Length 6.8 km (4.2 miles), terrain: a few small hills, gain 53 meters
Article and photos by Jessica Hauser
Hamburg running routes:
Alster lake loop
Altona Elbe River run
Planten en Blomen downtown park
Elegant Eppendorf and Stadtpark
Klein Flottbek and eastern Elbe
For other running routes, see the Route List.
NOTE: This route picks up where the Altona Elbe route turns around!
If you're staying in the west part of Hamburg, there are a few great jogging route options. While running along the Alster lake or the Elbe river is wonderfully scenic, these paths can get so crowded, it can easily spoil your run.
A much less crowded route begins a few kilometers further west at the S-Bahn station "Klein Flottbek". Klein Flottbek is a very peaceful part of town full of beautiful, old million-dollar mansions. It's home to the Botanical Garden and several big- and small parks, some of which this route will take you through. This part of Hamburg is actually quite hilly, due to the terminal moraines which the last ice age left behind. So brace yourself for a few up- and downhill sections.
|The way into Westerpark|
Here, you will have to cross a small road to enter the second park of the route, the well-known "Jenischpark". It's a nature reserve and people come here from all over Hamburg to enjoy the open lawns, the woods, the little stream and the Elbe River views.
|In Jenischpark, the old mansion, now a museum|
|The Elbe, looking east|
|Running towards Teufelsbrück, past a little boat club harbor|
|Heading up Lünkenberg|
|The last section of Westerpark: almost home!|
If you don't feel like getting right back on the train and you need a little cool-down first, check out the Botanical Garden on the opposite side of the train tracks. It's free and there are flowers and trees from all over the globe, beautifully arranged in little theme areas. It's open until 8 p.m. in the summer, until 6 p.m. in spring and fall, and until 4 p.m. in winter.