Length 5.25 km (3.3 miles), terrain: flat
Heidelberg in southern Germany has so many beautiful sights to offer. Here's a running route where you can see a few of those sights up close, and others from an unusual angle: from a trail along the other side of the Neckar River.
|Trail along the Neckar|
Another great thing about this trail is that you can extend it as long as you please: it continues for kilometers westwards from where this one turns around.
So, if you're ready to hit the trail, make your way to the heart of the old town, at the Market Square between the Heiliggeist Church and the town hall. This is located on Hauptstraße, the pedestrian shopping street that bisects the old town.
|Town hall with Hercules fountain|
|Karlsplatz, with view of castle|
|Karlstor: run through it and turn left|
|Crossing the sluice|
|Along the river trail|
So now we just keep running westwards until the turnaround-point. We're first heading towards the beautiful Old Bridge, also made of red sandstone (like about everything in Heidelberg), with its statues and towers.
After running under the bridge, you'll be passing the whole old town on the other side of the river. The trail paving will start getting smoother and then the cobblestones will end as the shore widens with a grassy strip for the trail.
When you go under the next bridge, a modern one, the shore widens again to be a real park, the Neckarwiese. It's mainly a big lawn with a few trees.
NOTE: for more distance, just keep running westwards along the trail, and you'll pass the modern university campus, the zoo and athletic fields.
The nice thing about running back again is that you have a better view of the old town and castle, which is always in sight.
|On the way back|
|Approaching the old bridge|
|Crossing the Old Bridge|
|And back up Steingasse to the church and market|