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Whatever the weather – trail running in Germany

© Greg Rosenke

Whatever the weather – trail running in Germany

Running Collection by adidas TERREX

14

Tours

36:17 h

181 mi

25,525 ft

One moment it’s glorious golden sunshine, the next it’s grey and raining – in autumn you need to be prepared for all conditions on your adventures. The ever-changing weather can make it tricky to choose the right clothes. If you start in mild temperatures in the valley, the icy wind may already be whistling at the summit. And, let’s face it, you’re likely to work up a sweat on the ascent. There's one thing that’s guaranteed to help: the tried-and-tested layering system. To make sure you're well-equipped, adidas TERREX has created our Adventure Wardrobe just in time for the colder months. This way, you’re perfectly equipped for rapid weather changes and can enjoy the great outdoors in all conditions.

When you’re trail running, it’s especially important to travel light on the trails. As you climb into the hills, your heart rate speeds up, your breath quickens, your body heats up and you feel the fresh, cool air in your lungs. When you reach the top, you take a deep, satisfying breath – but before long you’ll be pleased you packed that extra layer. Luckily, the Adventure Wardrobe tops are designed especially for outdoor sports, so you won't have to carry a heavy load.

The adidas Adventure Wardrobe offers complete comfort, built up in four layers. The base layer keeps you dry thanks to the use of merino wool, which absorbs moisture and feels pleasant on the skin. The middle layer boasts fleece inserts, which keep you warm but are also breathable. When it gets even colder, the insulation layer comes to the rescue: made from PrimaLoft synthetic fibre, this clothing is particularly light and warm, even when wet. If it gets really cold, then add an outer layer to protect you from rain and wind. The great thing about the layering system is that if you get too warm, the individual layers can be quickly taken off – and put back on again. Our tops and jackets are designed to be light and convenient and therefore your ideal outdoor companions. So, you're ready for any adventure – whatever your summit, you're good to go.

There are plenty of summits to choose from when you’re trail running in Germany. Be it the well-known names like Großer Feldberg, Brocken or Hornisgrinde, or the lesser-known summits you’ll discover on your runs in the Eifel, the Hunsrück or through Franconian Switzerland. In this Collection, we’ve put together 14 Tours that showcase the variety of trail running in Germany. On your runs by the Baltic Sea or through the Lüneburg Heath, you’ll have very little elevation gain, but the region offers other incentives for your next run. And there are plenty of trails in the German forests, too. No matter how many kilometres you cover or metres of altitude you gain, trail running allows you to discover the different corners of Germany at your own pace and experience the delights of each region. No matter what time of year, these Tours are great fun.

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Tours

  1. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

    Aachen Forest – trail running in Germany

    01:45
    8.95 mi
    5.1 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Germany, Belgium, Holland – things get international on this almost 15 kilometer long running route in the border triangle near Aachen. The start is in Germany, at Vaalserberg you are only a stone's throw away from Holland and ends the round with a beautiful arc through Belgium. Cheers to Europe! Since

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  2. 02:39
    14.1 mi
    5.3 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    This almost 23 kilometer long tour takes you to the Vulkaneifel. At a running pace you meander between the volcanic craters and let the wonderful nature work its magic on you. There's hardly a better way to switch off. The starting point of the round is at the Kurpark in Daun. To get in the mood, you

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  4. 03:38
    18.1 mi
    5.0 mph
    2,050 ft
    2,050 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    Things look promising on this almost 30 kilometer long running route. On your way up to the Erbeskopf (816 meters) you will gain altitude and distant views - as befits the highest mountain in the Hunsrück. The starting point of the circular tour is in the tranquil town of Hattgenstein.

    

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  5. 02:20
    11.0 mi
    4.7 mph
    2,525 ft
    2,525 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Palatinate Forest is one of the largest contiguous forest areas in Germany - no wonder that the region offers many kilometers of trail fun for runners. On the springy forest floor you can discover the corner of Rhineland-Palatinate at your own pace and breathe in the soothing forest air. The starting

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  6. 02:12
    10.5 mi
    4.7 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At 881 meters high, the Großer Feldberg is not only the highest mountain in the Taunus, the summit is a striking landmark in the low mountain range. Have you ever climbed the mountain not far from the gates of Frankfurt? If not, then it's time! If so, then it's time to go back. This almost 17 kilometer

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  7. 01:09
    4.71 mi
    4.1 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The title of this short run sounds appealing, doesn't it? At just under eight kilometers and 450 meters in altitude, the route can be described as short and crisp - just the right thing for after work or for an active start to the day. The starting point of the route is in Heidelberg's old town.

    

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  8. 02:41
    13.5 mi
    5.1 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    The Edersee in northern Hesse covers an area of almost 12 square kilometers and offers you a wonderful local recreation area all around the shore. As you walk along the shore, you can let your gaze wander over the blue water and the surrounding mountains - and plan a few detours up. On this almost 22

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  9. 01:44
    9.45 mi
    5.5 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    The Bärenstein in the Ore Mountains rises almost 900 meters high. If you stand at the summit cross, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view all the way to the Czech Republic. Reason enough to take the climb under the outsoles. With its 15 kilometers length and 300 meters altitude, this tour is also

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  10. 01:48
    9.63 mi
    5.3 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    Franconian Switzerland is characterized by its characteristic mountain and hilly landscape, which is peppered with striking rock formations and caves. Crisscrossed with narrow trails, the region in Upper Franconia offers the best conditions for a fun run. The starting point of this 15 kilometer long

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  11. 04:05
    17.9 mi
    4.4 mph
    3,825 ft
    3,825 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    It is one of the most famous sights in Germany, Neuschwanstein Castle near Schwangau. The magnificent building sits like a fairytale at the top, surrounded by forested peaks. But it's not just the castle that's worth seeing, the entire landscape around it will also enchant you. This almost 29 kilometer

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  12. 02:19
    12.2 mi
    5.3 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The German painter Caspar David Friedrich (1774 to 1840) was impressed by the chalk cliffs that rise steeply on the eastern coast of Rügen. The white stone stands out impressively against the blue water of the Baltic Sea, a wonderfully green beech forest extends to the edge and completes the play of

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  13. 02:11
    11.7 mi
    5.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    Gentle hills, sandy paths, wild trees and the Heidschnucken leisurely chewing in between - the Südheide is a special piece of earth. On this almost 19 kilometer long loop you will discover the wonderful landscape - ideally during the flowering period in August and September. Then the heather glows bright

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  14. 04:04
    20.1 mi
    5.0 mph
    2,725 ft
    4,675 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Mystical, legendary and simply beautiful - the northern Black Forest has its own character and offers countless kilometers of wonderful trails on which you can let off steam to your heart's content. On this 32 kilometer long loop you will discover the landscape between Ruhestein and Forbach - you follow

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  15. 03:44
    18.8 mi
    5.0 mph
    3,300 ft
    3,300 ft
    Expert
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    It is probably the landmark in the north: the Brocken! It rises 1,141 meters in the Harz Mountains and is a popular spot for outdoor athletes. You can climb the legendary mountain at a running pace on promising trails and look forward to a fantastic view - if the distant view is good. Be sure to pack

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    14
  • Distance
    181 mi
  • Duration
    36:17 h
  • Elevation
    25,525 ft

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