Length 7 km (4.3 miles), terraing fairly flat
Stuttgart Routes List:
TV Tower hills
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If you're visiting Stuttgart and you just take out a map and go run, you'll probably quickly find yourself going up and down some steep hills. Almost the whole town in built on valleys crawling up the hillsides.
If you're like me, and come from the Great Neutral-Gravitational Flatlands, then you might want to first find a flat stretch to run before you tackle the high ones. That's what this route does: stays on a long, flat park, the Schlossgarten, stretching from the old town down to the Neckar River about 3.5km away. It only dips downhill about 20 meters along the whole way to the river.
|Running in the Schlossgarten|
The Stuttgart Schlossgarten Running Route
Lessingplatz is named after the German poet, whose statue dominates the center of the square. The platz is bounded by some of Stuttgart's most beautiful old buildings: the old castle, the Alte Kanzelei (Old Chancellory), the main church (Stiftskirche), and the old Justice Ministry building.
On Tuesday mornings, a flower market fills the square.
|Schillerplatz, our starting point, with old castle in background|
|King Wilhelm sounding the call in the Altes Schloss|
|Neues Schloss (new palace)|
|Entering the Schlossgarten|
So just run towards the right side of the park, past the pond and head northeast. The boxy glass building right next to the Schloss is the state parliament building. This first section is the Oberer (upper) Schlossgarten.
You'll pass a museum on the right, then some fountains, and soon you'll hit the first pedestrian bridge over Schillerstrasse.
|On the way across the first bridge|
This section doesn't look so nice at the moment. There is a gigantic construction project going on with the train station to the north of the park. The project, Stuttgart21, is a real local controversy, sometimes almost producing civil-war-like conditions. There are often riot police hanging around the area, and people constantly writing things on the construction fence, and demonstrations happen regularly, almost daily.
|The Stuttgart21 project|
On the right side, you'll pass some ruined stairs, the last remaining bit of a renaissance-era theater that once stood here but burned down a hundred years ago.
|Running past the ruined stairway|
At the end of the park, there are two ponds. Round the last pond and head back along the north side of the park, along the railroad tracks.
|Round this last pond and head back|
|The way home!|