Length 2 km, terrain: flat and marked by plenty of Glühwein watering holes!
Here's a route that fits the Christmas week: instead of a normal run (one that might include actual running), it sets out on a tour through the Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets) of nearby Hamburg, Germany. The weather has been horribly wet and stormy here, but the markets -- soggy as they are -- radiate enough Christmas cheer to lead you out of any depression, and almost make you forget the rivulets running down into your underwear.
The bright lights and the stands selling homemade gifts, great food and -- of course -- spicy Glühwein (mulled wine) help warm you up, as if you were sprinting towards a 10k finish line. Except that here the huge crowds aren't moving the same direction as you, as in a roadrace, but mostly seem to heading face-on.
|Christmas market in Hamburg|
We'll start at Gänsemarkt (the Goose Market) with its Feuerzangenbowle stand, where sugar pyramids are soaked in rum, then set on fire to drip into a caldron of hot punch made of red wine, citrus juices and spices. A great way to start the trip: things are warming up already.
Then, head down to Jungfernstieg (Maidens' walk), along the Alster lakefront, with its parked Märchenschiffe (Fairy-Tale Ships). Each ship has activities for kids, like a cookie bakery, Christmas-decoration creation, or story-reading.
|At the Rathausplatz|
Now head north along Mönkebergstraße to loop around the Sankt Petri church. There is a carousel here, and things are a bit less crowded out back. Did I mention that there is Glühwein here, too?
|At St. Petri|
|At the edges of the Winterwald|
|The big pyramid|