Length 9.5 km (6 miles), terrain: flat
Munich Running Routes:
Best Munich Running Routes: Overview
Old town, English Garden, Isar
Nymphenburg Palace gardens
Isar River south route
Starnberger See lake-side route
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Here's a route that's a bit off the normal track for most Munich visitors, heading through the southwest side of town. But this area has its own charms: old villas and monuments, the huge expanse of the Theresienwiese (the spot where Oktoberfest takes place every year), and Westpark, a big strip of green wedged between pleasant new apartments full of young families.
Westpark is a big, green oasis, and this route only goes through the eastern third of the park, so you can easily extend the run to keep exploring the rest of the park.
|Westpark scene in winter|
The run begins at the south corner of the old town walls, at the Sendlinger Tor gate-tower. Various U-Bahn- and tram-lines will take you right to the spot, at the end of the Sendlinger Straße shopping street.
Turn your back to the gate, facing southwest, and cross busy Sonnenstraße and the tram station, and enter that park behind the church. You're now in Nußbaumpark.
|House detail along Beethovenstraße|
But the surroundings are nice, with a quiet, tree-lined boulevard edging this east end, and St. Paul's church rising majestically, off to the north, near the train station.
|Entrance to Theresienwiese, towards the left|
The temple is actually the Ruhmeshalle (the Hall of Fame, a monument to Bavarian generals from the days when Bavaria was a little kingdom, fighting to stay independent of the Austrians and the Prussians).
|The Ruhmeshalle, with Bavaria and her snow-capped lion|
Cross the street at the pedestrian crossing there and keep running west along the pedestrian/bike way, Oda-Schäfer-Weg, running between the park on the right and the modern apartments on the left.
Run the 250 meters to the west end of the park, then turn left at the 2-km mark to head south past the west end of the modern apartments, along Max-Hirschberg-Weg.
When the apartments end, you come to a strange, narrow, empty-looking park. There is a bit of playground in it, but not much else. This is actually just a lid over a railway line below it.
|The weird, narrow park|
The elevated walkway leads you to a pedestrian bridge over the street, where you now head west, straight into Westpark. You will cross over a train line and another street before you enter the park itself at the 2.8-km mark.
|The elevated trail into Westpark|
|Welcome to Westpark!|
When the trail comes to a little hill on the left, it will come together with the trail that heads back to the east end of the park along the lake's north side, at the 3.7-km mark. Let's turn around here and head home, viewing the lake from the other side.
NOTE: If you want to continue running westwards here, you can add a lot more distance. The park continues for a long way: Westpark is cut into two pieces by a busy road ahead, Garmischer Straße. A pedestrian bridge connects the two pieces. The western piece has its own attractions, like Japanese- and Chinese gardens and a Thai pagoda.
When you exit the park at the same spot where you came in, just follow the same way back home again.