Frankfurt, Germany

Main River Route

The Main River is the longest right tributary of the Rhine, and runs through central Frankfurt. The older part of the city on its north side, and the ‘Museum Embankment’ highlights the south side. With lovely paths along both sides of the river featuring great views, this is one of the signature places to run in Frankfurt. The principal run along the river is a 7 km (4.3 mile) loop.

Start from the centrally located Park Nizza, near the Willy-Brandt-Platz U-bahn station. It’s about 1 km east to the Friedensbrücke bridge, where you can cross over to the south side, and run about 3 km east to the Deutschherrnbrücke pedestrian bridge, over to Hafenpark (you can go another 1.5 km further east along the paths). This southern section is along the green ‘Museum Embankment’, consisting of several important museums and interesting buildings. Then loop back to the start, passing by the Äquatorialsonnenuhr sculpture, and the Altstadt (old city). There are several bridges to vary the route length, including the Eiserner Steg (‘love locks’), and one going over to the Museumsufer.

Essentials
  • 7 km (4.3 miles). Longer option is to continue another 1.5 km east from Deutschherrnbrücke bridge
  • 90 feet
  • Park Nizza, near the Willy-Brandt-Platz U-bahn station, or anywhere along the path
  • Willy-Brandt-Platz U-bahn station