There is no easier way to escape busy city life than with your own feet. Leave the beaten track of the big city behind and join us on a short adventure discovering new paths. Berlin has countless trail running options: small trails along rivers and canals, challenging climbs in the "mountains" just outside the city or enchanted trails through moors and swamps. All you have to do is lace up your shoes and get going!
To make sure you don’t get lost in the city streets, we have put together this Collection with seven great running routes in and around Berlin. This way, you can know where you are going and head off to the running route starting point by train. The Collection includes everything from easy and tranquil runs through nature to challenging and technical trails. Many of the routes are designed so that you can easily adjust their lengths and put together your perfect trail run. Get out there, enjoy the nature, and refuel ready to take on the grind of everyday life.
The Barnim Nature Park is located just north of Berlin, but it is so beautiful that it is definitely worth the way here. The many trails and paths that lead through the extensive forests, past bogs and lakes, offer numerous variations that allow you to extend the track easily - perfect for a long run at the weekend.In addition to the scenic beauty is always worth a look next to the trails and trails: In the small villages here tell the remains of Slavic and German culture of the history of the Barnim, while field and brick buildings on the wayside testify old craftsmanship. The numerous animals that live here round off your experience of nature. Although the paths and paths are not particularly demanding here, a varied and exciting nature adventure awaits you in this way.From Berlin you can take the train via Eberswalde to Biesenthal station and start your run there. The train station is a bit isolated (about three kilometers from our tour start). By car, you are a little more flexible and can just park it in the small village of Biesenthal.
South-east of Berlin lies the trail paradise of Müggelberge. Almost seven square kilometers comprises the small, wooded ridge, which in addition to the small Müggelberg (88.3 meters) and the large Müggelberg (114.7 m) is home - after all, Berlin's highest, of course elevation. With the Müggelsee, the Müggelturm, 243 steps that lead up there and beautiful trails that connect everything, you'll find great conditions here for challenging or enjoyable running sessions just outside the city.This approximately 12-kilometer run is an example of the many variations that the Müggelberge offers you. There are countless wild trails, trails and paths that you can combine as you wish - getting lost is almost impossible. To get to the Müggelbergen, you can take the S-Bahn to Friedrichshagen. From there you are fast on the shores of Müggelsee. Of course it is easier with the car, which you can park in the small parking lot, where this run starts.Now you start a varied up and down. You run up a few steep slopes, enjoy relaxing passages and can even cool your feet in the water, if you take a break on the beach of the Long Lake. If you still have power after that, you just walk the 243 steps up to the Müggelturm! If you prefer a peaceful end to the tour, you can also relax on the banks of the Müggelsee, which is just a few hundred meters from the parking lot where you started.
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In the east of Berlin is the Plänterwald in the district Treptow-Köpenick. Located directly on the Spree is this beautiful green area, which is ideal for running. The terrain is not demanding, but if you include the many small trails and you are looking for your own small obstacles, you still have a nice city trail, which is also easily accessible.Let's start at the S-Bahn station Baumschulenweg on the first part of the route, the round about ten kilometers long through the Plänterwald, which does not particularly demand you technically, but still has a lot to offer - especially for the eye. Slightly hidden when you stand in front of it, but even more impressive, is the Treptow Memorial, which was built by the Soviet troops in honor of the fallen soldiers of the Red Army. A piece of history in passing. The view is almost bizarre when you pass the old Spreepark. Here was once the only theme park in the GDR and even today you can look from the fence on the old ferris wheel, an old park railroad or a dilapidated concrete dinosaur.If you have ten kilometers, your run ends at the starting point, the S-Bahn station. On the other hand, if you still have some power, our route will take you along the Britzer connecting canal over to the Königsheide, where you can follow the beautiful paths and trails for another seven kilometers. So you can - in the middle of the city - assemble your optimal trail running experience.
With this route you connect two of the most beautiful trail areas of Berlin: the Murellenberge and Grunewald with its Teufelsberg. The 22-kilometer route is a real challenge in the countryside and yet virtually in the middle of Berlin. The route is designed as "Eight", so you can easily divide it into two separate routes.Your run starts at the S-Bahn station Pichelsberg, alternatively, you can park your car on one of the numerous parking lots around the Olympic Stadium. Now you'll first get to know the Murellen mountains, which are not for nothing known as the nature reserve Murellenschlucht: The Murellenschlucht is one of the most impressive biotopes in Berlin and offers pure nature just ten minutes from the Kurfürstendamm! The pros of Herta BSC also like that: Right next door is the stadium - it's quite possible that the team will run into you during running training.After the first, approximately 7.5 kilometer long part of the run "you make your way" into the Grunewald. The 3,000 hectare forest area in the west of Berlin is perfect for running. Uphill, downhill, over forest trails and sand trails and sometimes down to the banks of the Havel - here is provided for variety. The highlight here is of course the run high on the Teufelsberg: The rubble mountain is about 120 meters high and thus the second highest elevation of the urban area. Above you can enjoy the great view and look forward to the last sandy trails that bring you back to the starting point of the tour.
The Briese is a small tributary of the Havel, which ripples in its headwaters shortly after its origin from the Lake Wandlitzer natural by wild romantic Briesetal. Enchanted bog forests, small lakes and wonderful peace - even if you do not expect any technical challenges here, this run off the beaten path is a wonderful and rewarding short break in nature.You start in Birkenwerder, a small community north of Berlin, directly behind the border with Brandenburg. After crossing the A10, your run starts through the beautiful nature of the Briesetal. Both banks of the river have small paths that you use for your run. This will provide some variety, although you will follow the river upstream, upstream on the way back down the river. Practical side effect: Whenever a bridge crosses the water, you have the opportunity to shorten the route or to hang around for another lap. The best comes at the end: Before you walk back to Birkenwerder, the path leads across a fabulous wooden walkway directly through the moor.From Berlin, Birkenwerder, the starting point of the race, is well connected. By car you are on the A111 and the A10 fast there, but also by train you can easily get to the S-Bahn station Birkenwerder.
The Löcknitz is a short tributary of the Spree, just 33 kilometers long, but still the scene of this beautiful trail run. Because a run along the Löcknitz catapults you from the pulsating city life directly into the natural idyll of the nature reserve Löcknitztal, where the small river has kept its natural appearance over many parts free meandering.It only takes a few minutes from Erkner to reach the banks of the Löcknitz. Through beautiful wet meadows, past lakes and the countless loops of the small river, which makes its way here completely free, you walk along small trails and paths along the riverbank. On the way there are the quiet highlights that offer you occasional opportunities for a little breather. Stay for a moment on the bridge and watch the beautiful river landscape for a while. Or use the cozy wooden hut along the way for a little rest. At the end of the route, if you walk a bit further to Hangelsberg on the banks of the Müggelspree, you can relax and unwind with a delicious, home-made ice cream on the small sandy beach of the river.The route is particularly well suited to escape the (traffic) stress from the beginning. For the start of the race you can drive from Berlin in a few minutes with the regional express RE1 of the train. The route ends at a station on the same line, so you can just come back. Alternatively, you can of course park your car at the starting point and let you bring two stations back by train or just walk back.
In the north of Berlin is the Tegeler Fließ, a small stream that could not be more idyllic and is not in vain protected. Its heathy landscape, moors and many small lakes make you feel like you're on vacation as soon as you get out of the city. By the way: This route is best reached by S-Bahn, which has a great connection to the center of Berlin from the start in Waidmannslust as well as from the finish in Mönchmühle - perfect to leave the car alone.From the S-Bahn station you start your run, which leads you through the idyllic nature of various protected areas. As soon as you have left a few streets behind you, enjoyment begins on the shores of Lake Hermsdorf. Although you do not expect any major technical challenges here, small paths alternate with field and hiking trails, so it does not get boring. And the beautiful, partly extraordinary landscape is a real highlight anyway.Through moist meadows and picturesque bogs you soon reach the Köppchensee, where a short detour to the viewing platform is worthwhile, from where you can admire the lake and the beautiful heathland all around. A little later, you can give your feet a little cooling by dangling them briefly in the water of the Arkenberge bathing lake. Then you reach already the route of the rapid-transit railway, with which it goes straight back into the city. But before that, a detour to Mönchmühle is worthwhile. From May to September, in the historic ambience of the mill café, you can enjoy homemade cakes and fresh coffee - the perfect ending to a pleasurable run that you certainly would not have expected in front of the big city's doors.