Length: 9.7 km (6 miles), terrain flat except for bridge ramps
Düsseldorf Running Routes:
Both Sides of the Rhine
Rhine Harbor Route
Stadtwald forrest run
See the other running routes here!
NOTE: This was a drizzly evening, hope you get better weather...
Düsseldorf has always turned its face to the Rhine River. Most of the interesting spots in town are just a stone's throw from the riverfront, and it's a great place to run.
This run does a loop along both sides of the Rhine by way of two bridges. It begins in the Altstadt (old town) and runs north along the Rheinpark to the Theodor-Heuss bridge, crossing over to Unterkassel, then follows the Rheinwiesen southwards (Rhine pastures) back to the Rheinknie (Rhine-Knee) Bridge to bring you back to the south end of the Altstadt.
The route starts right in the heart of the Altstadt, at the old market square in front of the renaissance-style town hall, with the statue of Prince-Elector Jan Wellem on his horse. The side street, Bolkerstraße, is the main Altstadt hangout in the evenings, lined with restaurants and pubs, absolutely bursting with revelers when a trade-show is in town. Jan Wellem used to go drinking at the En de Canon pub around the corner.
|Town hall at the old market|
|The Rhine promenade, looking in direction of run|
NOTE: You can stay up along the promenade or run down closer to the water's edge, whichever you prefer.
You'll soon go under the Oberkasseler bridge and then pass the round, art-deco Tonhalle concert hall and the Kunstpalast art museum buildings. After all, Düsseldorf is Germany's leading art center.
|Clubhouses along the Rhine|
Along the other side of the river you can see the grassy pastures. Düsseldorf's biggest carnival, the Kirmes, is set up on the grass there every July. They were just taking it down when I last ran through there.
On your side of the river, you'll soon come to the Rheinpark. And the bridge that you see coming up ahead is the one to take over to the other side for the return to the Altstadt.
|Soccer game at the Rheinpark|
|View back to the city from the Heussbrücke|
|Houses in Unterkassel|
|Path into the Rheinwiese|
|Along the shore in the Rheinwiese|
|Joggers on the Rheinknie bridge|
NOTE: At night, the tower hosts a 24-hour clock made of lights that count the current time, down to the seconds. See if you can figure it out -- it always takes me 10 minutes to see what lamps are counting what!
|The TV tower with the state parliament building to the left|
|Last bit of the run back to the Altstadt|