Length 6.4 km (4 miles), terrain has gentle hills
Hamburg running routes:
Alster lake loop
Altona Elbe River run
Planten en Blomen downtown park
Elegant Eppendorf and Stadtpark
For other running routes, see the Route List.
NOTE: I lucked-out with the pictures, and caught the parks in their full springtime glory, hence the extra amount of pictures!
|Planten un Blomen|
Here is one of the nicer runs in the heart of the city. Two big parks blend together here to make up a sprawling greenbelt right downtown: Planten un Blomen (Plants and Flowers in Plattdeutsch, the local dialect), and the Wallanlage, a park laid out in the old moats of the former city walls that stretches down to the Elbe River. After the walls were torn down, the whole stretch was turned into a park bordering the west side of downtown.
|Wallanlage, courthouse in background|
The Planten un Blomen Running Route
We'll start the run at the main Planten un Blomen entrance at the Stefansplatz U-Bahn station.
|The park entrance at Stefansplatz|
|The stream just past the park entrance|
|What a wonderful park!|
Just follow the main path as it goes by the rose-garden on the right. There is a lake in the middle of the park on your left side. The path keeps going west towards the TV tower, where the park ends.
|Heading towards the TV tower|
|Along the water-course|
|The Planten un Blomen playground|
|The Japanese Garden|
|The sun-terraces at the Wallgraben|
|Wallgraben: Follow this path all the way to the Elbe River|
|Cypresses along the Wallanlage|
|The Hamburg Supreme Court from the Wallanlage|
You need to cross the busy street ahead of you, Budapester Straße, to the St. Pauli U-Bahn station. This is the beginning of the notorious St. Pauli neighborhood, with the Reeperbahn beginning straight ahead, past the new, crooked office tower.
|At St. Pauli U-Bahn Station and Reeperbahn: turn left at the corner|
Run on the sidewalk next to Helgoländer Allee as it curves downhill towards the left, with parkland on the left side. You'll go under an old bridge. Right past the bridge, take the path as it goes uphill through the bushes on the left side. You are now running up past Hamburg's main youth hostel at Stintfang.
Run another 100 meters and you reach the turn-around point of the run at the lookout point at Stintfang. Ahead of you is the Elbe, with the Landungsbrücken to the right, where tour-boats constantly come and go, and you'll see the windjammer, the Rickmer Rickmers to the left.
|View from Stintfang of the Landungsbrücken|
|Wallgraben: at the end, turn left, and you're back at the start|