Hidden in the middle of the city, Munich offers trail runners a real pearl: the Isartrails. The trails, well-known and popular among hikers, bikers, and runners, are perfectly suited to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city without going far. However, the outskirts of the city also have many great trail running opportunities that are easily accessible so you can devote yourself to your passion away from the asphalt and the noise of the city. Extensive forests located just outside Munich provide the perfect mix of sporting challenge and relaxation. And, Munich itself has something very special to offer: Munich's local mountains. The foothills of the Alps begin just to the south of the city. You only need to travel a short while to find alpine conditions with all the trimmings. Here, you can expect breathtaking views, long climbs, and simultaneously technically demanding and beautiful trails and paths that offer perfect conditions.
You are spoilt for choice in Munich: from short post-work trails to enduring day runs, Munich offers it all. We have put together a varied selection of the finest trail runs for you in seven different routes. Some start in the middle of the city whilst others begin a short car journey or train ride away. Whichever route you choose, you will find fresh air and some of the finest trails and paths through glorious nature, that are far away from the gray concrete of the city.
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The Isar in the Munich area has many faces. In the middle of the city, it is a small haven, yet always surrounded by the urban flair of the city. The further you get out of the city, the more idyllic it gets. But wherever you follow the Isar, there is (almost) always something in common: along the river run beautiful natural paths and trails that are ideal for walking.This route starts at Grünwalder Brücke and leads you south. Here slowly but surely ends the urban influence of the city and you walk along the idyllic river, which shows itself from its very quiet and natural side. Often you are spoiled for choice: different paths lead either directly along the water or slightly above the bank slopes. It is worthwhile to come back and try out all the variations.At the turning point of the tour, the route changes direction and leads back north. You already have about ten kilometers in your legs. Time for a little break? Directly on the Isarwerkkanaldamm a beer garden invites to. Just a little further on the Klosterbräustüberl of the magnificent Schäftlarn Abbey is a great alternative. Freshly strengthened, you are ready for the return journey, which again follows the Isar, until you have arrived at the starting point, the Grünwalder bridge.Of course, you can drive to the start of your run. The S-Bahn is even easier: the S7 line goes from Munich central station to the Höllriegelskreuth stop. From here it is about 400 meters to the start of the route.
The Perlacher Forst is a forest area in the south of Munich, just behind the Munich Zoo. Here are more than 13 square kilometers of green waiting for you, just outside the city. And the best thing about it: Through not only wide business and cycle paths, but also many paths and trails, which have nothing to do with gravel and asphalt. As a coronation, there's another hill with a great view on top: Trails lead up to the Perlacher Mugl from all directions - from above you can see the mountain peaks of the main Alpine ridge with a clear view.If you're feeling adventurous, you can explore the small trails on your own when you're out and about, branching off to the left and right of the route. If it does not bother you that there is a dead end, you can simply extend our route. Speaking of which: We are extending this run with a detour to the banks of the Isar. The well-known Isartrails are just too good for running to leave them on the left. If you walk back to the starting point of the route via the Isarwerk Canal Dam, there is still a bit of island feeling for free.The starting point of the race is easy to reach from Munich city center. There is plenty of parking around the zoo, where you can park your car. If you would prefer to come by metro, you should go to the station Thalkirchen (U3). From there it is a stone's throw to the Isar, which you simply follow to the Marienklausensteg, where the route begins.
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This round about eleven kilometers long includes everything that makes a varied run. To warm up you run on a relaxed dirt road, at the turning point you enjoy the magnificent mountain panorama and the view of the lake Egglburger and back then it goes on the demanding ups and downs of a narrow trail.The route started at Kirchseeon station and can be easily reached by S-Bahn from Munich. A bit through the village, just over the main road and you are already in Ebersberger forest, the largest contiguous forest area in the Munich region. To warm up, you follow a well-developed forest path that is easy to handle and that helps you bring the leg muscles up to operating temperature. It leads you over a comfortable up and down directly to the Egglburger lake northwest of Ebersberg. The lake is located in a nature reserve and serves many rare birds as a breeding and rest stop - so it's worth it to take a short break, a bit to enjoy the idyll and incidentally the great view of the mountain panorama in the background. Then follows the second part of the run.Back the route leads you as far as possible over a wonderful trail, which leads curvy over varied terrain with roots or sometimes muddy places, if it has rained before. It keeps going up and down and never gets boring. Of course, this is not an alpine run, but this path is quite a challenge.The starting point of the run, the train station in Kirchseeon, is best reached by S-Bahn from Munich (line S6). As a variation, you could also run a round around Lake Egglburg and then on to Ebersberg. From there you can also start the return journey with the S6.
The Isartrails are not an insider tip - but no less beautiful when it comes to running off the fixed ground on narrow, technical trails. But the best thing about the Isartrails is that they also accompany the river in the middle of the city and allow you to take a short or longer break from the hustle and bustle of the city.The start of this run is at the Max-Joseph-Brücke, which is a stone's throw from the Englischer Garten. From here you follow the banks of the Isar to the north and always have the possibility to vary your run a little over different cross-connections. At the impressive Isarwehr Unterföhring, where you can stop for a moment, you switch over to the Isar island Oberföhring, which separates the river from the Isar canal. Surrounded by water you follow the trail until the turning point of the run. In a loop you walk around the Poschinger Weiher and then leave the A99 on the right, before you cross the Isar and run back on the other bank. Just before you reach the starting point of the route, you can, if you feel like it, turn into the English Garden and let the day end comfortably and sociably.The start and finish of this run are located northeast of Munich city center and are easily accessible by public transport. If you prefer to take the S-Bahn, you best drive to the university and extend the route for a short run across the English Garden.
The Tegernsee is a popular destination Munich recreation seekers. No wonder: it is easy to reach and its location in the Bavarian Alps is simply beautiful. This short run starts in the middle of the same named place Tegernsee and leads you up to the Riederstein and the Baumgartenschneid - two beautiful viewpoints and enjoyable rewards for over 700 meters of altitude, which you deserve on the way.It starts at the station Tegernsee - not without reason, because this run is simply predestined to arrive by train: There is a direct connection from Munich, from the main station to here only a little more than an hour needed, even with the car barely beat is. Perfect for a stress-free start to the day. From the train station you start walking and after a few hundred meters you change to unpaved field and forest paths, which at first lead you gently, later quite steeply up the slopes of Galaunalm.A short detour brings you up a steep stairway up to the first viewpoint of the run, the Riederstein with its picturesque chapel. From here you have a clear view of the deep blue Tegernsee below you. Take a short breath and gather your strength for the next section. For now the Baumgartenschneid is waiting for you, with 1,448 meters altitude the true highlight of the route. Up here you can really breathe mountain air and enjoy a truly breathtaking view in all directions - with good visibility even to Munich!Now it's just downhill. If you are hungry, take a break at Gasthaus Riederstein. Or you just run back to Tegernsee and look for a cozy restaurant on the shores of the lake, where you can end your little trail running trip to the edge of the Alps.As already mentioned, this run is perfect for traveling by train. The Bavarian Oberlandbahn is your express connection "München - Trail". It's best to start early in the day, because then you have the trails and trails that are quite popular among hikers. The first train starts already at 6.29 clock at Munich Central Station - on the way you can close your eyes again.
The Munich local mountains offer a variety of varied trail running opportunities of different difficulty levels. Beginners and advanced skiers alike will get their money's worth and enjoy the idyllic mountain scenery at the gates of the city far away from the big city bustle.This short tour leads to the Rampoldplatte, a 1,422 meter high peak in the Mangfallgebirge. The track is also suitable for trail running beginners, with at least 600 meters of altitude but already a challenge. You start at the car park Oberes Jenbachtal, where it can be a little more hectic at first, as hikers and bikers are looking for recreation here as well. But soon it will be quieter, because you do not walk on the main path, but on a small path next to it, which leads you - partly on steep steps - towards the summit. Via the Schuhbräualm, the Rampoldalm and the Lechneralm it goes higher and higher, until you arrive at the top and can enjoy the really impressive view there.The descent takes place over the Hillstoaner Alm - from now it goes only downhill. If you like, you can take a rest at the alpine hut and strengthen yourself. Then you will run along the Jenbach with its idyllic waterfalls back to the starting point of the tour.The journey to this tour is by car. To do this, take the A8 from Munich to Bad Aibling and then drive via Bad Feilnbach to the hiking car park Oberes Jenbachtal. From the center of Munich, the journey takes just under an hour.
With 25 kilometers and 1,370 meters of altitude difference, this race up to the Zireiner See on Austrian territory is very demanding and therefore more suitable for runners with a certain experience. If you make your way, you will be rewarded richly for every meter: The route takes you to some of the most beautiful places on the Rofan and in Tyrol. The highlight is the "Jewel of the Rofan", the Zireiner See, which is considered the most beautiful mountain lake in the entire region.You start your run on the outskirts of the small village of Steinberg am Rofan, which lies at the foot of the impressive mountains, which you later partly run up. From the start, you will walk along a small mountain path that will take you straight to the idyllic nature of the Rofan mountain range. The first few kilometers of your run go up and down, so you first come to operating temperature. Then the long climb up to the Zireiner Lake begins. The first leads you along a stream through a beautiful mountain forest, past the (unmanaged) Schauertalalm hut and then up steeply until the breathtaking view of the lake opens up in front of you. Here it really pays to take a break. The landscape here is beautiful and you should not miss the chance to cool your feet in the fresh water of the mountain lake.Afterwards you will run downhill again, down to the Eselskar. Scenic it is beautiful here and yet the route is a real challenge: Although (or just because) it goes downhill, your leg muscles will be tested properly. When you see the hut, which is also uncultivated, on the Schmalzklausenalm right next to you, the second ascent of the route begins. Over a partly very narrow and hardly recognizable path you run up to the mountain. Here you can breathe again, enjoy the great view and look forward to the rest of the run - the most demanding part you have done! From now on it is mainly downhill and on the Schönjochalm finally the only working hut with a refreshment is waiting for you. From here it is only a few kilometers to the starting point of the tour.With a running time of around five hours, this route is a great day trip, for which you should plan a drive of about 1.5 hours from Munich city center by car. Since there is only a rest stop on the way, which is also just before the end of the route, you should take enough provisions. If you omit the Zireiner See and run through the valley of the Steinberger Ache, you can shorten the distance significantly.