Length 4.4 km (2.7 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
For more running routes see the route list.
Here's a short run through a part of Munich that most people never see: from Rotkreuzplatz to the Hirschgarten park.
|In the Hirschgarten|
And luckily, it's close to other great spots like Nymphenburg Palace and the Hirschgarten, the goal of this run.
The Hirschgarten, formerly a royal hunting grounds, has been a public park for over 200 years. And there is still a section fenced off for deer. The park has everything you need in a good park: athletic fields, playgrounds, fountains and gardens, and -- this being Munich -- one really great beergarden.
Between Rotkreuzplatz and Hirschgarten is an old working-class neighborhood with art-deco-style apartment buildings, so even that is scenic.
So, if you want to explore this interesting part of Munich, get yourself to Rotkreutzplatz (easy to get to via the U1 underground or the number 12 tram line).
|Market day at Rotkreuzplatz|
|Quiet side-streets along the way|
You'll see the Hirschgarten park across the street on the right. This is the 1-kilometer mark.
Cross Arnulfstraße and then turn right to run westwards into Hirschgarten.
|Hirschgarten entrance: turn left here to loop the park|
After a while, the trail will start curving to the right, heading westwards. You'll pass a skate-board park, soccer fields and playgrounds.
Just past the little playground, you'll come to the fence for the deer-preserve, and you'll see the animals grazing within.
|Grazing deer: you didn't expect that in the city, I'll bet|
|The biergarten on a subdued, rainy evening|
At the 3-km-mark, you'll come to the formal garden, with its fountains, and in a few steps you'll be back at Steubenplatz.
|The gardens with fountains|