right to run past the Neue Pinakotek on the left side, and the ultra-modern extension on the right, more art museums (and there are more to come!).
After 2 more blocks, turn left on Türkenstraße. This is the main university neighborhood, with a second university -- the Ludwig-Maximilian-University -- spread throughout the area.
When you reach Akademiestraße, turn right and run past the Academy of Fine Arts palace, running straight towards the Siegestor, a triumphal arch.
|The Siegestor apparently being attacked by aliens during blizzard|
|Turn left at the fountain behind the ghosts, during blizzard|
Run straight into the park until you cross the stream running through the great lawn. You'll see the white-domed Monopteros belvedere (lookout gazebo) crowning the little hill across the lawn.
|The Englischer Garten in more fortunate weather|
|Surf's up in Munich|
When you reach the far end of the museum, turn left to cross the street and run south along Franz-Josef-Strauß-Ring. There is the Staatskanzlei building on the right side, housing the Bavarian prime minister's offices. It's an interesting mix of two modern, glass wings with a classical stone domed section in the middle.
At the south end of the Staatskanzlei, turn right to run on Hofgartenstraße, which runs past the main facade of the royal residence, with its formal gardens and Temple of Diana gazebo to the right.