Saturday, 29 October 2011

Munich Isar South Running Route

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Length: 8.5 km (5.3 miles), terrain flat

Munich Running Routes:
Old town, English Garden, Isar 
Nymphenburg Palace gardens  
Olympiapark  
Isar River south route  
Classical Munich  
Starnberger See lake-side route  

For more running routes see the route list.

I ran when it was getting dark, so most of the pictures are from Google StreetView. 

Here's a fairly simple-to-describe route. Just start in the heart of town and run to the river, then turn south to run upriver a few kilometers, then cross to the other side and run back.

Munich is blessed with a long, park-lined, fast-moving mountain river, the Isar. There is a whole series of islands and piles of rounded river stones rising out of the whitewater the whole way through the city.

This route follows the somewhat less-used part of the river, heading south through the Ludwigsvorstadt neighborhood.

Let's start at the same place as the Munich Old Town Route, at the Marienplatz, in front of the gothic town hall.

Starting point at the town hall
Facing the town hall, turn towards your right and run eastwards past the gothic Old Town Hall gate-tower and out the street called the "Tal" (the dale).
Isartor, from Google StreetView

You will soon come to the next city gate, the Isartor, built when the city built a new wall further out from the town center. Continue straight past the Isartor on Zweibrückenstraße until you hit the river, at the Ludwigsbrücke.

Ludwigsbrücke: turn right here, from Google StreetView

You'll see the Deutsches Museum complex directly across the river (really interesting technology museum, currently closed for refurbishment).

Turn right before the bridge to run down the sidewalk next to Erhardtstraße, with the river on your left. You will pass another five bridges before you reach the one you'll need. The street name changes to Wittelsbacherstraße.

Along Wittelsbacherstraße, from Google StreetView

Just stay along the river for almost 2 km, until the main street swerves to the right, away from the river.

Wittelsbacherstraße stays along the riverside, here, becomming a quiet riverside sidestreet. Turn left to stay on Wittelsbacherstraße.

After a few blocks, you'll go under a railroad bridge (the last bridge before you cross the river). You'll then run straight into a riverside park, passing an electrical plant on the right side.

Continuing straight for a few hundred meters, you'll hit the busy cross-street, the Brudermühlstraße, also known as the Mittlerer Ring.

Turning onto Brudermühlstraße, from Google StreetView
Turn left here, and cross the bridge over the Isar. At the other side of the bridge, turn left to take the waterside path back north again. This is the halfway point.

There are several paths running parallel to the river. The most interesting is the one that runs closest to the river.

View of the Isar-side path back to town, from Google StreetView
Just keep running under each bridge as it comes. When you come to the Reichenbach bridge (Ohlmüllerstraße), the path close to the water swerves to the right to join up with the main path, following the higher, tree-lined river bank. You will now stay on that main path, which turns into a normal sidewalk at the next bridge.

Finally, you'll find yourself running past the Deutsches Museum again, sitting off to the left, on its island in the river.

Running by the Deutsches Museum, from Google StreetView
When you reach Rosenheimerstraße, turn left to run past the main museum entrance and cross the Ludwigsbrücke again. Now follow Zweibrückenstraße and Tal again back to the town hall.