Length: 6.8 km (4.2 miles), terrain hilly
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If you are staying in Munich's preferred address for fun and nightlife (Schwabing), then here's a perfect place to run. This route takes you through Luitpoldpark and then through the sprawling, fascinating Olympiapark.
The Olympiapark was created for the 1972 Olympic Games (which was marred by the tragic bloodbath of 11 Israeli athletes). The grounds are varied and full of surprises: a string of lakes, an artificial hill, a complex of indoor and outdoor sports venues covered by a beautiful, suspended network of plexiglass roof-work, a giant communications tower, and much more.
|Olympiapark, with Schwimmhalle, TV tower and BMW headquarters|
So, if you're ready to take on the Olympic Challenge, here we go.
The route begins in Schwabing West, at the Scheidplatz U-Bahn- and tram-station on Belgradstraße. Directly behind the station lies Luitpoldpark. This first park is fairly unspectacular, but it includes the first hill (not nearly as high as the one in Olympiapark). Run straight into the park, towards the Bamberger Haus biergarten-restaurant, then turn right, towards the north, at the middle of the park.
|Bamberger Haus with beer garden|
|Hill in Luitpoldpark|
Just past the last apartment house, the park ends at a big intersection, at Schleißheimer Straße. The Petuelring U-Bahn- and tram-station is also there, across the street. Cross the street, go by the U-Bahn entrance and continue to the left along the Birnauer Straße, with the small canal and a small tree-line on your right side.
|Along Birnauer Straße|
In just 100 meters, at the first bridge over the canal, to the right, cross the canal (look for the Sea Life sign). You will notice the big hill beginning on the left side, but we will climb it later, on the way back.
|Turn right to cross that bridge to Sea Life aquarium|
At first, the underground Sea Life aquarium blocks the view of the lake, but then you'll see the water again when you get to the base of the TV tower. Just keep running with the water on your left side and you can't go wrong.
|The Olympic Stadium plexiglass roof|
|Heading east along Willi-Gebhardt-Ufer|
|Heading up the hill|
Eventually, you'll see the path winding upwards to the right to go all the way to the hilltop: follow it all the way, and enjoy the view!
|The view from the top|
Run down from the hilltop, and after 50 meters the path splits in 3 directions. Take the middle path, which winds down through the lawns to the east. Just stay on the main path, going east.
NOTE: The Olympia Alm hilltop biergarten is out there on the left side, one of the park's most popular hangouts.
|At Olympia Alm: Prost!|
Run to Ackermannstraße, where you turn left to run eastwards. You will cross Lerchenauerstraße again, and then pass the St. Sebastian church on the right side. Just past the church, you'll see Luitpoldpark on your left side. So cross the street to the park and run straight to the middle, at the Bamberger Haus again, where you turn to the right to get back to the Scheidplatz starting point again.